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Mon coach Bescherelle
Mon coach Bescherelle is a learning app that is aimed at improving French grammar and spelling. It seeks to address a problem whereby native speakers are known to make many mistakes in the written language, which should give those of us learning French as a second language some comfort.
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Eight conseils pour progresser rapidement en français
Here Nathalie Porte on her site Nathalie FLE offers very sound advice for improving your French. After years of trying different things I can honestly say that the advice offered here is what I ultimately distilled out after experimenting with many different approaches.
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Le secret pour améliorer sa prononciation
I have been following Johan at Français Authentique for many years, during which time his material has consistently been of high quality. Here he gives some very good advice concerning pronunciation, something that can be critical in determining whether you are understood or not when in conversation with a native French speaker. Presented in French at an intermediate level.
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Mais où doit-on placer l'adverbe ?
In English we can be quite flexible when placing adverbs. No doubt there are grammar rules, but we don't seem to be too bothered if these are flexed.

In French, however, we have to be more precise.

In this video Patricia at Parlez-Vous Français takes us through the basics.
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Learning a second language
I posted a video a short while ago from Comme une Française that dealt with the importance of understanding French culture when learning to speak French. In this longer video Géraldine considers the difference between learning a second language and learning to speak your native language as a child.
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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.

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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%?

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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.”
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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.
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