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5 Reasons to Join AF Chicago this Fall!

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Reason number 1: We are the place for all things French in Chicago! Click to know the other reasons!

Go Away, Dr and Mrs. Vandertramp – 8 Superior Acronyms for remembering the “être” verbs

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I have a confession to make – I hate Dr. and Mrs. Vandertramp. If you’re not familiar (and I envy you, hypothetical reader), DR MRS VANDERTRAMP is the acronym French…

Top Ten French Names for Animals Because Why Not at this Point

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Hey francophiles. Crazy week, huh? (It doesn’t actually matter when you read this; I’m sure that week has been crazy too) In an effort to distract myself from the mounting…

8 French-language comics that helped me learn French

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By Matthew Jackson, AF staff Much like Barbie once said of math class, French is tough! I took class after class in a long trajectory from middle school to college…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Joyeuse Saint Valentin ! We have compiled a little guide for you so that you can celebrate the day of love the French way. Enjoy! Your French Valentine’s Day Guide:

Happy Holidays!

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We are wishing you Happy Holidays or Bonnes Fêtes! Here is a little French Guide with some French key words to learn during this holiday season. Your French Holiday Guide:

Happy Frenchgiving! Enjoy Thanksgiving with this French touch!

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We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving holiday, here are some words you can use on Thanksgiving or share with your French friends! Enjoy!

10 French foods you’re probably saying wrong!

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Avoid a faux-pas, take this quiz on 10 French foods you’re probably saying wrong! Our very own Geoffrey Ruiz even gives you a few tips to wow the waiter next…

Celebrating 20 Years with Chicago Public Schools

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Last week, almost 50 students from Chicago Public Schools visited the Alliance for one of their last times this school year and exchanged laughs, memories, and even some bittersweet tears…

Connected Through French Language

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Meet Jin Jin, better known by her family and friends as Kitty! When she first stepped into the Alliance Française de Chicago four years ago she didn’t know any French,…

French, Pierre de Coubertin and the Olympics

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The 2018 Olympics are upon us and let me preface this blog post by saying that I am a huge Olympics fan. Being a naturally competitive person, I am drawn…

“Ça va ?” : A conversation

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Salut tout le monde, ça va? Have you ever noticed how much francophones use the phrase ça va? Yeah, a lot. Like a lot, a lot. It feels like you…

Verlan your French! How can your French sound more like a native speaker?

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If you have ever learned a second language you probably have had the experience realizing that the language you are working so hard to learn might be very different from the way that…

The romance between French and English

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No language is a completely static thing. In a way, a language breathes and grows, similar to a living organism. Over time, words are gained and words are lost. English…

Learning a new language makes you a better person

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Imagine that you are on the train. You’re sitting down and trying to read an Alliance Française blog post on your phone but you can’t help but get distracted by…

Dolphins become bilingual in their sleep. What does that mean for us humans?

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At the Planète Sauvage in Port-Saint-Père, France in 2011 it was observed that captive dolphins were talking in their sleep. While sleep-talking in general can be rather alarming, what made this…

How music can aid in language learning

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Here at the Alliance Francaise we are always interested in learning about new ways to acquire language. So when we found this article we thought you could be interested too! Cap…

AF Student Spotlight: Dennis Smithenry

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AF Student Spotlight: Dennis Smithenry   When Dennis Smithenry learned that his ancestors were from Alsace, France, he became motivated to learn French in honor of his family heritage. His journey at…

Yet another reason why French is great…or 5 actually!

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”There are good reasons for learning other languages. As scientists unlock more of the neurological secrets of the brain, they’re learning that speaking more than one language may have cognitive…

Keep practicing your French on the go with the new FREE Saison app!

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You can download it here for Android and on Itunes for Ipad.  Let us know if you have questions.