Tag Archives: French classes

Uniquely Canadian French Idioms


Maybe you’ve heard that Canada officially has two languages: English and French, and that the majority of its residents are able to speak both fluently. While the French language in Canada and Francophone culture does have quite a bit of depth to it, English is still trumping French on the Canadian curling rink. Interestingly enough,(…)

Language faux pas


It’s not just us humble language learners that make the occasional faux pas in another language. World leaders do it too. The Guardian has put together this fun quiz of linguistic gaffes – can you guess the correct answers for all of them? In honor of the faux pas, perhaps you could try some French(…)

The Love Point

Today is Valentine’s Day, and whilst you contemplate whether to pay full-price for candy today or wait until it’s discounted, why not also think about some obscure punctuation marks? The one that is particularly relevant today is the Love Point, which looks a little like two question marks facing each other. Proposed in 1966 by(…)

Oscar nominees

It’s awards season at the moment, and the Oscars are fast approaching. “What’s this got to do with language learning?” I hear you ask. Well, watching foreign films is a great way to brush up on your language skills. And why not do this by watching something Oscar-worthy? The five nominees this year are: No(…)

Gmail – now in Cherokee

Google search in Cherokee has been around for a while. Now Cherokee is available in Gmail too! Both include a virtual keyboard that you can use to type the writing system invented by Sequoyah. The project arose when the Oklahoma Cherokee population found that no one under 40 spoke conversational Cherokee. The Cherokee Nation decided(…)

Signing app with Marlee Matlin

Do you want to learn the fundamentals sign language in your own time? Then Marlee Matlin has the app for you. The award-winning deaf actress has released Marlee Signs, an app that shows you the fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL). It starts with the signed alphabet and moves on to common signs you would(…)