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Learning the French language online [duplicate]

I am interested in learning French but don't know the first thing about it. I just love how it sounds as well as the complexity of it so I decided that I want to learn it. What would be either the ...
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What are the best on-line tools for learning french [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Free online resources for beginner course I've been studying French for about 9 months and I've found the following on-line tools helpful. News in slow French Ma France (BBC) ...
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Restrictions on the usage of the conjunction “soit”

Recently, I stumbled upon a sentence written by another French learner, in which the conjunction soit was used in a subject phrase to designate potential agents or topics. I am not going to include ...
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Agreement of the past participle in “C’est une raison que j’ai choisie” [duplicate]

Is there feminine agreement at the end of choisi in the sentence « C’est une raison que j’ai choisi »?
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D'où viens-tu ? or Tu viens d'où ? [duplicate]

In my online course it says that asking where do you come from is like “D’où viens-tu ?” but I've watched a french beginner video and in the video it says “Tu viens d'où ?” for the question. I am ...
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Accord du participe passé [duplicate]

J'ai lu dans une chronique de Pascal Pia la phrase suivante : [Baudelaire] tint cependant à commenter l’œuvre de Dupont avec autant de chaleur qu’il en aurait eu, s’il avait eu à s’acquitter de ...
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What is the negation of the sentence - J’habite dans une jolie maison

As we were taught that for indefinite articles, in negation they change to de. In the sentence - J’habite pas dans une jolie maison, there is no change of une to de. Why is that?
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How to Tell “On” meaning “one” or “we”

I had someone say they were looking for a dance school "où on peut apprendre des danses de salon". In this context is it more likely to mean "where one can learn to ballroom dance" or where "we can ...
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Aidez-moi à comprendre ce que les gens disent dans ce podcast [closed]

Bonjour ! Je suis en train de transcrire un podcast fascinant pour un projet mais je ne comprends pas quelques phrases que disent les interviewés, dont beaucoup ont un accent ou parlent très vite. 2:...
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Why “de” in “de vos nouvelles”?

The translation of "Nice to hear from you again!" is C'est bon d'avoir de vos nouvelles ! Why is de necessary in de vos nouvelles? Why can't we just say vos nouvelles? In a similar example, we ...
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Prononciation des mots “beau” et “bon”

Dans un extrait de "La phonétique" de Bertil Malmberg, l'auteur indique que: Ainsi les mots beau et bon, fait et fin ne se distinguent l'un et l'autre que par la présence ou l'absence de résonance ...
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Translation of “excited” without specific thing [duplicate]

"This is an exciting time to be part of the company. I'm really excited." C'est un moment passionnant de faire partie de l'entreprise. ____ How should "I'm really excited" be translated? There was ...
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How to say it in slang french ?

How to say "you're so amazing and I'm your biggest fan in the world! I'll support you forever, I love you" in french? Slang french!
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Emploi du pluriel “formulæ” en français

Then we construct substitution formulæ valid for... Ensuite, nous construisons des formulæ de substitution valables pour... Peut-on utiliser en français le pluriel latin formulæ ?
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How am I supposed to understand spoken French? [closed]

I've been learning French and reading and writing it is easy. But understanding spoken French is hard because many consonants are not pronounced, and they speak so fast, blurring the entire sentence ...
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Pourquoi certains prénoms sont-ils au pluriel ?

Pourquoi ces prénoms sont-ils au pluriel : Jules, Charles, Georges ? Y en a-t-il d'autres ?
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“Je veux le lire en française aussi !” vs “Je veux lire en française aussi !”

The context of the sentence is that I have read a book in English, and I want to read it in French as well. I would say something like "J’adore ce livre! Je veux le lire en française aussi !" Now ...
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“Work in progress” en français

Je sais qu'il y a sur le présent sujet une question déjà classée dans le FSE mais je n'y trouve pas de réponse à mon problème. Selon linguee l'homologue de work in progress est travail en cours. ...
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Why is “follow with her eyes” translated as “suivre des yeux” and not “suivre de ses yeux”?

Where does the “her” go. The phrase “Following me with her ears” would be translated as “Elle me suit avec ses oreilles”. But, the possessive pronoun “ses” is nowhere to be found when “des” is used ...
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is the sentence “ce sont ses amies, elle leur montre les photos” correct?

from my textbook : "ce sont ses amies , elle (lui , leur , la) montre les photos" if i were to choose one , i would not choose any of them , actually i will go with something like "se" because "Se ...
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Comment « dépit » glisse-t-il sémantiquement pour signifier « sans tenir compte de » ?

Je cite Larousse. Irritation légère causée par une déception, une blessure d'amour-propre, amertume, rancœur passagère ; désappointement En dépit de quelque chose, malgré cela, sans en tenir ...
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Un gramme ou une barrette

I have heard the following dialogue in the TV series Marseille: Drug addict: Tu as quelque chose por moi? Drug dealer: Tu veux quoi? Drug addict: Un gramme ou une barrette. Ce que t'as. Does "...
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« Il a s'écarté du droit chemin, » ou « Il est s'écarté du droit chemin. » ? [duplicate]

Someone is reviewing the curriculum vitae of another person and now has to pass judgement on it. His judgement is that this person has lost his real way of life and the sense of his life and that he ...
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Is “Comment vas-tu” formal or casual?

