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Archive for September, 2011

L’Homme au Masque de Fer: The Man in the Iron Mask Posted by on Sep 30, 2011

Today’s article is about une énigme (an engima) of l’histoire de France. But don’t get too excited while reading the title above: It’s got nothing to do with any comics fictional character—Fans of “Iron Man“, really désolé, but stick around nevertheless! Usually, les secrets d’états (state secrets) take a few decades before they are divulgués (divulged) to le public, but it seems that some secrets are…

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What Zaz Wants, “Je veux” (I Want) Posted by on Sep 30, 2011

What do you want from la vie (life), and what do you not want from it? Zaz, a young French singer, knows very well what she doesn’t want: La Tour Eiffel? Not for her! A chauffeur-driven Limousine?  What is she to do with it? Just keep your luxurious mansions, your Chanel jewelry, your residential suites…

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Le passé composé in French Posted by on Sep 29, 2011

“Passé composé“… Two distinct words when coupled together can saw a bit of confusion in the minds of many, many, helpless new French learners! Qu’à cela ne tienne (nevermind), we’ll try in today’s post to shed some light on the different uses of this type of grammatical tense – so you won’t feel too “tense”…

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Une seconde, une minute, une heure Posted by on Sep 18, 2011

Today, you will review with us the basic unités du temps (units of time.) * D’abord (first), il y a la seconde (there’s the second.) “Le tour du monde en 80 secondes” (“Around the world in 80 seconds”)! Directed by two voyageurs: Romain Pergeaux and Alex Profit. A project completed in only 3 semaines (3 weeks.) This route is a tribute to the famous Jules Verne’s…

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Thumbs Up for La Fête des doigts verts (green thumbs) Posted by on Sep 18, 2011

It all started as an informal “underground” social meeting, before blossoming over the years into a big rendez-vous uniting every doigt vert (green thumb) around the French capital! The “graines“(“seeds”) of the event, so to speak, were planted some thirty years ago, in the small town of Thiais, south of Paris, when les amoureux de…

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