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If you have mastered French but want to maintain your language skills then our 6 tips for advanced learners will help you to continue to improve your French

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Meeting with other French speakers © Stuart Key / Dreamstime

If you have mastered the basics but are struggling to find the time to improve your French vocabulary then our 6 tips for intermediates will help you continue your language learning

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Recipe: cheese soufflé

Monday, July 13, 2015
Cheese souffle © Snap and Stir

Whip up this twice-baked cheese soufflé for a perfect summertime lunch

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Learning French for beginners © Fotolia

If you are struggling to find time to revise French grammar books then our 6 tips for learning French will help you fit your language-learning around your busy life

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Citron © Rita Strik

The French word ‘un citron’ means ‘a lemon’ but did you know it can also be used as an informal word for ‘head’? Here are 5 ways to use the French word for ‘lemon’

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Ville-Dommange, Champagne

3D Wines explore the famous wine country of Burgundy. ADVERTISING FEATURE

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Recipe: Cherry clafoutis

Monday, June 8, 2015
Recipe for cherry clafoutis © Snap and Stir

Make full use of the first cherries of the season and try our recipe for cherry clafoutis

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French phrases related to the tax system © Fotolia

Do you know how to say ‘a taxpayer’ or ‘marital status’ in French? Here are 19 French words and phrases you need to know to navigate the tax system in France

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Recipe: French lamb stew

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Spring lamb stew © Snap and Stir

Enjoy a classic spring dish with this recipe for a French lamb stew – navarin printanier and find our how the dish got its name

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Setting up your water supply in France © fotolia

Do you know how to say ‘meter reading’ or ‘peak hours’ in French? Here are 20 French words to help you set up your gas, electricity, water and telephone supplies in France

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Oeufs en cocotte a la creme recipe © Snap and Stir

Try the rich and creamy oeufs en cocotte à la crème at home and discover some variations on the dish you can expect in different areas of France

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Test your knowledge by pairing the English and French words for each fruit in this fun game of Pairs.

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Wine and cheese

Love the thought of touring French vineyards and spending days sampling delicious French food and wines? Then check out our favourite 10 food and drink holidays across France that include among others champagne trails, river cruises and cognac tasting breaks

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Do you know how to say ‘cash’ or ‘overdraft’ in French? Here are 18 words and phrases you need to know in order to be able to use the French banking system

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In her monthly column, Food blogger and Paris resident Clotilde Dusoulier shows how to use the produce that we buy from French markets. This year it’s goat’s cheese in the limelight

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Recipe: Fondant au chocolat

Monday, March 16, 2015
Fondant au chocolat © Snap and Stir

Indulge your sweet tooth and impress your guests with our recipe for fondant au chocolat and find out how the dessert was invented

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This 19 March, a celebration of Gallic gastronomy will take the form of a multi-course meal served worldwide

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Test your French: animal names game

Friday, March 6, 2015
Test your French

Test your knowledge by pairing the English and French words for each animal in this fun game of Pairs.

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Pretentious, moi? If you want to sound like a wordsmith par excellence, sprinkling your casual conversation with these Gallic words is certainly de rigueur

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Six classic French desserts © Snap and Stir

French cuisine is famous the world over, particularly for its sweets and pastries.

We share our favourite 6 treats from food writer Mary Cadogan, accompanied by easy-to-follow recipes

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Daube de Boeuf Provencale © Snap and Stir

Food writer Louise Pickford shares her recipe for the Provence dish daube de boeuf and explores the history behind this warming beef stew

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Recipe: Poulet Vallée d’Auge

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Poulet Vallee d'Auge © Snap and Stir

Try a taste of Normandy with this recipe for the creamy chicken and apple dish poulet Vallée d’Auge

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My France: Michel Roux

Monday, January 5, 2015
Michel Roux

The three-Michelin-star chef tells Carolyn Boyd what he loves about his home country

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Recipe: Galette des Rois

Monday, December 22, 2014
Galette de Rois © Snap and Stir

Get into the festive spirit with Mary Cadogan’s recpe for Galette des Rois and learn how this cake is traditionally served in France

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Top 20 quotes about Paris

Friday, December 19, 2014
Putting Paris on the map with iconic quotes © Dreamstime

Be it Amercian president or Irish novelist, everyone has some to say about the iconic city of Paris

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Recipe: Crêpes Suzette

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Crepes Suzette © Snap and Stir

Treat yourself with Mary Cadogan’s recipe for crêpes Suzette and discover why it is called crêpes Suzette

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Guide to fishing in France

Friday, December 5, 2014
Fishing in France © istockphoto

Fishing is another popular pastime in France, but make sure you’ve got the right permits before you start

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French Christmas Drinks

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
A bottle of Bénédictine, one of several great French tipples

Learn all about the origins of these top French Christmas tipples

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My France: Interview with Sheila Hancock

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Actress and author Sheila Hancock has owned a house in Vaucluse for two decades. She talks to Zoë McIntyre about her love of France and the inspiration behind her debut novel.

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Recipe: Mushroom and Comté tartlets

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Mushroom and Comte tartlets

Chef Laura Pope has worked together with Comté cheese to create a recipe for mushroom and thyme tartlets, great for your Christmas party

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