About “Spk Frnch”

Whether you are a native speaker of French or a novice who longs to know something of this lovely language, you will enjoy “Speak French”.

Your language is where you live—where your heart lives. It’s like your house, your home. But if you sometimes long for a little taste of exoticism, a peek out the windows of your home into someone else’s home, if you want to wrap yourself in French every so often as you might wrap a warm blanket around you, come on in. We’ve got what you want.

Famous quotes… common proverbs… amusing expressions… These are the parts of a language that go far beyond verb conjugations and the memorization of noun genders. In fact, they are what lends color to a language, and makes it expressive. They are the things that make a language come alive.

Want to have some fun learning French? In this blog, you’ll find French phrases to pepper your conversation with, a guide to help you approximate the pronunciation, and the meaning of the phrase, along with some off-the-cuff commentary about it.

Learning French doesn’t have to be boring! We invite you to dive in, have some fun, and fling around these French sayings with abandon.

Use them as often as possible in your conversation. Don’t wait for just the right situation. Go ahead, say it! Teach it to someone else. Retweet it. Make it your email signature. It’s time to play with your words! Tell your friends how much fun you’re having!

Who Am I, Anyway?

SpkFrnch is the brainchild of Ruth Cassel Hoffman. I fell in love with French when I was about 12 years old. In dog years that’s almost 20 years older than I am now. Anyway, I never looked back: French major in college (what was once called Beaver College, now Arcadia University, and what was once the State University of New York at Albany, now The University at Albany). A.M. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago. Specialist in medieval French literature and the 20th-century New Novel (le Nouveau Roman) in France. Used to teach French. Have run Language Resources Ltd. since 1983. Sometimes dream in French, tweet in French, Facebook in French, speak French in places where no one understands me just because that’s what came first to my tongue.

I hope you love French as much as I do, or will grow to do so! I look forward to hearing about your adventures in speaking French.

How to receive your daily dose of “Spk Frnch”:

1. Twitter: follow @spkfrnch to read each day’s tweet: the phrase of the day. Then follow the link to this site to hear the phrase spoken and for other fun information!

2. E-Mail: Sign up on the sidebar of this page for Free E-Mail Notification of each daily post on “Spk Frnch”. It will arrive in your Inbox, along with a clickable link for this site.

3. Facebook: Fan Spk Frnch at http://www.facebook.com/spkfrnch. You’ll receive the daily notification with a clickable link for this site.

4. Desktop: put a “Spk Frnch” icon on your desktop to take you to http://spkfrnch.wordpress.com/ whenever you wish! All the posts are listed, along with the soundfiles and fun information.


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