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Apartment hunting in France: the dreaded ‘dossier’ Posted by on Jul 29, 2021

Coucou! đź‘‹ Apartment hunting in France is underway for me and the difficulty is more than I had imagined. I have started to put together the dreaded ‘dossier‘ (file) which many agencies and landlords require before you even look at an apartment. You’ll need to make a lot of les photocopies and they may need…

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And they’re off … Posted by on Jul 27, 2021

It took a year, but the latest edition of the Jeux Olympiques (les JO as they’re more commonly known in France) have finally begun in Tokyo. The 2020 games – taking place in 2021! – may just be getting started, but France has already made their mark. And they’re off … Team France won their…

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Monumental Updates Posted by on Jul 20, 2021

It’s a big week for some of the world’s most recognized monuments. After last week’s celebrations commemorating Bastille Day/le 14 juillet, there’s more big news this week concerning the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Let’s check out these monumental updates. Monumental Updates Let’s start at the top … or as close to the…

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Saying “Bonjour” and “Bonsoir” Posted by on Jul 16, 2021

Saying “Bonjour” and “Bonsoir” Bonjour is one of the first words people learn when learning French, and most even know it if they have never learned French. It is quite universal, but when to say it is not. In the US it isn’t unusual to skip a friendly ‘hello’ and get straight to the point…

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Bastille Day 2021 Posted by on Jul 13, 2021

After last year’s quatorze juillet pas comme les autres, I was happy to see that this year’s festivities will see a return to more-or-less normal with des feux d’artifice, les bals des pompiers, un dĂ©filĂ© militaire, [et un] concert sous la Tour Eiffel … you can find all the details here! French holidays: Bastille Day 5…

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A French Geography Lesson Posted by on Jul 6, 2021

As vacation season arrives – in this very strange (almost, hopefully!) post-Covid world – it seemed like a good to time to trot out some useful vocabulary. So this week it’s time for a French geography lesson. A French Geography Lesson With apologies to anyone who associates geography lessons with school, the common terms below…

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Les accents Posted by on Jul 2, 2021

Bonjour! Let’s talk about accents. In French they are important, since both the pronunciation and meaning of a word can change with or without an accent. For example: pĂŞcheur vs pĂ©cheur = fisherman vs sinner Keep reading to help avoid mistakes like fisherman and sinner. 🙂 ________________________________________________________ Accent aigu (the acute accent, lit. the “high”…

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