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Snow covers France Posted by on Jan 19, 2021

Unusually cold temperatures brought challenges for some and treats for others as snow covered much of France this past weekend. La France sous un manteau de blanc Le week-end dernier brought de la neige to much of the northern half of the country, covering the country in a blanket of white. From Alsace dans l’est…

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French Pronunciation: The Guttural R Posted by on Jan 15, 2021

French Pronunciation: The Guttural R The French guttural ‘R’ is one of the most difficult sounds to produce in the French language. There is no equivalent sound in English, so it really takes some practicing in order to master it. (Une phrase de drague, a pick up line for linguists!) To help us learn how…

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French Culture – Helpful voices Posted by on Jan 12, 2021

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Robust public transportation options make getting around Paris and many parts of France easy. Whether you’re taking the bus, le métro, or the train, a host of helpful voices help to make sure that your journey will be safe and efficient. Les voix des transports en commun From announcing the prochain arrêt or directing riders…

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French Culture – Paris’s new Metro line Posted by on Jan 5, 2021

Paris’s new metro line adds 4 nouvelles stations between la gare Saint-Lazare and la Mairie de Saint-Ouen. Originally planned for 2017, la ville de Paris and the RATP finally made things easier for people to get around the city and suburbs with the prolongement vers le nord de la ligne 14. Paris s’élargit This next phase…

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La Fête des Rois Posted by on Dec 30, 2020

Bonjour! J’espère que vous avez passé un bel noël! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. La nouvelle année is soon upon us and I am more than ready to say adieu to 2020. Speaking of saying goodbye to this year, have you seen Tim’s recent post summarizing the French blog posts of 2020? It’s a…

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French Culture – Oh what a year bis Posted by on Dec 29, 2020

This time last year I shared a post called “Oh what a year!” … after les gilet jaunes and l’incendie de Notre-Dame it seemed surely 2020 would be a better year. And like 2019, 2020 has had des hauts et des bas, but « Oh quelle année ! » once again seems like a fitting…

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French Christmas – To fill your shoes Posted by on Dec 22, 2020

Despite the current pandemic, people around the world are preparing to celebrate Noël. For many enfants in France, that preparation includes leaving une chaussure ou une paire de souliers au peid du sapin on Christmas eve. Chaussures, bottes, ou chaussettes … The custom of leaving shoes, boots, or stockings/socks beneath the Christmas tree (or by…

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