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Instrument Names in French Posted by on Jun 23, 2016

Image courtesy of jblaha on flickr.

In my last post, I wrote about one of my biggest passions: l’opéra. I briefly mentioned some orchestra terms but focused more on what happens at an opera house. That being said, an opera can’t happen without an orchestra*, so I’d like to write more on the actual instruments. À mon avis, la voix est…

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Is That Covered By Your Insurance In France? Posted by on Jun 22, 2016

"Broken Glass at Work-13" by Eric Schmuttenmaer on Flickr. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

France is famous for l’amour et le vin (love and wine), and its culture that extends throughout the la francophonie. Cependant (however), France is also known for la bureaucratie et la paperasse (bureaucracy and paperwork). All countries have an element of la bureaucratie that can be extra difficult when you’re un étranger (a foreigner) and…

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École le samedi ?!! * Posted by on Jun 21, 2016

C’est la fin de l’année scolaire (en France comme aux Etats-Unis). / It’s the end of the school year (in France and in the United States).  In many ways school in France isn’t all that different from school in America, but in other ways, it’s quite different. School in France is highly centralized, and as…

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French Grammar: The Past Conditional Posted by on Jun 20, 2016

The French past conditional, also called the conditional perfect, is used to express what could or would have happened in the past if things had happened differently. As described in my post on si clauses, the past conditional often can follow the past tense in si clauses. For example, “si j’avais su que le magasin…

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Two Front Doors! – Special French Addresses Posted by on Jun 15, 2016

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Using La Poste and knowing what your adresse is solves most of your mail related problems in France. There is however another aspect of French addresses that I did not understand for a very long time. Sometimes une adresse has a number followed by the word bis. I didn’t know what the bis meant until…

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