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Monday, November 7, 2011

faire une pause

to take a break

À partir d’aujourd’hui, French Fanatic fait une pause.
Starting today, French Fanatic is taking a break.

About two and a half years ago, I started a little project to post a French word every day. The project was called French Fanatic. I wasn’t sure how long this ambitious goal would last. After a false start or two, the first word — à propos de, or about, which you can still see here — was published on April 1, 2009. It was to be the first of more than 900 consecutive French Word of the Day postings.

These daily posts have explored a wide range of topics that we hope helped and will continue to help native English speakers who want to learn French. Each post was designed to be a word that would be useful in everyday French conversations — sometimes basic and sometimes more advanced.

After covering so much territory, we’ve decided that it’s time for a rest. Starting today, French Fanatic will be taking a break. We hope to return soon with some new ideas about how to make the site even more useful. In the meantime, I invite you to spend some time revisiting some of the 900-plus past words that you can find by rummaging through the archives on the right-hand side of this site.

Members of our Voilà service will continue to have access to all the quizzes as well as English links to many of our words by topic.

If you are an educator who has used this site or still uses it in your classes, we’d love to hear from you to learn more about how you’ve used it or what ideas you might have for improvement. Just use the Contact link on the site.

Finally, a sincere thank you to all of our readers who share a passion for the French language. Together, we are all truly French Fanatics.

Merci et à bientôt,
French Fanatic Editor

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