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Why is English spelling so damn weird?
I know that on the face of it this seems not to be about French, but as we know L'anglais n'est que du français mal prononcé (Alexandre Dumas).
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MIT Learning Language Report
MIT Scientists prove adults learn language to fluency nearly as well as children
An analysis of a paper entitled "A Critical Period for Second Language Acquisition", this article delves into the source data to correct the impression given by some journalists that becoming fluent in another language as an adult might be impossible.
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La fille inconnue
La fille inconnue
I've added a new film review to the Drama category. This film was shown on BBC 4 recently.

Set in Belgium, a young doctor is traumatised after she discovers that a young woman, who knocked at the clinic door the previous evening, had been killed after not being let in.
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Language alters experience of time
Académie Française allows feminisation of job titles
In France, the issue of the feminisation of the names of professions has been a recurring debate, at times lively. In a perhaps unexpected move, the Académie française, guardian of the language of Molière, has agreed in principle to the adoption of feminine titles where these don't already exist.
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Language alters experience of time
Language alters our experience of time
An interesting article that reports how bilinguals not only have the ability to switch between two languages, but how each language can influence how they perceive time in terms of the future and the past.
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Jalouse
Jalouse
Another new film review in the Cinema pages. This time a comedy centred around a middle-aged woman whose life is falling apart because of her jealousy of everybody around her. It's funnier than it sounds!
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After Winter, Spring
After Winter, Spring
I've added a new film review to the Cinema pages. If you find the French country life appealing, you should love this documentary that follows the lives of a group of family farmers in the Périgord region of southwest France.
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Drops app
Podcast Français Facile
Podcasts are great listening practice and this site offers a large number of dialogues at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. It is also possible to select content based on the DELF levels A1 through to C1.
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Drops app
Drops
Yet another app to help you with your French. This time it’s dedicated to vocabulary. As is increasingly the case these days, it’s subscription based with limited free content to entice you in. However, with five minutes of free content a day it provides you with a useful regular vocabulary refresher. There are prompts inviting you to upgrade to a subscription and occasional advertisements.
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