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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.

The odd case of autrefois acquit and autrefois convict: How an obscure form of legal French influenced Canadian legal terminology

Posted on November 2, 2020

When guest blogger Frédérique Bertrand-Le Borgne first heard “autrefois acquit” and “autrefois convict,” she wondered how these two French terms came to be used in today’s English legal terminology. To find the answer, she had to travel back to the courts of medieval England. Join her on her journey to discover what she learned!

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