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The language (and art) of stand-up comedy

Posted on November 30, 2020

We could all use a little more fun in our lives, but the art of making people laugh involves more work than you might think! In this post, guest blogger Nadia Helal talks to two stand‑up comedians about performing in a second language, the importance of delivery, and which literary techniques they use in their careers.

Let's talk Agile

Posted on November 23, 2020

Ève Lyne Marchand explains what the Agile philosophy is and helps us figure out when to capitalize the word “agile” and when to write it with a lower-case “a.” Read her post to develop your agility!

Building bilingual brains: The importance of French second-language education in Canada

Posted on November 16, 2020

Guest blogger Rianna Crawford is passionate about French second-language education in Canada. Read her post to discover why you should embrace second-language education, what bilingualism can do for your brain, and how language skills can benefit your career!

8 French words I miss in English: Untranslatable words chez les Anglais

Posted on November 9, 2020

The English language is full of evocative words and expressions, but sometimes there’s no replacing the je ne sais quoi of your favourite French phrase. In this post, guest blogger Lauren Shapiro shares her top eight French words that have no perfect one-word equivalent in English.

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