1. The most distinctive feature of French intonation is the continuation pattern. While many languages, such as English and Spanish, place stress on a particular syllable of each word, and while many speakers of languages such as English may accompany this stress with a rising intonation, French has neither stress nor distinctive intonation on a given syllable. Instead, on the final syllable of every “rhythm group” except the last one in a sentence, there is placed a rising pitch. For example[26]:p.35 (note that as before the pitch change arrows ↘ and ↗ apply to the syllable immediately following the arrow): Hier ↗soir, il m’a off↗ert une ciga↘rette. (The English equivalent would be “Last eve↗ning, he offered ↗me a cigar↘ette.”)
    Le lendemain ma↗tin, après avoir changé le pansement du ma↗lade, l’infir↗mier est ren↗tré chez ↘lui.
    Intonation (linguistics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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  2. Be quiet! Many Americans are recognized for being louder than is customary in other parts of the world. Large arm and hand movements and boisterous behavior should be avoided until you know how the locals act. Adults in many non-American cultures use lower voices in public places. Either way, you’re always better off being a little more reserved and quiet, at least for starters, than blasting onto a foreign scene with your vitality and making the wrong impression. (via 3 Ways to Avoid Looking Like an American Tourist - wikiHow)

    Be quiet! Many Americans are recognized for being louder than is customary in other parts of the world. Large arm and hand movements and boisterous behavior should be avoided until you know how the locals act. Adults in many non-American cultures use lower voices in public places. Either way, you’re always better off being a little more reserved and quiet, at least for starters, than blasting onto a foreign scene with your vitality and making the wrong impression. (via 3 Ways to Avoid Looking Like an American Tourist - wikiHow)

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  3. France is not exempt. Indeed, France is the only European country since World War II where Jewish schoolchildren were murdered because they were Jews
    Anti-Semitism in France - NYTimes.com (via troye)

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  4. nevver:

La Mouche

    nevver:

    La Mouche

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  5. (via french-problems)

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  6. Contrary to English or German usage, it is considered impolite to address someone as monsieur X when talking to that person: a mere monsieur should be used, monsieur X being reserved for talking about M. X to another person.
    French name - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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  7. rouge-et-de-lille:

    Quand j’apprends que Copé est à Lille.

    image

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  8. submit

    don’t forget to submit if you have french ideas for the blog!!

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  9. troye:

    (via Obama : “Bienvenue mes amis”, en français dans le texte - Infos - Replay)

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  10. memory-bazaar:

"It always seems impossible until it’s done."

    memory-bazaar:

    "It always seems impossible until it’s done."

    (via bonjourfrench)

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  11. Problems with French Numbers - Numberphile (by Numberphile)

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  12. Shit French Politicians Say - American Parigot (by French Fried TV)

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  13. bonjourfrench:

*un signE d’interrogation

    bonjourfrench:

    *un signE d’interrogation

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  14. French
We can thank William the Conqueror for excellent, colour, identity, and about 8000 other French-derived English words left over from the Norman occupation. Linguists estimate that French has influenced up to a third of the modern English language, from the language of the courts in the 11th century to modern terms like je ne sais quoi, après-ski, and bourgeois. For language learners, English has more in common lexically with French than any other Romance language. This means that French vocabulary is more familiar, recognisable, and easy to comprehend. Advanced French learners may struggle with its gendered nouns and 17 verb forms, but for conversational learning, it’s relatively facile. (via Easiest foreign languages: in pictures - Telegraph)

    French
    We can thank William the Conqueror for excellent, colour, identity, and about 8000 other French-derived English words left over from the Norman occupation. Linguists estimate that French has influenced up to a third of the modern English language, from the language of the courts in the 11th century to modern terms like je ne sais quoi, après-ski, and bourgeois. For language learners, English has more in common lexically with French than any other Romance language. This means that French vocabulary is more familiar, recognisable, and easy to comprehend. Advanced French learners may struggle with its gendered nouns and 17 verb forms, but for conversational learning, it’s relatively facile. (via Easiest foreign languages: in pictures - Telegraph)

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