How to type French accents on PC and MAC

Because I know how difficult and time consuming trying to write in French with an English keyboard is (especially when you are only using the “insert symbol” option), I thought that a table of all the shortcuts might come handy! Make sure that your number lock is off!   For PC To type accents withContinue reading “How to type French accents on PC and MAC”

7 Ways to Help Maintaining Your French

A foreign language that you are learning should really be practised on a regular basis so as to maintain a good level of proficiency. So here are some tips as to what you can do to ensure that this level is maintained! I have also included some very useful links. 1) READ This is anContinue reading “7 Ways to Help Maintaining Your French”

A poem to teach greetings to children in French

As I am currently teaching French at Year 3 Primary level and have already taught how to introduce yourself (name, age, residence), I thought that it would be nice for the children to learn a poem which would include all of those notions that they could show off to their parents! And to introduce theContinue reading “A poem to teach greetings to children in French”

Do you speak motherese?

But what on earth , are you now thinking, IS motherese? Do you know what motherese iiiiiiiiiis? Do you know? Doooooooo you? Oh yes you do! Yeeeeeeeeeeeees you do!!!! Well… “Motherese” (or “parentese”) is the name that was given to Baby talk. It is a nonstandard form of speech used by adults in talking to toddlers andContinue reading “Do you speak motherese?”

Les expressions préférées des Ados !

«Crari», «staive, «wesh»… Les expressions… by liberation     REPORTAGE VIDÉO (cliquez ci-dessus) A l’occasion de la semaine de la langue française et de la francophonie, Libération a demandé à des élèves de 5e du collège Françoise Dolto dans le XXe arrondissement de Paris, quels étaient leurs mots ou expression favoris. Fanny LESBROS et Cécile BOURGNEUF Pour résumer: StaiveContinue reading “Les expressions préférées des Ados !”

Do you Busuu?

Have you ever heard of  “Busuu”? Busuu is a social network for learning languages based on a “Freemium” model (offering both free and premium services). The website is named after a Cameroon language with only three living speakers in 2005! This is how the Busuu describes their method: “Instead of studying alone at home withContinue reading “Do you Busuu?”

A guide to Buying a Translation / Traduction : Faire les bons choix

When you are foreign to the linguists’ industry, buying a translation can be daunting and frustrating.Fortunately, the ITI (The Institute of Translating and Interpreting) has issued an extremely useful guide aimed at those who find themselves in this tricky situation. In this guide, the authors explain for example the difference between translating and interpreting, theContinue reading “A guide to Buying a Translation / Traduction : Faire les bons choix”

Liens utiles pour l’enseignement du français / Useful links for French teaching

Here are a few links of blogs and sites that I have bumped into recently and that I find very useful for teaching French. Some are quite hilarious! What would we do without the Canadians, seriously? Ci-dessous, quelques liens de blogs et sites sur lesquels je suis tombée récemment et que je trouve très utilesContinue reading “Liens utiles pour l’enseignement du français / Useful links for French teaching”


I have discovered that my Australian friends love shortening words and dropping a few syllables! I suppose it is an efficient way to get to the point (or beer) quicker! One of the most common Australian abbreviation is the one with the added suffix -o (at the end of the word). Though it can beContinue reading “Righto?”