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How to talk French : 6 real-life situations to test yourself

How to talk French
How to talk French

So you've studied French, you have the basics down, you've studied grammar and know some vocabulary. You can read simple text in French, and you can even understand some when someone speaks to you slowly and clearly.

What you really want, though, is to move up to the next level and actually talk French in real life with real French

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Answering the phone in French

Answering the phone in French
Answering the phone in French

If you are to speak French like a native, you should know how to answer the phone in French, how to make a call and how to have a phone conversation.

French phone talk has evolved over the years as mobile networks have progressively replaced landlines !  The terms and phrases used when calling on a cell phone are typically

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How to talk about yourself in French

How to talk about yourself in french
How to talk about yourself in french

Talking about yourself in French can be fun if you're hanging out with French speaking friends, students or co-workers.

The situations of life in which you need to present yourself are countless : school, job interviews, professional meetings, administrative stuff, social encounters, dating ...

Introducing yourself in French, that is, saying out your name, age, home country, occupation etc, is

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How to talk about holidays in French

Talking about holidays in French
Talking about holidays in French

Holidays are one thing French people are experts on, as a lot of people in France enjoy 4 to 5 weeks off each year.

In the French schooling system, children and college students typically get at least 3 months vacation time in the summer, from June / July to September / October, depending on school, region, and class grade.

These

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Essential phrases you need for basic french conversation

Essential expressions and phrases you need for basic French conversation
Essential expressions and phrases you need for basic French conversation

If you've been hanging out on this website for a while, you probably know about my experience and ideas about learning to speak a language.

To summarize, the only way I've found to really start speaking, even after months or years of traditional lessons, is to learn and memorize complete phrases in context, and when and how to use them.

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How to express and ask for opinion in French

How to express your opinion in french
How to express your opinion in french

So you've mastered the basics of spoken French.  Your next challenge ? Being able to participate in more involved conversations and debates, in which you ask people for their opinion and share yours.

Formal debates in an academic or professional context are one thing, but informal debates of opinion among friends or acquaintances is where your speaking skills are really

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How to speak French fluently : my approach to learning spoken languages

how to learn french fluently - my approach to languages
how to learn french fluently - my approach to languages

A recurring question among language learners, including French learners, is : how can I learn to actually speak the language.  Hundreds of people complain that, despite months or years of language lessons, they are basically helpless when it comes to verbal interactions.

I'd like to share my personal experience about learning spoken languages, and suggest an approach to start speaking

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Conversation between waiter and customer in a restaurant in french

conversation between waiter and customer in a restaurant in French
conversation between waiter and customer in a restaurant in French

Going to a restaurant in France is an important activity.  As a traveller and learner of spoken French, you need to be able to get by in these situations.

Not all restaurants are created equal, however, and some places you may end up dining at in France (like anywhere else) will not be up to your expectations.

In this article,

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A conversation in French between two friends

Conversation between two friends in French
Conversation between two friends in French

One of the most efficient ways to learn to speak a language is by talking to friends who are native speakers.

Thing is, though, it's really hard to make friends with a native without having minimum speaking and listening skills in their language  (unless of course they also speak yours).

So, for you to become friends with a French speaking

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How to express gratitude in French

How to express gratitude in French
How to express gratitude in French

French is intrinsically quite a formal language, with lots of phrases and expressions for politeness and social etiquette.  One area replete with such expressions is for expressing gratitude.

There are dozens of combinations for expressing gratitude in French, many of which revolve around "merci" and "remercier".

The funny thing is, giving thanks is often something that's a bit awkward for

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Conversation beween doctor and patient in French

Conversation between doctor and patient in French
Conversation between doctor and patient in French

Often times, when living or travelling in a country where people speak a foreign language, we don't think about health problems until one actually hits us.

Only then do we realize we've never had to deal with a doctor who doesn't speak our language ! Being able to have a small conversation in French with a doctor - with you

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How to use bof in French

Bof in french
Bof in french

If you're learning French, you've probably had to cope with the meaning of interjections like "bof", "bah", "ben", "euh" and others.

You've probably found yourself in puzzlement, trying to make out exactly what the French speakers across from you meant as she used one of these words, whether standalone or as part of a longer sentence.

Well, you need not

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Conversation in French between shopkeeper and customer

conversation in french between shopkeeper and customer
conversation in french between shopkeeper and customer

If you're learning French, chances are you'll end up one of these days in a French store in Paris, Lyon or Marseille (or elsewhere, if you haven't already).

By now, you probably know that for most French people, including salespeople and shopkeepers, having to speak in English for helping a customer is a scary and painful prospect.

For this reason,

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17 great ways to express anger in spoken French

17 ways to express anger in spoken French
17 ways to express anger in spoken French

Aggravation is often part of daily life.  We all get angry once in a while, whether at home, in the street, at work, at a store, driving, with family ... The list is endless.

Of course, these kinds of situations may also happen while travelling or living in a French speaking environment.

When I'm learning a new language, I try

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How to say have a nice day in french

How to say have a nice day in french
How to say have a nice day in french

In this article, we discuss what native French speakers say when leaving to wish someone a good day - or some other moment in time : afternoon, evening, week, month, year, holiday, event etc.

As always, there are various phrases you can use depending on the time of day, time of year, or event.  Each phrase also can take on

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14 ways to say I miss you in French

How to say I miss you in French
How to say I miss you in French

In a recent post, we took a look at phrases and expressions for expressing love in spoken French.  That post discusses everything you need to know about crushes, dating, relationships, and even rejection.

On a different note, suppose you have a French boyfriend or girlfriend, or even a very close friend, who has gone on a long trip or just

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How to understand spoken French better

How to better understand spoken french
How to better understand spoken french

As a learner of the French language, you’ve probably found out that, no matter how much you study, understanding everyday spoken French is an enormous challenge.

The problem is the same in many languages : you can learn grammar and vocabulary, you can master reading and even writing, but when it comes to listening to spoken language, it’s just a

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French conversation for a cocktail party

French conversation for a cocktail party
French conversation for a cocktail party

One of my biggest challenges when learning a new language is having a conversation at a party where most of the people are native speakers.

Meeting new people, introducing oneself, engaging in small talk, talking and asking about personal life, work life, relationships to other persons ...  

That’s all quite challenging when you’re barely mastering the basics of the language.

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How to express surprise and excitement in French

How to express surprise and excitement in French
How to express surprise and excitement in French

Life is full of surprises.  Every now and then someone will come out and tell you something that will make your jaw drop, your eyes stare in disbelief, your blood flush with excitement.

When learning a foreign language, I find these situations to be very uncomfortable.

Why ? Because I’m typically short on things to say to express these feelings

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The best French expressions for love

dialogue en français simple - Les yeux de l'amour - leçon vidéo de français parlé
dialogue en français simple - Les yeux de l'amour - leçon vidéo de français parlé

They say France is a romantic soul's dream...  Makes you want to fly to Paris in a quest for love, with as a backdrop the Champs Elysée and Eiffel tower ...

But how do the real French actually feel, and talk, about love ? Are they as romantic as in the movies and novels ?

Most of them aren’t.  Like

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French slang that’s not so slang : the word “chier”

Slang expression chier in French
Slang expression chier in French

French speakers use a rather broad range of slang expressions with high frequency.

Many of these expressions revolve around the word "chier".

The word litteraly means "defecate", but is used every day by millions of people in many kinds of situations.

It's very common for French speakers to use the slang word "chier" not only in the street

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