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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.
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.
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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