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For the love of all things French Posted by on Mar 16, 2021

This year March 13th to the 21st is the Semaine de la langue française et de la Francophonie. To celebrate, I thought I’d share some great resources for indulging your love of all things French. Un petit air de francophonie The Centre National du Patrimoine de la Chanson and its Hall de la Chanson vous proposent…

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French History – More monarchs Posted by on May 26, 2020

The French Revolution of 1789 brought about enormous changes and laid the foundations for the France that we know today. It also ended the reign of Louis XVI and his reine (queen) Marie Antoinette. But … it didn’t end the monarchy in France! Un empereur, trois rois, et un autre empereur! Before France would bid…

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French History – Shaking Things Up Posted by on May 19, 2020

The French have had more than their share of revolutions. They’ve never had a problem when things weren’t working, just scrapping it all and starting over. There’s a reason that the current political administration is the Ve République (Fifth Republic). Une histoire révolutionnaire / A revolutionay history Most students of French language and culture are familiar with…

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French Current Events Posted by on Dec 3, 2019

December isn’t typically la saison des grèves (strike season) in France, but this year the month that usually kicks off the holiday season will being with la grande grève du 5 décembre (the great strike of December 5). What’s the problem? In what could be the largest social movement in years, “plusieurs millions de salariés du public…

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French Literature – La Dame aux Camélias Posted by on Sep 24, 2019

France has supplied the world with some of its greatest writers. I often return to my favorites to keep up my skills. Some – like Victor Hugo’s Notre-Dame de Paris (which incidentally helped to save the magnificent cathedral the last time it was in need) or Alexandre Dumas‘s Les Trois Mousquetaires – are quite long…

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Upstream Traffic Towards Paris – Confusing Directions In French Posted by on Aug 23, 2019

Learning le français is all about making mistakes and being at a loss for words when there’s something important to say. That can lead to some embarrassing moments, but a few uncomfortable seconds is the price to pay for free French lessons. Being a non-native francophone (French speaker), I often hear a new word before…

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La Coupe du Monde (The World Cup) Posted by on Jun 26, 2018

Any soccer (or, rather, football) fans out there are surely aware of the important games that are occurring now. It is, of course, the World Cup (La Coupe du Monde), which occurs only once every four years. Unfortunately for American fans, the United States did not make it through qualifications. But, you can always still root…

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