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A sentimental education Posted by on Jul 12, 2022

In 1869, Gustave Flaubert published his Éducation sentimentale. This classic example of the Bildungsroman or roman d’apprentissage tells the story of law student Frederic Moreau and his infatuation with the older Mme Arnoux in his hometown in Normandy. This week we’ll have our own éducation sentimentale as we explore les sentiments en français. Sentiments ou…

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Enough Posted by on May 31, 2022

I recently rediscovered this song from Calogero that I thought felt particularly relevant to these times. The context (a young man losing his life in a street fight of some kind) may be different … different than the war in Ukraine, different than the recent shootings in the U.S. … but the message is the…

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Diverse May Posted by on May 17, 2022

After our miscellaneous March and April news round up, we’re back with the monthly news and some fun vocabulary updates for mai divers. Eurovision As was widely anticipated, Ukraine won the most recent edition of the Eurovision Song Contest this past weekend. “Le Kalush Orchestra, dont la chanson Stefania mêle hip-hop et musique traditionnelle, a recueilli 631…

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Pop and Politics Posted by on Mar 8, 2022

Le printemps, a time of renewal and rebirth, is just about here (at least in the northern hemisphere!) This week we take a look at a number of updates from the world of politics and pop culture about new(ish) things coming this spring to France. Emmanuel Macron The President of France has finally made it…

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A French song for Valentine’s Day Posted by on Feb 15, 2022

Ok, I’m a day late … le jour de la Saint-Valentin est passé pour cette année … but this close, love is still in the air. In honor of the official day of l’amour, let’s enjoy a new song from Clara Luciani. Love Hurts Even when it’s good, being in love is complicated. I think…

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Get cozy Posted by on Feb 1, 2022

February may be the shortest month (thank goodness!) and meteorological spring might be just 28 days away, but with its cieux gris, neige, and froid, it can feel like the longest! For me, there is no better month to get cozy than février! Ça caille toujours … The weather hasn’t gotten any warmer since DjeuhDhoah…

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So cold it’s hot Posted by on Jan 18, 2022

January is doing what January does. Days may be getting longer, but the holidays are behind us, le ciel est gris, et il fait froid. For those of you, like me, who are tired of the cold and grey, here’s a fun little virtual escape in the form of a song from. Ça caille ……

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