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Anniversaries Posted by on May 11, 2021

For many French learners, the word anniversaire is perhaps most with associated with the expression Joyeux anniversaire but it can also refer to un anniversaire de mariage, or like in this past week, l’anniversaire d’une mort, or l’anniversaire de la fin d’une guerre. So this week, let’s explore anniversaries. 200 years after the death of…

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De la Rochefoucauld’s Maxims Posted by on Apr 20, 2021

17th century nobleman and militaire François de la Rochefoucauld upset the powerful (including Cardinal Richelieu), spent time in the Bastille prison, and had famous friendships with the likes of la marquise de Sévigné, but is most famous today for his maxims. De la Rochefoucauld’s Maxims A maxim is a short, impactful statement that highlights a fundamental…

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