Portraits français - Jeanne d’Arc

Jeanne d'ArcJeanne d'Arc is one of the most famous women throughout French history. Listen and then read our bilingual article, the third in our series of Portraits français.

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

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Kwiziq community member

25 November 2018

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Hello, I am trying to understand why the article is written in present tense but the translations are in the past tense? Thank you.


Kwiziq language super star

25 November 2018


Bonjour Elizabeth, thanks for writing. There was supposed to be a note at the top about this but it went missing. I've fixed it now, please take another look.