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French Culture – Songs, songs, songs Posted by on Dec 10, 2019

La nouvelle an (the new year) is just a few short weeks away, but it’s not just a new year, it’s a whole new décenie (decade). The perfect time for a look back … and for un cadeau (a gift). In the new year, Transparent Language will be sponsoring a “greatest hits” Spotify list of…

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French Current Events Posted by on Dec 3, 2019

December isn’t typically la saison des grèves (strike season) in France, but this year the month that usually kicks off the holiday season will being with la grande grève du 5 décembre (the great strike of December 5). What’s the problem? In what could be the largest social movement in years, “plusieurs millions de salariés du public…

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French Commercial – Sharing the work Posted by on Nov 26, 2019

Ariel is not just famously the Petite Sirène (Little Mermaid), in France, it is also the name of a well-known laundry detergent. On my recent trip to France, I saw the following commercial that resonated with me. Commercials are not only a great way to learn vocabulary, since they are often very concrete and the…

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La Place Dauphine – Paris Posted by on Nov 19, 2019

I’ve been to Paris so often that sometimes I think I must have seen it all (even though I know I have so much more to discover!) On my recent trip, I got to discover one of those little hidden gems that make Paris so wonderful … and I had been walking right by it…

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From Paris With Love Posted by on Nov 12, 2019

As I mentioned recently, I spent the weekend in Paris recently. Two very important people in my life were celebrating leur 25e anniversaire de mariage (25th wedding anniversary) and since I had been at their wedding 25 years ago, it seemed only fitting to go back for the party! While I (happily!) spent most of my…

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Retro French Music – Michel Fugain Posted by on Nov 5, 2019

Michel Fugain is a French singer and songwriter who, with his ‘Big Bazar’, chanté l’insouciance et la joie de vivre (sang about being carefree and about the joys of living). This week, just for fun, a song from the early 1970’s that embodies this spirit (and will, I hope, tide you over until i have…

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French Vocabulary – Teaching and Learning Posted by on Oct 29, 2019

In a few short months, I will be completing my studies towards a Masters in Education. If all goes well, one of these days I hope to become prof de français (a French teacher) in a local college ou lycée (middle or high school). While that days is still a ways off, my work got me thinking about…

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