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LANGUAGE WEEK

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

CLUB TO­GETHER

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

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