grammar

Resources: French grammar

img_0591This post is mainly for beginners (Common European Framework of Reference A1) and intermediate (A2-B1) levels of French, though those resources that are in French (ex. Connectigramme) would be appropriate for a range of levels and for people who aren’t interested in the “levels” business at all but are learning French for other—general or specific—purposes: from travel to reading Proust. (more…)

Making beginners’ French more inclusive: reflexive verbs (introduction) with bonobos

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Conceptually-difficult French: se reposer et se détendre

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An introduction to the subjunctive in French

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Vive le subjonctif ! Qu’il renaisse et s’infiltre dans toutes les langues, ainsi que tout ce qu’il représente. Que le « que » soit la clé.

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a very short fable about medievalism, #medievaltwitter, and teaching

(February 2016 – August 2017)

Medievalists struggle with popular misconceptions. This, for example:AF79CBCA-C7F6-4B7F-97D5-7963BC14AF90

And these, which are not Medieval but Early Modern:

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From Charles McNamara, “In the Image of God: John Comenius and the First Children’s Picture Book,” in the Public Domain Review; on Comenius’s “Orbis Sensualium Pictus (or The World of Things Obvious to the Senses drawn in Pictures),” 1658.

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