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Archive for September, 2012

Demander la Lune (To Ask for the Moon) Posted by on Sep 30, 2012

Just as it’s the case in English, the French expression demander la lune means “to ask for the moon“, “to ask for too much”; “to ask for something impossible or nearly impossible to get.” Now imagine if people demandaient la lune à la lune elle-même (asked the moon itself for the moon), how often can they get…

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Delicious French Dessert: Tarte Tatin Posted by on Sep 29, 2012

Named after a chef by the name of Stephanie Tatin who lived more than a hundred years ago, this elegant French dessert was invented almost as a result of an accident—and what a deliciously happy accident it was! The Cooking Channel rates this recipe “Difficult“, but it’s no reason for us to baisser les bras…

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How to Understand French Pronominal Verbs Posted by on Sep 27, 2012

Les verbes pronominaux are usually easily recognizable: They are accompanied by a pronoun which agrees with the subject. These pronouns can be: me te se nous vous For example, take the verb se nourrir, which is another way to say manger (to eat), similar to the English verb to nourish, to feed (oneself.) You would say…

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Comme Toi (Like You) Posted by on Sep 23, 2012

This is the story of a little girl who was barely eight years old. She lived in Warsaw, Poland. It was the eve of the Second World War. The horrible Holocaust was about to be unleashed by the Nazis. All she wanted was to play and enjoy a happy life. All she wanted was to…

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Powerful French Movie: “Hors-la-loi” (Outside the Law) Posted by on Sep 22, 2012

If you were looking to discover a new powerful French movie, then here is one strongly recommended for you to watch: It’s called “Hors-la-loi” (“Outside the Law.“) One film reviewer had this to say about it: “A tense, energetic historical drama on a grand scale — somewhere between Bertolucci and Michael Mann.” In the previous post…

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The Fabulous Destiny of (a “French Outlaw” from) Amélie Poulain Posted by on Sep 21, 2012

You may remember him as “Lucien, the grocer’s assitant” in the French romantic comedy “Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain” (“The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain.”)  You may have also seen him in “Indigènes” (translated as “Days of Glory” in English), by French-Algerian movie director Rachid Bouchareb. His name is Jamel Debbouze. He made a comeback in the sequel to “Indigènes“, directed by the same…

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“Chanson d’automne” (“Autumn Song”) Posted by on Sep 20, 2012

This is the incredible yet little known story of How One French Poem Helped Win the Second World War! When the allies were ready to land on the coasts of Normandy, they announced the news to the French Resistance by means of this poem, first published in 1866: “Chanson d’automne” (“Autumn Song”) by Paul Verlaine, one of the…

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