Is “Comment vas-tu?” formal or casual? I have also tried asking other websites and it did not make any sense.
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Writing a sentence in past tense in French

I read the following sentence in French: Le Parlement a modifié la loi. Does the above sentence mean? The parlement changed the law In this case, cannot we write the above sentence as: Le ...
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What is the difference in using “on va faire la fête” with CONJUGAISON of “faire”?

What is the difference in using "on va faire la fête" et "on va fais la fete" ou "on va fait la fete?
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Mon expérience professionnel me permet de bien comprendre des processus métiers [closed]

Is it correct to say Mon expérience professionnel me permet de bien comprendre des processus métiers et des besoins fonctionnels du monde d'entreprise Any way I can improve the sentence ? ...
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Saisissez vs. Cle [closed]

I'm under the impression that the words "saisissez" and "clé" mean the same thing: "key". Is there a meaningful difference between the two words? Do they have any alternate meanings?
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Étymologie de « grasseyer » : le [ʁ] est gras ?

Ce fil m'a introduit à ce verbe. Comment est-ce que le [ʁ] se pense ou s'estime gras ? [Wiktionnaire :] Dérivé de gras avec le suffixe -eyer (→ voir -oyer).
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“The Queen” in French [closed]

The queen in England is called "The Queen", but how do you translate this into French? What I read in the dictionary is confusing. Please keep the answer simple as I'm not fluent in English (and not ...
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Translating “Surah ali imran” to French [closed]

What is the translation of "Surah ali imran" to French? ali imran (the family of Imran) is a chapter in the Quran (the holy book of muslims).
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How did 'solliciter' semantically shift to signify ‘manage affairs’? [closed]

How did sollicitāre ‘disturb, agitate’ semantically shift to the meaning of "manage affairs"? I don't understand because "disturb, agitate" pejoratively connotes discontentment and ...
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French phonetic transcription to French text [closed]

I need help in finding app or where I could convert French phonetic transcription to actual French text. I have been an assignment on it and don't even understand what the transcript means. Help
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Meaning and difference of the word faite vs faîte [closed]

What does "faite" mean? What does "faîte" mean? What is the difference between the two if any? Is there any cultural significance? Does either word have any slang or connotations associated? What ...
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je me suis battu - meaning

I have heard the following sentence in the TV series Marseille: Ces bâtards m'ont empêché de te voir, mais je me suis battu. Context: Eric, a former friend of the journalist Julia got in love and ...
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How would I say “the teachers”? [closed]

Would I use "des profs" or "les profs"? I know that "les profs" would literally mean "the teachers", but isn't "the teachers" an unspecified amount, and shouldn't we therefore use "des"?
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« Les médecins veulent resserrer la loi » : le procès du verbe ?

Un article s'intitule « Armes à feu: des médecins veulent resserrer la loi »1. Le sens qui semble convenir au TLFi est celui de de borner par des limites étroites et Larousse en ligne présente le sens ...
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Confusion with que / qui / dont / où [closed]

I'm having trouble with que, qui, dont, and où. For the following sentences, did I choose the correct response? It sometimes seems like these are interchangeable. Twilight est l’histoire d’un vampire ...
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When saying “I have never” does conjugation matter? “J'ai jamais vs Je suis jamais”

When shortening stuff in natural language. "I have never been there"/"J'y suis jamais allé" Would a francophone say "J'ai jamais" or "Je suis jamais"
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Interrogative words with inversion and est-ce que

Where do you put the interrogative words and est-ce que or inversion in a question? For example, where would you put the interrogative word combien, inversion, and est-ce que in this question: How ...
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Accorder, sujet ou COD ?

Dans la phrase suivante: Félicitations pour votre implication qui vous aura conduit à la réussite. On ne devrait pas plutôt écrire conduite ? Le sujet est « implication », qui est féminin, je ...
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La carte vitale, what does it mean? [closed]

I came to the following: "la carte vitale" What does this type refer to?
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What does “il fait” mean? [closed]

I came about sentences having "Il fait". What does it mean? For instance, what does "Il fait gris" mean?
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Learning to read French for fluent speakers

What are some good resources to learn how to read French for those who already have a solid command on speaking it? This is somewhat the converse of my question: "Drilling tools for active ...
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How do you pronounce '(Mission) Chang'e (嫦娥) 5` in French, and why?

How would you pronounce the Chinese "(Mission) Chang'e (嫦娥) 5" in French, especially the last part ('e), and why?
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List of orthographic nonsense

I am often struck with how strange is french orthography. As an example "huile" has no reason to have an h now (since u and v are distinct in French), and "femme" having two m is ...
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Comment utiliser un acronyme anglais dans un texte en francais ?

Dans le domaine scientifique, la plupart des papiers publiés sont en anglais. Dans ma thèse, que j'écris en francais, je parle d'un algorithme qui s'appelle en anglais Differenciated square root ...
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De manière claire, qu'est-ce qu'on peut comprendre de ce passage ? [closed]

Qu'est-ce qu'on peut comprendre de ce passage ? Et la parole dénaturée dans tous ces mots, qui s’accumulent, s’échangent, restera muette oui, qu’elle reste muette, avant de retrouver dans une ...
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How do you say “Today is Tuesday” in French?

I am finding it an amazement that many a time, what Duo Lingo is telling me that is brand new information, or very different from anything I have ever learned before, despite three years of high ...
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Any tips for learning french? [closed]

I am learning french via duolingo and was simply wondering if there are any tips or tricks to learn the language better for I’ve been having trouble remembering different possessives and other similar ...

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