Explore the French language

What sound does a French duck make? How does French in Belgium, Canada, and Switzerland differ from Standard French? Discover our additional resources and learn more about French language and culture. 

French punctuation

The rules of punctuation are stricter in French than they are in English. Here's how to get it right.

About the French language

Learn more about French, the third most spoken Romance language after Spanish and Portuguese.

Useful phrases in French

Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting France.

Quote of the week

“All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.”

Alexandre Dumas


French writer

False friends and franglais

Find a list of the most common faux amis with their English translation.

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French verb tables

These verb tables show how to conjugate the three types of regular verb in French.

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Quebec French and the question of identity


A brief history of the French language in Quebec The French language came to North America with the first French settlers…