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Archive for July, 2017

À La Pharmacie Posted by on Jul 31, 2017

Going to the pharmacy in France is a very different experience from visiting a pharmacy in the United States or elsewhere. Here is all you need to know about picking up medication in France, as well as vocabulary to help you get everything you need while there! In France, unlike where I live currently in…

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Grab Your Kitchen Torch & Let’s Celebrate National Crème Brûlée Day! Posted by on Jul 27, 2017

July has a lot of important holidays – we have Canada’s Canada Day on the 1st, the USA’s Independence Day on the 4th, and Bastille Day in France on the 14th. These holidays are all meaningful for a number of reasons, but it would be an absolute tragedy if I didn’t mention July’s most sinfully…

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Folk Music In French: Chantal Archambault Posted by on Jul 26, 2017

There are many great French musicians that are know par tout le monde (by everyone). The greats like Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, or even Stromae are known dans le monde entier (all over the world), but outside of these well known chanteur francophones (French singers), la Francophonie also has a thriving indie music scene. Il…

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Describing people in French Posted by on Jul 25, 2017

In a previous post, I talked about the irregular French adjectives beau, vieux, and nouveau, useful for describing the relative age and attractiveness of people and things*. This week we’ll talk about ways to describe some of the physical characteristics of people. Voilà Sophie / This is Sophie. Sophie est blonde. Elle a les cheveux…

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Almost Août! Posted by on Jul 24, 2017

Today, as I was standing à la caisse (at the checkout/cashier) to pay for my groceries, la cassière (the cashier) mentioned that she couldn’t believe all the back-to-school ads she saw all over the place. “Summer isn’t over!” she opined. I agreed heartily with her…but then I realized that next week will already be August. How…

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Waves In Paris – Le Métro Is Flooded! Posted by on Jul 19, 2017

Un orage (a thunderstorm) passed through Paris recently and caused quite a stir. All the rain from l’orage created des inondations (floods) all over Paris, but for many people it was most notable sur le métro (on the subway)! La Seine is no stranger to la crue (flooding) and has seen many impressive storms in…

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A Revolutionary Calendar Posted by on Jul 18, 2017

Before we leave juillet (July) and our observances of the French Revolution* behind for another year, I thought it might be fun to explore briefly one of the odder ‘inventions’ of the First French Republic.   The French Revolution and France’s First Republic which it led to gave us many enduring ideals including the Déclaration…

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