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Le français classique

Learn about Classical French in this 5-part series of bilingual articles about the development of French over the centuries.* 
Click any word for the English translation and links to related grammar lessons.

Note: Some of the tenses in this French article and its English translation don't match! In French, we use the present tense to describe historical events like this to evoke a sense of immediacy, whereas in English, we commonly use the past tense - learn more about historical French tenses.

*The Development of French

  1. Birth of the French language
  2. Dialects and regional languages
  3. Middle French
  4. Classical French
  5. Modern French

Q&A relating to this exercise 1 question, 1 answer

SydneyB1Kwiziq community member

I spotted an error in this installment of the reading exercise

The article says the Académie française was created in 1625, but that's not what I found on the internet, specifically this article by Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acad%C3%A9mie_Fran%C3%A7aise .

Asked 3 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Thank you for pointing this out, Sydney, and this error has now been corrected.

Bonne Continuation !

I spotted an error in this installment of the reading exercise

The article says the Académie française was created in 1625, but that's not what I found on the internet, specifically this article by Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acad%C3%A9mie_Fran%C3%A7aise .

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