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Can you learn a language in 5 hours?

The answer is: you can't. Of all subjects, foreign languages are the ones that require the...
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What a Foreign Language Can do for Your Career

As a language student, I heard it a million times: “What are you going to do with those...
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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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The Beauty Of French Poetry

This article is all about poetry and the extraordinary world of French poems. As French poetry...

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  • Useful Books For Tutoring French

    Magali Churchill French (general) Tutor (Kingston upon Thames) Picture To prepare for my lessons I use a mix of internet research and books but I always refer to the following: French Grammar and Usage by Roger Hawkins & Richard TowellThe key to French Grammar by Ian Lane I also have a range of various Revision Guides for exams but I prefer the Letts revision...
  • How to increase exposure to a foreign language Editor's Pick

    Christine Sautereau-Chandley French (general) Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture As a language learner, you can increase exposure to a foreign language and culture simply, even when you are busy in the house or driving along... A few changes every day can be a trigger and make such a difference, thanks to modern technology. Digital radios and the internet allow us to be...
  • Bande dessinée recommendations

    French (general) Tutor (Birmingham) Picture As an individual with an enthusiasm for French, I find it fun to read books and BDs, watch films and speak with French people in my local area in order to maintain my level of French and to keep learning new things about the language and culture of France. BDs, or comic books, are very popular...


  • It's easy to speak French

    Graham Prior French (general) Tutor (Reading) Picture It's easy to speak French. We just need to learn in the same way that we learn our mother tongue, by sound. For example, what sound conveys the past tense? At first, there is no need for grammar, reading or writing, or even perfection;these come later with more experience at using the language....
  • Multilingualism and the brain

    French (general) Tutor (West London) Picture Like many multilingual children, my eldest took a little longer than other children his age to start talking.  And when my child talked, his language wasn’t very clear and I found myself translating for other adults.  I wasn’t worried (yet) but I was concerned enough to do try and educate...
  • To be or Not To Be Bilingual Editor's Pick

    GCSE French Tutor (South West London) Picture I was brought up in London by my English father and Brazilian mother, who chose to send me to school at the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulles, where I was educated from ages 3 until 16 in French and following the French curriculum. This gave me a steady platform of language skills on which I...