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French Culture – Decorating Posted by on Nov 24, 2020

For many, the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US marks the official start of the holiday season. France doesn’t officially have Thanksgiving, and so souvent le temps des fêtes commence (the holiday period begins often) right after la Toussaint. Noël aux Grands Magasins  One of the first signs of Christmas’s impending arrival, in Paris at least, can…

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French Slang Posted by on Nov 20, 2020

L’argot français et le verlan  Aujourd’hui on parle de l’argot français et du verlan… today we are talking about French slang and verlan. C’est parti! Argot, as in any language, is an ever-changing and important part of the French language and culture. The more formal French you learn in school will be perfect for les…

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French Culture – I’m hungry … and I’m in a hurry! Posted by on Nov 17, 2020

A friend of mine was recently asking me about fast food in France. France – one of the world’s undeniable gastronomic powerhouses – has a complicated and conflicted history with la restauration rapide. La malbouffe France is, after all, the country that coined the term bad eating and where, in 1999, the future candidat à…

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French Commerce – Glow in the dark Posted by on Nov 10, 2020

Well here we are, almost at the mi-novembre (mid-November). In France, tout comme aux États-Unis (just like in the United States), we’ve changed the clocks and it gets dark earlier. Growing up in the northeastern United States, I’m used to early evenings. But when I went to France for the first time, I was hardly…

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Politics in France Posted by on Nov 6, 2020

Bonjour tout le monde! If you visit the French news site Le Monde, you see that they are closely following our elections here in the US just like any American news sources are. To see their carte des résultats Etat par Etat, click here. Donc, seeing as there is a atmosphère politique tendue in the US this week , I wanted…

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France – Looking Forward Posted by on Nov 3, 2020

Last week I promised a change of pace, so while the world continues to grapple with Covid, this week I’ll keep the coverage to a minimum. Someday this global pandémie (pandemic) will be over and we’ll be ready to get back to life. What next? No one quite knows when this will all end, but…

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French Culture – Curfew Part 2 Posted by on Oct 27, 2020

If you’re like me, you probably have at least a little Covid fatigue. I was hoping to move on this week and turn back to non-Covid issues, but as France continues to deal with the pandemic, it felt import to spend one more week on the latest updates. La semaine prochaine I promise something else!…

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