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Don’t you just love a good makeover? Casser Le Noyau has undergone just that and can now be found at it’s new home:

Rest assured, I would not have gone through all the effort of re-naming and designing if it weren’t for all the exciting content I have planned! I hope you will all join me on the new site. Be sure to click the “Follow Frenchification” button at the top of the right hand navigation when you get there!


À bientôt!

The iTalki Language Challenge!

Cou cou!

I don’t know about you, but I love new years resolutions. There’s something very special about an entire population contemplating how they’re living and what they can be doing differently. If one of your resolutions is to amp up your language learning, join me in doing the italki language challenge!

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After signing up, from January 16th to February 29th your hours on italki will count towards their challenge rewards! The different tiers are as follows:

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For the six week period it works out to roughly:

  • The Language Tourist: 1 and a half hours a week
  • Language Explorer: 3 hours and 20 minutes a week
  • Language Captain: 5 hours a week

Me? I’ll be attempting The Language Tourist as my italki lesson consistency has been pretty pitiful this year. But hey, the smallest level of a challenge is still a challenge.

Let me know if you’re also taking the italki language challenge — I’d love to be challenge buddies and keep track of your progress.

Happy new year and happy learning to you all!

À plus,


“Il faut casser le noyau pour avoir l’amande.”

Bonjour et bienvenue! I’m starting this blog to keep myself accountable in my quest to become fluent in French, and also to share with others who may be working towards the same goal!

In my hunt for the perfect blog name, I came across the above quote which satisfied my needs perfectly: “You have to break the shell to have the almond.” I took my first French class when I was fourteen, continued through high school, and then into college — but only long enough to fulfill the third semester requirement. While I loved learning the rudiments of the language and reading about France’s history and culture, the more advanced grammar came less naturally to me and I found myself struggling to keep up. (It was freshmen year of college after all, and admittedly, I was more focused on beach parties than verb conjugations…) Still, I liked the idea of learning languages so I took first and second semester Italian, and then Spanish, each time relishing in the new sounds and access to another culture, but also regretting that my studies weren’t delving deeper into said cultures.

The regret has stayed with me three years later! A travel show junkie, I dream of living abroad and speaking another language fluently. Finally, I decided, THIS YEAR IS THE YEAR! 2015. We are cracking that nasty shell and getting to that sweet almond of fluency! And then because it’s French, we’ll make almond flour and macarons. Mmm!

Okay, so, I’ll be keeping track of everything I review and learn here! I don’t know if you can actually become fluent in a year from afar, but I certainly have a few personal goals towards that end in mind. Follow if you want to learn with me and please do comment and say hello! I would love to have input, feedback, and make online friends to share notes with.

À bientôt!