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Archive for September, 2017

Pick Une Carte Any Carte – A Deck Of Cards In French Posted by on Sep 27, 2017

I like to use les jeux vidéo to practice french, but the idea of learning with games is not limited to consoles and computers. Les jeux de cartes (card games) exist à travers le monde (all over the world) and the standard deck of cards that I grew up with aux États-Unis (in the United…

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The monarchy is dead Posted by on Sep 26, 2017

Long live the nobility! One thing I’ve always found funny about France is that a country that so dramatically tried to eliminate all traces of the monarchy* (and ultimately did) would still have a fascination for – and many examples of – a noble class of landed aristocracy lying around. I came across two more…

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Did You Know? The French in North America Posted by on Sep 25, 2017

Did you know that there are 10.4 million Americans who can trace their history back to France or to French Canada? While it is generally known that French-American relations were very friendly during the Revolutionary Period (indeed, France’s centuries-long tension with Britain provoked a military relationship between the fledgling United States and France that directly…

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Welcome, Libra! Come Learn About Your Zodiac Sign in French! Posted by on Sep 23, 2017

On Friday, September 22nd, we experienced the fall equinox, so say au revoir to summer and bonjour shorter days and colder weather. The 23rd marks both my 30th year on earth (omg) and also the start of the astrological sign Libra. Last week on two separate occasions, I was speaking to (much wiser) friends about…

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Welcoming Le Froid – Cold Weather In French Posted by on Sep 20, 2017

It’s getting cold en France and more than making it harder to sleep, le changement (the change) has also left me feeling sick as a dog. While I rest in mon nouveau lit I also have to to pack up les vêtements d’été and start thinking about le temps hivernal (the winter weather) ahead. When…

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Typical and charming Posted by on Sep 19, 2017

In one of my early posts on Paris, I referred to the opening scene of the movie Julie and Julia in which Meryl Streep playing Julia Child asks about finding somewhere eat, somewhere typique et charmant. At the time I was talking about one of my favorite restaurants in Paris. During my recent travels around…

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Le Président et le code du travail Posted by on Sep 18, 2017

If you’ve been listening to the news lately, you might have heard that the newly elected French president, Emmanuel Macron, has been the subject of protests because of his vision of changing France’s labor laws. In French, labor laws are referred to as le code du travail. Travail, of course, means “work,”  and workers can…

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