This site is a companion reference for a book that I shall be publishing later in 2018.
Entitled French at 60, it is aimed primarily at people who have always wanted to speak French but perhaps feel that they are now too old.
It is part a personal story and part a guide to the wealth of resources that are now available for people who find themselves in this position.
Bonjour, and welcome to what I hope is an eclectic mix of French content that reflects my day to day encounters with news, commentary and learning materials, mainly from a variety of francophone sources that I follow on social media.
Lequel, auquel et duquel
Français Authentique is another resource that I recommend.
Johan was one of the first online tutors I followed, and although I now spread my time across numerous resources, I shall always be grateful to him for his clear and interesting podcasts.

In this video he describes the use of the relative pronoun lequel and its derivatives. These are pronouns that you may find confusing but Johan's explanation is both brief and clear.

Advice for learning French
Comme une française is one of the web sites that I recommend. I have followed Géraldine for a number of years and her weekly videos are both instructive and interesting. In this video she explains that learning French isn't just about the language. In fact she attributes only 20% to language. She goes on to suggest that interpersonal communication is 30% of what learning French is all about.

And the other 50%?


Baccalaureate - Philosophy
French baccalaureate kicks off with philosophy exam
The French are known for their love of debating and perhaps this can be explained by the importance that is placed on philosophy in the French education system. We should not be surprised, therefore, to learn that this year's baccalaureate examinations commenced with the philosophy paper.

As is quoted in the article to which this post refers, “The philosophy exam has always carried strong symbolic weight in France, and that’s linked to the Enlightenment.”

Mademoiselle or Madame
Mademoiselle or Madame
Another interesting article from French Together that this time looks at the possible pitfalls of using the term Mademoiselle when addressing a woman in France.
Emmanuel Macron thanks Australian PM's 'delicious wife'
English and French share many words, which is helpful when learning the language. But unfortunately a word can often mean something different in each language.
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