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19
Mar

Bonne Semaine de la langue française et de la Francophonie

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Happy French language and Francophony week (18-26 March 2017)… … can you believe it’s the 22nd edition?! What is this week about? Organized every year around March 20th, the International Francophonie Day (French: Journée internationale de la Francophonie), the week is about celebrating the richness of the French language and […]

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01
Jan

10 unique ways to say Happy New Year in French

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Happy New Year! Bonne année et bonne santé! This is the simplest way to wish someone a great year as we usher in 2017. But what if you want to send a more meaningful, philosophical, funny, interesting or unique message? Here are some other ways to email, tweet, sms, Facebook, […]

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09
Jan

“Je suis Charlie”

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If you’ve been following international news this week, you’ll have heard that gunmen stormed a popular satirical newspaper and killed 12 people including police. While we don’t want to join the obviously emotional discussion on the freedom expression, what we want to focus on is how one phrase seemed to […]

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20
Dec

Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world

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There’s a lot happening when it comes to organizations working on learning and education in the international development world. That’s what you’ll find in the latest edition of the UN Special, a monthly magazine for the international and diplomatic community in Geneva. It focuses on how education is being used […]

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10
Dec

A new project to help you speak your mind

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Have you ever had the problem of learning verbs but not knowing how to use them in past and future tense? It’s a pain in the a$$ because what we normally learn is not very useful when it comes to conversation. Language is fluid and dynamic and we hear it […]

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19
Nov

Three ways to language hack your brain

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A few months ago, we stumbled upon an amazing video on the Science of Memory by Gabriel Wyner, an American opera singer who learned French in 5 months. In the video, Wyner provides an interesting account of how and why we memorize words and concepts. In August, he released “Fluent […]

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11
Nov

Movember et le classment des barbes

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It’s that time of the year… Movember… a time to raise awareness about and change the perception on men’s health. We found this cute graphic about the type of beards and facial hair men can have. En France, un homme sur deux la porte. 47% des français se taillent la […]

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14
Oct

Two new places in/around Geneva to find our book

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Friends! It’s official, as of October, our This is NOT a Normal French Book is now available in two book stores in and around Geneva. One of the biggest bookshops in Geneva, Payot Chantepoulet was happy to receive our book and is now showcasing it in the store. It’s the […]

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26
Sep

Are you hungry?

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Once in a while we write reviews in French of great places to eat in and around Geneva. Use the reviews to practice reading in French and at the same time find out where to grab a bite… and maybe speak French? Have a question? Let us know by leaving […]

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24
Aug

Special course for “Back to School”

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It’s almost that time again for parents and children – Back to school. To help ease you or your children back into French learning, we’re offering a special one-on-one course in Geneva for September. The course includes tips to help you with your pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. We will also […]

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