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Archive for August, 2016

What’s The Problem? – Writing A Thesis In French Posted by on Aug 31, 2016

These past few weeks I’ve been hard at work on mon mémoire (my thesis). The last big project for un diplôme (a degree) is always hard, and writing un mémoire in another language makes the whole process even more of un casse-tête (a headache). I came to France to do mon master (my Master’s), and…

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Peter Mayle doesn’t have a monopoly! Posted by on Aug 30, 2016

I just finished reading Peter Mayle’s wonderful “A Year in Provence” . . . only 25 or so years after it came out. It’s a lovely book, but I think I was avoiding it! Anytime anyone hears about my time in France they always ask “have you read . . . ?” which weirdly kept…

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French Compound Prepositions: Part 2 Posted by on Aug 29, 2016

Last week, we went over some common compound prepositions in French that situate people or objects in relation to one another (particularly in regard to place/location). This week, let’s focus on compound prepositions that create a different link between nouns.   As described last week, some prepositions directly situate one object compared to the location of…

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Gotta Catch ’em All! Pokémon Names in French Posted by on Aug 25, 2016

While current articles are stating that Pokémon Go usage has been decreasing, it’s no secret that this active game has been on everyone’s phones since July. Walk down the street at 2 in the morning and you’ll find Pokémon trainers. See a large group of people walking around together with their noses buried in their…

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French Youtube Stars: Cyprien Posted by on Aug 24, 2016

Finding fun things to watch in French can be tough. Fortunately, there are many great youtubeurs français (French youtubers), but it’s not always easy to find them. Especially if you don’t know how to search the French web! Cyprien is un YouTubeur français (a French YouTuber). He started out making videos similar to Norman, and…

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Oh la barbe! Posted by on Aug 23, 2016

Nous avons reçu la visite de mes beaux-parents et de notre tante récemment. (We recently had a visit from my in-laws and our aunt.)  Ne me demandez pas comment (Don’t ask me how/why) but somehow we ended up talking about beards! French has many great expressions that incorporate the word “barbe” or that incorporate beards/facial…

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French Compound Prepositions: Part 1 Posted by on Aug 22, 2016

In previous posts, the French team has explored different kinds of French prepositions, including a basic overview of prepositions and proper preposition use with different countries.   Prepositions (prépositions) are words or groups of words that show a relationship between one thing and another in a sentence. For example, a preposition might link the location of one…

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