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    • By russkyhusky
      Bonjour à tous! I am finally pursuing my long-held goal of learning French - I can't afford to take classes though so am looking for materials I can use to teach myself. Are there any books/multimedia learning packs that other people have used that they can recommend? I will most likely use this in combination with an app like Duolingo, but I have a background in language learning (a bachelors degree in German and Russian) and know from this that I value resources that also teach grammar rules. An audio element so that I can check my pronunciation is also important. Any tips anyone can offer would be much appreciated! 
      (PS - I live in the UK, so I guess I'm on the lookout for books that will be available to me here!)
    • By gr5959
      What is "I hope you will not be displeased by these glimpses of local life" in correct French? GR
    • By teacher.nia.online
      Better English
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      Wins
      Kirill participated in, and finished,  his first half marathon on September 15, 2019. Kirill is a full time lawyer, father, husband and more! And yet, he managed to squeeze running into his hectic schedule.  Read more about the race here. Kirill is pictured above with his family. (You can see the images on your laptop, if not on your phone!)
       
      Let me know of  recent wins in your life, big or small, that you’re proud of! Write to me here, teacher.nia.online@gmail.com Send pictures!
       
       
       
      Vocabulary Expansion
      Did you know that in English we don’t eat coffee? We drink coffee. We have coffee. We imbibe coffee. We sip coffee. But we don’t eat it. Eating involves mastication, involves chewing. 
       
      What about ice cream? We don’t eat ice cream, either. We don’t chew it. However, we don’t simply swallow ice cream, either, as if it were a liquid! We have ice cream. We don’t eat ice cream. We don’t imbibe ice cream. We don’t sip ice cream. We just have ice cream. That’s it!
       
      When speaking of consuming any solid food, semi-solid food, soft food or liquid, the safest, and always correct, verb to use is “to have”. 
       
      Recently, I had eggs cooked in butter with sliced tomatoes and hot peppers. I also had milk with two tablespoons of Nescafe Clasico stirred in. What did you have recently for one of your meals? 
       
      Did you see any new vocabulary? Read the above short text on Readlang! To Eat, To Drink, or To Have That is the Question
       
       
      Resources
      Readlang is a great tool for vocabulary expansion and review. Check out this series of short tutorials and get started! Getting Started with Readlang
       
      Video Download Helper is a Firefox extension that allows me to download and save, offline, most of the videos I want to save for further study offline. You;ll know you’re in the right place because of the easily recognizable yellow, red and blue ball logo. 
       
       
      Recommended Reading
      Outliers is a series of true stories and observations. I listened to the audiobook and you can, too. 
       
       
      Interview
      Grant Cardone interviews Joe DeSena. Enjoy the conversation. If desired, adjust the speed to 0.75 by clicking on the settings button on the right side of the video toolbar. 
       
       
      Listening Comprehension Challenge
      Secrets of Success in 8 Words, 3 Minutes What was this person saying and what made understanding them so challenging? What could this person have done to make it easier for his audience to understand him? How can you make your English easier for your audience to understand?
       
       
      Gems from Class
      interested vs interesting
      Both interested and interesting are adjectives.
      interested says something about how the subject feels
      For example: I am interested in travel.
      In this sentence, “I” is the subject. This sentence talks about how “I” feel.
       
      interesting says something about the power of  the subject to make other people feel a certain way.
      For example: Travel is interesting.
      In this sentence, “Travel” is the subject. This sentence talks about the fact that “travel” has the power of making people feel a certain way. 
       
      For more practice and to subconsciously learn the rules, do some online exercises. Here is a  link. Repeat the exercise many times until you get 100% correct repeatedly.
       
       
      Pronunciation & Intonation
      met SOUNDS LIKE set, bet debt, jet, let, net, pet
      met is the simple past affirmative form of the verb “to meet”
       
      meet SOUNDS LIKE meat, seat, neat, feet, feat, Crete
      meet is one of the simple present affirmative forms of the verb “to meet”
      the other  simple present affirmative form of the verb “to meet” is meets
       
      Tip: When reading and writing, use your voice! When you use your voice, you’ll be less likely to write “met” when you mean “meet”. You’ll be less likely to  write one word, when you really mean another one. 
       
       
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      What is your BIGGEST problem with English?
       
       
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    • By Lauren
      Salut! I'm creating a document in French for my job, and from what I understand, one of my sentences is somehow off. Can anyone help me improve it?
      "Nos consultants sont en mesure de fournir à nos clients des informations précieuses sur les questions commerciales fondamentales et de vous aider à faire des affaires."
    • By John Ulmer
      I wrote a small Android app for myself that has helped in my reading comprehension of numbers, in my case French numbers. Recently I put it up on the Google Play store so anyone can use it, and it's free of charge.
      It's basically a number drill, something like flash cards, but with user-configurable speed, font and number format. The object is to say or think the number before the next one is shown. You can start with, say, two digit numbers every 5 seconds in a clear font, or make it difficult with phone numbers in a handwriting font. 
      The app will run in either English or French, depending on which language is set on your Android device. L'application fonctionne en français ou en anglais, selon les paramètres de votre appareil.
      Here's the Google Play Store link: Numerus app
       
       
       
       
       
       






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