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Introducing Coffee Break Spanish To Go

¿Cuál es la pregunta de hoy? We’ve been asking our beginner and intermediate students what you would find most useful to help you in the earlier stages of the language. While many of you feel that you’re able to say things in the language, the number one difficulty for learners is understanding what native speakers say in response. For example:

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Coffee Break French One Second Search 04

Welcome back to the One Second Search – a fun activity to test your French vocabulary. In our most recent newsletter we included a beautiful video about the sites of Paris and so this grid is filled with words associated with the capital; try to think of tourist attractions and the different areas of the city. Here’s your challenge: 1.

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Newsletter Activity 9 – word origins

Many words of French origin have become common place in the English language but in many cases the original meaning gets changed or lost along the way. Which words can you think of that are used in English but were originally French? Is the meaning the same in both languages? If you want to go a stage further, we’d love

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Newsletter Activity 8 – si + present tense

Today we are going to practise how to express a hypothesis in French using si, to say for example, “if you come, I’ll make a cake”. There are three possible formulas we can follow: si + present tense, followed by present tense si + present tense, followed by future tense si + present tense, followed by imperative (command form) These

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Newsletter Activity 7 – qu’est-ce qui vous passionne?

In this activity, we are looking at different ways to express your interests by asking you qu’est-ce qui vous passionne le plus dans la vie?  There are several ways to answer this. Firstly, you can use the same structure as the question: ce qui me passionne le plus dans la vie c’est… ce qui m’intéresse c’est l’art moderne You can

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Newsletter Activity 6 – False Friend: rude

In this newsletter activity, we’re looking at a false friend. The French word rude in French does not mean the same as the English word “rude”. Can you work out its meaning from the following examples? ma professeur est rude, elle ne veut jamais qu’on parle en cours je fais de l’escalade, j’ai une rude épreuve qui m’attend demain This is

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Newsletter Activity 5 – Il faut…

In this activity we’re going to have a look at the irregular verb falloir. Falloir is an impersonal verb which means that it can only be conjugated in the third person singular (il) form giving il faut. It means “to be necessary”, “to need to do something” or “must”.  This impersonal structure can be followed by an infinitive: il faut travailler dur

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Newsletter Activity 4 – talking about countries

In this newsletter activity, we would like to test your knowledge of prepositions in French, with a particular focus on how you say “in” or “to” when talking about a country. We’d like to you post a comment telling us about a trip you’ve got planned for this year (if you haven’t managed to book anything yet just make it up!).

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Newsletter Activity 3 – La Fête de St-Valentin

Our question to you in this activity is: comment avez-vous fêté la St-Valentin? The verb fêter means “to celebrate”. If you’re trying to work out what something means, remember that if there’s a circumflex accent it often means that in old French there used to be an ‘s’, so fêter < “fester” which can be linked to “festival” and other English words. So how

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Newsletter Activity 2 – J’en ai marre!

Are you familiar with the expression j’en ai marre? It’s a great colloquial expression which means “I’m fed up” or “I’ve had enough”. You can use it on its own, or add de and say what you’re fed up doing. For example: j’en ai marre de faire la vaisselle j’en ai marre de ma voisine j’en ai marre du téléphone Can you work

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Newsletter Activity 1 – Quel temps fait-il?

Coffee Break French learners form a worldwide community. Today we’re asking you a simple question: quel temps fait-il? – what is the weather like where you are? If you’ve just started learning French, you could use a simple expression such as the following: à Londres il fait froid – in London it’s cold à Phoenix il pleut – in Phoenix it’s