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What a Foreign Language Can do for Your Career

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The Importance of Studying a Language

At a time when the take-up of languages at GCSE, 'A' Level and beyond is decreasing, I want to...
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Transition from GCSE to AS level French

Achieving a good grade at GCSE French does not necessarily guarantee an easy transition to AS/A...
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How to best memorize another language

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  • Tips On French Pronunciation

    Cettina Russano GCSE French Tutor (South West London) Picture One of the difficulties related to French pronunciation is that it is not a phonetic language. In a phonetic language each letter has a single corresponding sound and spelling matches pronunciation. French and English are not phonetic: they have letters that can be pronounced in different ways...
  • A quick guide to French tenses - the basics

    Jan Gore GCSE French Tutor (Twickenham) Picture Many students struggle at first with using different French tenses. Here is a quick guide to the main ones. The present tense is used to describe things that are happening now. For example, je lis un livre = I am reading a book, il cherche ses lunettes = he looks for his glasses.  The near...
  • Just Jump Into The Deep Water With French

    Aleksandra French (general) Tutor (South East London) Picture You choose French studies. You think it will be easy - a couple of words and phrases to memorise every week. Then you realise what you didn't realise before; that French Literature studies are really about Literature. OK, it has just got a bit more difficult but, hey, still it's 10 hours per...

 

  • How to become fluent in French: five top tips!

    Jessica Wells A-level French Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture It's taken me almost ten years to get to the point where I feel comfortable describing myself as fluent in French. My learning has accelerated in the past four years, and most of all in the seven months I spent living and teaching in France. With this experience in mind, I'd like to share my...
  • Tips To Make Your Language Dream Come True

    Annie Marrec French (general) Tutor (Bath) Picture How to find the time, the tools and some motivation to learn a languageWe all have different reasons to learn a language. For instance I may never have chosen to learn English at a more advanced level if it were not for my passion for English and American Literature. It helped a lot that I had a...
  • French Perfect tense or Past Definite?

    Annie Marrec French (general) Tutor (Bath) Picture Comparing The Perfect tense and the Past definite or Historic Past    The Perfect tense is for written and spoken French. It describes an action completed in the past. It can be a recent past (ce matin, aujourd'hui) or something further in the past (1936 etc).   The Past Historic or Past...