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Archive for January, 2013

How to Prepare Your Own Delicious Crème Pâtissière! Posted by on Jan 31, 2013

Today’s French Blog post will show you step-by-step how to prepare a tasty crème pâtissière classique (classic confectioner’s custard), which makes up the basis of many exquisite French desserts! Ce dont vous aurez besoin (What you will need): 400 g of lait (milk) 1/3 of gousse de vanille (vanilla bean) 3 jaunes d’oeufs (egg yolk) 80 g of sucre semoule (castor sugar, or, if you prefer, “granulated sugar”) 40 g of farine (flour) Les instructions…

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Top 10 Funniest French Names of Flowers (Part DEUX) Posted by on Jan 23, 2013

We pick up today from where we left last time: The Top 10 Funniest French Names of Flowers! Here’s the link to Part 1, if you missed it. * * * NUMÉRO CINQ (NUMBER FIVE): Lis queue de rénard: Eremurus Eremurus is called in French Lis queue de renard, literally “Lily-Tail-of-a-Fox.” Shamans and White Magic practitioners (whom we know for…

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Top 10 Funniest French Names of Flowers (Part 1) Posted by on Jan 19, 2013

If you pay attention to English, you’ll notice here and there a few names of flowers which are quite funny: Ever heard of “Busy Lizzie“, or even better, of the slightly pushy-sounding “Forget-Me-Not” (“…especially on my birthdays”, kind of thing)? Now, how about le français? Thanks to our carefully selected TOP 10, there’s no shred of doubt about…

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Foxy and Frenchy! Posted by on Jan 15, 2013

Today, mes amis, you have some French homework to do. But no worries, it’s going to be FUN! Your assignment is to to translate into English the following words extracted from the theme of the 100% classic French cartoon “Moi, Renart“: The easy terms are: Poche Cœur Menteur  Gentil Lunettes Assiette Chaussettes Voisin The ones a…

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Petite Question: Parlez-vous Français? Posted by on Jan 12, 2013

Discover a really fun video today, a bit in the style of the “Flight of the Conchords“, who knew un franc succès (a great success) a few years ago, especially in the beginner and intermediate level French classes! If you don’t know “the Flight”, you should definitely check their grand tube (big hit) titled “Foux de Fa Fa.” It makes pêle-mêle (higgledy-piggledy) references to “la baguette“, “le jus…

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Mon Amour, Mon Ami (My Love, My Friend) Posted by on Jan 6, 2013

Victor Hugo has famously compared love to un arbre (a tree): “Il a besoin de racines fortes pour croître et prospérer” (it needs strong roots to grow and prosper) Marie Laforet is the first who sang “Mon amour, mon ami” (“My Love, my Friend”) Today, Marie Laforet is better remembered in France as the lady who…

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The French Circus of the “Poupée de Cire” (Wax Doll) Posted by on Jan 3, 2013

The French young lady (well, at the time, she still was) whose voice you are about to hear is not yet another poupée qui dit “non, non, non, non“ (a doll who says “no, no, no,no.”) In fact, she is a bit more and in the same time less than that. She is a poupée…

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