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Archive for July, 2011

French Conjugaison: Savez-vous Nager (Can You Swim)? Posted by on Jul 18, 2011

If you are lucky enough to have more free time in these journées d’été (Summer days), why not use it to brush up on your French grammar skills? Come to think of it, French conjugaison is not unlike la nage (swimming): It can be refreshing and fun, but one must be skillfull enough pour ne…

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Summer Parisian Soirées Posted by on Jul 17, 2011

With the now-renown French music group “Louise Attaque“, les soirées Parisiennes (the Parisian nights) offer an experience that’s easily comparable to un vol (a flight) over a volcano! With “Louise Attaque“, a Summer night in Paris combines the Tuscan beauty of Siena with the enthralling magic of le Brésil (Brazil)… Louise Attaque: “Les Nuits Parisiennes“ Et j’vis…

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Joyeuse Fête Nationale! See Sarkozy, Fireworks, and More! Posted by on Jul 15, 2011

What do the Champs Élysées, the Armed Forces of France, and fireworks have to do with each other? On July 14th, all of those things mean it is Bastille Day, known as the Fête Nationale (National Holiday) or 14 Juillet in French. The French capital has a long history of celebrating the country’s national holiday…

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French Texting Abbreviations: CEDEX, CGT, et Cie Posted by on Jul 12, 2011

After the “Texto/SMS” post of yesterday, many of you asked for more! French abréviations are virtually partout (everywhere): In les journaux (newspapers), les magazines, les films (movies), les conversations quotidiennes (daily conversations), including les SMS (text messages), which are hands-down le medium de communiction favorit de ladite “Génération Y” (the favorite communication medium of the so-called “Y Generation”), who prefer to send “des…

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Still Lost in French (Texto/SMS) Translation? Posted by on Jul 11, 2011

To some people in France or French-speaking countries, text messaging has morphed into something of une langue en elle-même (a language in itself)! To make sure you are au courant (aware) of this emerging “texto/SMS” lingua, I have compiled for you a few “must-know” abbreviations that you’d be sure to see in a French text message, or…

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Shopaholics: Are You Ready to “Faire Les Soldes?” Posted by on Jul 11, 2011

If you are a diehard accro du shopping (shopaholic), a trip to a French shopping center could prove rather dangerous presently. “And why is that?” you may be wondering to yourself. Well, my friends, that would be because the SOLDES are on at the moment! If you’ve never heard of the soldes, it’s hard to…

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A Brazilian Sings “La Nuit de mon Amour” (“The Night of My Love”) Posted by on Jul 9, 2011

Do you think that learning and mastering French from scratch is next to impossible? Well, think again mes amis ! Here’s a shinning example of une fille Brésilienne (a Brazilian girl), who -it’s hard in this case not to think of Linda de Souza and her “Valise en carton“ (“Cardboard Suitcase”)- was forced to travel a lot during her childhood, mainly because of the political situation that dominated her…

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