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Fast Company
Three Ways Learning A New Language Helps Your Brain
"Don’t worry if you never get those conjugations right. Language-learning can make you a more creative-problem solver."

Another article describing the benefits of learning a second language.
Lawless French
Why learn another language ?
"Learning a foreign language does more than just make it possible to order coffee or beer in another country – although that part is definitely great! While learning a new language can be difficult, it’s also fascinating and offers many benefits and advantages even to armchair travellers."
Lawless French
Euphonic adjectives
"French grammar is sometimes trumped by pronunciation, as in the case of euphonic adjectives. French does not like the hiatus created when a word ending with a vowel precedes a word that begins with a vowel or mute h, and because of this a few adjectives change their spelling for purely euphonic reasons.
What is fluency ?
"There’s no secret recipe for fluency; indeed, it’s difficult to even find consensus on what "fluency" actually means.

Is it the ability to have a conversation, or language proficiency equivalent to that of a native speaker?
Lawless French
Indefinite adverbs
"Talking about indefinite concepts can be tricky in a foreign language, yet indefinite adverbs are rarely covered as a specific topic in class. Instead, students tend to pick them up randomly here and there as needed. I think it’s more helpful to consider them as a group."
Lawless French
"In French, whenever a word ending in a consonant sound is followed by a vowel or h muet, that consonant sound is transferred onto the next word. This euphonic technique is called enchaînement ."
French at 60
My book is now available
I've at last reached the point where the book that led me to create this web site has finally been published.
Four reasons to learn a new language
A very interesting presentation that starts off by asking why we need to learn foreign languages given the predominance of English and its continuing growth around the globe.
Les temps du passé
Forming the past tense in French can be a challenge for those learning the language, in particular deciding whether to use the past perfect (passé composé) or the imperfect (imparfait).

In this video Boris, a teacher at the alpha.b language school in Nice, provides what is to my mind one of the best explanations that I've come across.
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