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    Lessons You Should Study Before Going to Paris

    Are you traveling to Paris soon?  All of our French lessons will help you, but the lessons listed below are the most important ones to study before you travel to Paris.

    Warning:  You won’t learn much by looking at these lessons here.  You need to first become a paid registered user, then add them to your study plan and study them.

    Trying to learn from this list is like trying to learn French from a dictionary.  It really won’t work even though the content is all there.

    When to Add New Lessons

    We suggest only adding a lesson when prompted to add a lesson.  That way you will know you are making progress.

    Suggested lessons for a visit to Paris:

    1)      Beginners Lesson 1

    2)      Beginners Lesson 2

    3)      Discover Paris

    4)      Public Transportation

    5)      Talking with Travelers

    6)      Talking with Travelers 2

    7)      Checking in to your hotel

    8)      Checking in to your Hotel 2

    9)      Getting Directions

    10)   Renting a Car in France (which I would not do for Paris, only for travel outside the city)

    11)   In the Restaurant

    12)   Buying Coffee and Croissants

    13)   Beginners Lesson 3

    14)   French for Travelers

    15)   Where are you from?

    16)   Dinner in a French Restaurant

    17)   Beginners Lesson 5


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    Parlez-vous français?

    “No” is the most likely answer you’ll get to this question if you ask people off the street. If you’re living in an English-speaking country, Francophones are something of a novelty. The best thing to do is “parler francais” if you want to learn the lingo. I’m not suggesting standing in front of the mirror and having a lovely “conversation en français.” From experience, I know you can’t get very far. Your reflection won’t be too willing to correct your mistakes! I’m also not suggesting you ask for a baguette en français at your local Anglophone bakery. Everyone will stare at you with that “you-should-be-in-a-mental-asylum” look. But don’t worry; you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on a trip to France.

    There’s a solution in your neighborhood—a place where you can “parler francais” freely as though you are in “l’hexagone.” Alliance Française is the world’s largest French language school. In addition to teaching français, this organization offers a variety of events where members can practice their French and learn about French culture. You will be surprised just how much you can learn at Alliance Française. Read More . . .

    Eleven Ways To Learn French Faster from A Dutch Language Learning Genius

    by Mark Benninga

    Mark Benninga can speak 10 languages and read 20. Read his advice for learning French below.

    I think I am a language genius.  I am able to pick up new languages at an extremely fast rate.

    I can also imitate accents, pitch and intonation on a level ordinary people rarely attain.  I can read 20 languages and I am solidly conversational in over 10 languages.

    I’m Not Bragging

    I don’t say this in order to brag about it because I believe that any gift people possess is a gift God imparted.   But as the American sports figure Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t bragging if you can do it!”

    So how can I help you, a typical American without ANY knowledge of a foreign language?

    Here’s my list of tips that will help you learn French faster and have more fun.

    You may discover that you have talents you never dreamed of!

    1.  Start with Simple Examples . . .

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