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Archive for July, 2015

Bon anniversaire, Harry! Harry Potter Terms in French Posted by on Jul 31, 2015

Bon anniversaire, Harry Potter ! On July 31st, the boy who lived turns 35. Since the first book was published in the summer of 1997, the 7-book series of fantasy and adventure novels by J.K. Rowling has become disgustingly successful. Let’s look at some numbers: the books have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, which…

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How To Write A Polite Formula in French Posted by on Jul 29, 2015

In France the art of the handwritten letter has not been lost. I was surprised when I read the requirements for a school application or contacting a bank and saw une lettre manuscrite (a handwritten letter). I hadn’t written une lettre manuscrite since third grade! I couldn’t believe that I would have to handwrite a…

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L’International des Feux Loto-Québec (The Montreal Fireworks Festival) Posted by on Jul 27, 2015

The summer is the season of fireworks. Some years my family has been lucky: We get to see Fourth of July fireworks in the US before heading out to Paris for our annual pilgrimage and watching the spectacular fireworks for la fête nationale. This year, however, we are not traveling and I am stuck dreaming…

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A Beach in the Heart of Paris Posted by on Jul 23, 2015

With the return of summer comes beach season. Volleyball, bikinis, and ice cream… Because France is surrounded by water on 3 of 5 sides, you’re bound to find a beach you’ll like. Tu veux faire un petit plouf (want to make a splash) in the Atlantic? Try a beach at Les Sables d’Olonne, a beautiful…

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How To Find A Hardware Store in French Posted by on Jul 22, 2015

My computer problems quickly led to hardware problems, which meant finding a hardware store. Les problèmes were that my hardware vocabulary isn’t very good in English never mind in French, and that it was still incredibly hot. I needed a very small screwdriver to take off the screws on the bottom of my laptop and…

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Les embouteillages! Posted by on Jul 20, 2015

Normally I try to focus on writing about the fun things about summer: gardening, going to the beach, and going to music festivals. However, there is one unavoidable (and not-so-fun) fact of summer life in and around large French cities: les embouteillages! Un embouteillage is a traffic jam, and there can be a lot of…

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Le Festival d’Avignon – A Big Theater Festival in a Small Town Posted by on Jul 16, 2015

Ugh, another post on the south of France? Oui, chers lecteurs (yes, dear readers), but it’s a very special region to me, and this one’s quite interesting 😉 It’s July in Avignon, and that can only mean one thing (not counting daily trips for local ice cream, I mean – may I recommend La Princière in…

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