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The French language is the focus of celebrations during the Semaine de la Langue Française et de la Francophonie from 18-26 March 2017.
Each year, 10 words are chosen to provide the inspiration for the linguistic celebrations. This year’s theme is ‘ sur la toile’ meaning ‘on the web’ with the spotlight on modern French usage reflected in the digital age that we live in.
The chosen words are avatar, canular, émoticône, héberger, fureteur(euse), favori(ite), nomade, pirate, nuage and télésnober.
More than 1,500 events are organised across France and the world during the week in a bid to discover the diversity of the French language. French clubs, institutes, schools, libraries and bookshops, museums and theatres take part. Visit the website for more information. dismoidixmots.culture.fr
Popular language-learning app Duolingo has introduced ‘Clubs’ allowing users to connect with friends and family to help them achieve their language goals together.
With 120 million users worldwide, Duolingo has established itself as one of the most popular apps for language learning, and the best part is that it is free.
Users can connect with up to 15 others to join a Club, allowing them to help and compete with each other as they track team progress and cheer each other on.
Duolingo Clubs are integrated with the latest versions of the Duolingo iOS and Android app. duolingo.com