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French language and culture – the past as prologue Posted by on Feb 19, 2019

I’ve talked about nostalgia before. I’ve also shared mid-century songs from French yé-yé singers like Katty Line and Jacqueline Taïeb . But as the movement known as les gilets jaunes enters its third month, I had to share this new oldie I came across. Plus ça change… / The more things change… While les gilets jaunes don’t have…

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Don’t Forget The Attachment – Sending Documents In French Posted by on Feb 13, 2019

Sending emails en français is an inescapable part of office life en France. Nothing makes this more real than coming back after a few days off and having to get through a mountain of email before normal work can pick up again. Sending emails en français can be confusing for un anglophone (an English speaker),…

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Here and Now – More useful French expressions Posted by on Feb 12, 2019

Last June I wrote a post with common terms for describing où et quand (where and when) things happen. This week we’ll explore some more useful time and place terms (and enjoy a new song from the French musician/group Yelle). Ici ou ailleurs Français English ici   here là  there (or here, depending on the context)…

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Lost In The Deep Blue French – Translating Le Bleu Lumière Posted by on Feb 6, 2019

After spending the last week singing les paroles (the lyrics) of my favorite song from Vaiana (Moana), I needed to bring it up again. In general, les paroles are often about creatively mixing sounds and words to evoke specific emotions from the audience and that’s no different in the case of How Far I’ll Go.…

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French Politics – A voting debate Posted by on Feb 6, 2019

In an earlier post on the protests in France by les Gilets Jaunes (the Yellow Vests), I talked about President Emmanuel Macron’s plans for a grand débat national (a great national debate) to uncover what is driving the ongoing unrest. One of the topics that has emerged from those discussions caught my attention. Le vote…

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