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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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How to best memorize another language

The best way to memorize any type of knowledge, but especially languages, is to learn it in...
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Why Learn A Foreign Language?

No matter one's age, learning another language is bound to benefit one mentally, psychologically...
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Spoken French

Spoken French, every student's biggest fear! Are you frantically going through vocabulary...

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  • Corporate Capital through Languages Editor's Pick

    Natasha Saed French (general) Tutor (Kingston upon Thames) Picture In a post-Brexit and Trump world, where borders and walls appear to be rising more than being knocked down, languages are more important than ever. Their necessity and power to create and foster not only social, but economic and business relationships is now at the fore of the many benefits they...
  • Teaching grammar - PGCE assignment

    Alice C French (general) Tutor (Dudley) Picture Teaching Grammar The last half a century has seen a plethora of theories and research studies into second language learning and acquisition as experts and practitioners alike try to gain an understanding of how a foreign language (FL) is learnt in order to best inform teaching and learning...
  • Useful idiomatic expressions for written work

    Isabelle Stevenson GCSE French Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture Here are a few popular expressions you might want to use in your oral or written GCSE/A level work (for bonus points!) :   *Ça vaut la peine / ça ne vaut pas la peine : it is (isn’t) worth it *Ça a piqué ma curiosité : it caught my attention *Tout est bien qui finit bien : all is well...

 

  • Passe compose ou imparfait?

    Isabelle Stevenson French (general) Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture This is every student’s nightmare….. How do we know when to use which? Especially as a direct translation is not always helpful! It is best to think in terms of each tense’s specificity (description, repetitive action, or one-off action?) , and the emphasis you give it in the sentence...
  • Tips For Becoming Fluent In French Editor's Pick

    Nordine Schweitzer A-level French Tutor (North West London) Picture Become the foreign person you want to be:I believe that a major part of becoming fluent is based on “acting”: act like a french person and you’re halfway there. Pick up the mannerisms, accent, intonation, gestures that french people use, sell your act of “I’m playing a french person". If you’re...
  • Why Learn A Foreign Language? Editor's Pick

    Mary Williams French (general) Tutor (Croydon) Picture No matter one's age, learning another language is bound to benefit one mentally, psychologically and culturally. It can also be an advantage when competing in the job market, whether national or international. I would say it opens your mind, eyes and heart. You gain another perspective in life...