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French Vocabulary – Here, There, & Everywhere Posted by on Sep 15, 2020

A few weeks ago I linked to a post about the differences between encore and toujours. It got me thinking about other words in French that you can use for things that are frequent. Here, there, & everywhere Partout When something isn’t just happening içi (here) or là-bas (there) but is happening everywhere, then it…

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La Rentrée – pt. 2 Posted by on Sep 11, 2020

Coucou mes amis! Hi friends! La rentrée is upon us and the weather is quickly turning to automne. Il y a deux semaines (two weeks ago), I talked about the differences between le système scolaire français and le système scolaire américain. Vous pouvez le lire ici. (You can read it here.) Aujourd’hui, je voudrais continuer la conversation (today I would…

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French Music – Saying Goodbye to Summer Posted by on Sep 8, 2020

It’s only early September, but here in the northeastern United States, things are already sliding towards fall. It’s time to get back to school, to work, and to say … Au revoir à l’été La Madrague is a charming little chanson française that for years I thought was written for Brigitte Bardot by Serge Gainsbourg ……

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French Culture – Catastrophe Posted by on Sep 1, 2020

The young suedoise (Swede, f.) Greta Thunberg has, over the last few years, reinvigorated a global conversation about the climate and the future of our planet. This week I discovered an interesting French musical group that puts these same concerns to a party beat to remind us that . . . Ensemble on peut faire…

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La Rentrée – Back to School Posted by on Aug 27, 2020

Salut mes potes! Hi my friends! All around the world is la rentrée, the ‘return’ or the beginning of the school year, for les élèves, les collégiens, les lycéens, et les étudiants. Les enseignants, les professeurs, les instituteurs, et les maîtres are all diligently preparing, especially since this year will look so different. Why did I…

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French Culture – The Little Prince Posted by on Aug 25, 2020

I realized recently that, while we’ve often evoked it, no one here at the Transparent Language French Blog has ever really talked about Le Petit Prince … perhaps one of the most famous (or if not, at least well-loved) books ever written in French. Je ne veux plus être raisonnable … Often taught in high…

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French Vocabulary – On the farm Posted by on Aug 18, 2020

Once upon a time you could find many little family farms in towns and villages across many parts of le province. Many of these owned by families who, while not farmers, kept animals. The  animals, popularly known as les animaux de la basse-cour (the animals of the lower court), provided des œufs, du lait, et…

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