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Archive for January, 2017

Rainbows Posted by on Jan 31, 2017

Spring is still many weeks away . . . at least up here in the hémisphère nord (northern hemisphere) and in the midst of un janvier froid et gris (a cold and grey January), I know we can all use a little taste of spring to get us through. En plus (And), last week’s post…

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Les chansons de supporteurs de foot (French football songs) Posted by on Jan 31, 2017

If you’ve ever watched a French football (soccer) game, you’ve probably noticed that fans shout out some very energetic and catchy songs and cheers. These songs differ depending on the team fans are cheering for, of course. (And it’s not just French fans who do this–if you’ve ever watched a Liverpool game, you might be familiar with You’ll…

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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – Body Parts in French and Their Actions Posted by on Jan 26, 2017

We’ve all got them. We’re made of them. We use them all the time. In fact, you’re using some of them to read this post! I’d argue that it’s safe to say you learn the body parts in a traditional French classroom within the first few weeks. They’re very useful words, especially when you’re just…

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Preparing For Un Voyage In French Posted by on Jan 25, 2017

Traveling can be difficult when you combine la fatigue à cause du décalage horaire (jetlag) with a language barrier. Before you ever leave though, making sure all your travel arrangements are in order can prove to be quite difficult as well. Preparing a trip can take a long time. You might know where you want…

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Third time is charming Posted by on Jan 24, 2017

Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing some of my favorite French songs with you to help build vocabulary and pronunciation. While the 80’s where the heyday of rich story songs, all the great story songs aren’t from then. This week, a song that goes back a little bit further which many will recognize…

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Les Meilleurs livres de 2016 (Best French Books in 2016) Posted by on Jan 23, 2017

I’ve always been astounded, when walking into a French bookstore, at the amount of international literature (both translated and untranslated) featured on its bookshelves. Oftentimes, in the United States, American authors are highlighted to the exclusion of authors from other countries (although, of course, there are international authors who have enormous followings in the United…

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The Best French Music of 2016! Posted by on Jan 19, 2017

2016 was a tough year for the music world. We lost a lot of fabulous and groundbreaking artists, but the year also introduced us to some new artists and new songs. Every winter, the popular radio station NRJ (pronounced like énergie, the word for energy) hosts an awards ceremony to honor the year’s top music. Just…

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