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Archive for May, 2018

Show Me La Monnaie – The Paris Mint Posted by on May 30, 2018

When you are in Paris, se promener (go for a walk) and you will stumble upon a historical site before you can count to soixante-onze (seventy-one). As long as le métro (the subway) is running, no matter how far you go, it will always be easy to make your way back home! One day while…

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If only it were that simple Posted by on May 29, 2018

My son will be 24 years old next month! He is my pride and joy, but raising a boy did have its challenges. Like many parents, I was always looking for just the right way to guide him on the path to adulthood (and to good manners, behavior, and grades!) If only I’d come across…

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Learning 3 New Words From 1 Mistake Posted by on May 23, 2018

Hier (yesterday), summer weather stormed through Paris and it started pouring during the humid afternoon. Le temps (the weather) may seem like nothing but small talk, but it ended up teaching me trois nouveaux mots (three new words)! It was a dark and stormy après-midi (afternoon) when it started happening. I turned to mon collègue…

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A visit to Monaco Posted by on May 22, 2018

The Grand Prix de Monaco is this weekend (le 24 – 27 mai/May). It seemed like the occasion idéale (perfect opportunity) to talk about that tiny country nestled between France and Italy along la mer méditerranée (the Mediterranean Sea). Monaco or Monte-Carlo At just 2 square kilometers (or 485 acres), Monaco is the second-smallest country in the world (only…

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French Poetry: “La Coccinelle” de Victor Hugo Posted by on May 21, 2018

I always love the time of year when ladybugs start coming out. In French, a ladybug is called une coccinelle, and it symbolizes good luck. The French often refer to les coccinelles as “les bêtes à bon Dieu,” which means something like “Good God’s creatures.” Some linguists state that this expression dates back to medieval times. According to medieval legend…

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Gee Or Jay – Why I Struggle To Spell My Name In French Posted by on May 16, 2018

One of the first things covered in most French classes is, reasonably, the alphabet. L’alphabet français (the French alphabet) is almost the same as l’alphabet anglais (the English alphabet), but that similarity hides some easy mistakes, especially when you need to spell something out loud. After learning l’alphabet français, I didn’t pay much attention to…

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French Music – What happened to the shop girl? Posted by on May 15, 2018

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Last week I introduced you to the French singer Bénabar, and through him, to la petite vendeuse. As I mentioned, Bénabar’s songs tell stories. And fortunately for us, sometimes those stories se retrouvent et se rejoignent (find each other and connect) in other songs. Un jeune vigile A young security guard embauche en civil au grand magasin  Begins his…

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