Cul­ture and Con­ver­sa­tions:

Un­der­stand­ing French

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The mu­si­cal sound of the French lan­guage tends to con­jure cer­tain im­ages for English-speak­ers. Leisurely morn­ings of cof­fee and pas­tries in a café. The Bo­hemian life of an artist on the Left Bank of the Seine. The ro­mance of

Je t’aime, the un­der­state­ment of Ça va, the in­spi­ra­tion of Lib­erté, Égal­ité, and Fra­ter­nité: French is a beau­ti­ful lan­guage, and one of the most re­ward­ing you can study. Yet as with learn­ing any new lan­guage, it can be a frus­trat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, re­quir­ing pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing. But with the right ap­proach, it should also be a fun and in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing en­deavor.

Learn­ing French: A Ren­dezvous with French-Speak­ing Cul­tures in­cludes what most plat­forms omit: ex­pla­na­tion. In th­ese 30 im­mer­sive, step-by-step lec­tures, Pro­fes­sor Ann Wil­liams gives you the core build­ing blocks of the lan­guage and en­gag­ing au­dio ex­er­cises while also of­fer­ing cru­cial in­sight into the re­la­tion­ship be­tween French and French-speak­ing cul­tures. Filled with con­ver­sa­tions and in­sider tips to give you in­sights about the nu­ances of the cul­ture, this course makes learn­ing—and, most im­por­tant, us­ing—French eas­ier than you ever imag­ined.

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