Celebrities & Pronunciation, French, Language Learning

5 tips to improve your French accent, with Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper is an American actor you may recognize from The Hangover. He later starred in Limitless, and Silver Linings Playbook. He also was in American Sniper, a Clint Eastwood movie who gained international acclaim. But we’re not here to talk about his movie career. What’s interesting about Bradley Cooper is the fact that he speaks French. He spent six months…

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Celebrities & Pronunciation, Language Learning, Portuguese (European)

How to improve your Portuguese pronunciation with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a soccer player from Portugal. He’s played for Sporting de Lisboa, Manchester United, and he’s now playing for Real Madrid. He’s one of the best players ever. His rivalry with Lionel Messi is considered as one of the best sport rivalries in history. Cristiano makes a lot of noise: You either love him or hate him. He…

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Celebrities & Pronunciation, French, Language Learning

How to improve your French pronunciation with soccer legend Thierry Henry

You may wonder: “Why should I care about the accent of a Frenchman?” Well, I’m glad you asked. The mistakes you make when speaking a foreign language are often caused by your mother tongue. You have a reference system attached to the language you’ve been speaking your whole life. That’s why you have an accent. That’s why you keep making…

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Language Learning, Portuguese (Brazilian)

How I’m learning Brazilian Portuguese – a minute-by-minute chronicle of my first week

I’m learning my fifth language, and I decided to document every minute of it. In this post, I describe what I did every day to learn Brazilian Portuguese (← I’m going to say only “Brazilian” instead of “Brazilian Portuguese” from now on). Disclaimer: I’m French, and I also speak Spanish and Italian. So I expected Brazilian to be easy for…

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Sark – a car-free paradise

There is a place on Earth where cars are banned from roads. Only tractors and horse-drawn vehicles are allowed. It’s a small island next to Normandy, France. Not so long ago it was still a feudal system. So close to home (I’m from Normandy), yet I’d never heard about it! Funny anecdote: A French guy tried to invade the island…

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