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French Vocabulary – Cars Posted by on May 21, 2019

As I’ve shared before, I love to drive in France. The post I shared a few weeks ago and a recent passage in the book I’m reading got me thinking about car-related vocabulary. This week we’ll look at some key words related to cars … and some examples of how to use them in context…

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Softly Singing About Snails – French Nursery Rhymes Posted by on May 16, 2019

This past weekend was la fête des Mères (Mother’s Day), or at least it was aux États-Unis (in the United States). If you’re French, ne vous inquiétez pas (don’t worry), it’s not Mother’s Day until next week! This year was a particularly special fête des Mères for ma famille (my family). It was the first…

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French Vocabulary – Cleaning Up Posted by on May 14, 2019

Spring is the perfect time for cleaning … that’s why we call it “spring cleaning!” So ouvrez les fenêtres (open the windows), sortez les balais et les serpillères (get out the brooms and the rags*), et commençons (and let’s begin)! Le nettoyage de printemps Spring cleaning (also known in French as le ménage de printemps…

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When Pigs Fly And Chicken Have Teeth – Impossible French Expressions Posted by on May 9, 2019

When facing the impossible it can be useful to have something fun to say to help make a joke of the situation. Whether it’s au second degré (sarcastic) or an honestly difficult task doesn’t matter as much as far as the language is concerned. Growing up I often heard a fun expression to diffuse anything…

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French Commercial – Renault Robbers Posted by on May 7, 2019

When I was 14, the French car company, Renault, made their entrée sur le marché américaine (entrance to the American market). My parents even bought two … matching red and blue Renault Alliances. Sadly, they weren’t great … and Renault didn’t last long in the US. Imagine my surprise then, when I got to France…

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Drumming Up New Vocabulary – Talking About La Batterie In French Posted by on May 2, 2019

En étant un Américain en France (as an American in France), learning the language means having normal converations hide surprise French lessons almost every day. It’s hard not to stumble through a few interactions every week as I realize I don’t know how to talk about something as simple as le shampooing or les mails…

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French Music – Nach Posted by on Apr 30, 2019

The global music scene is so diverse these days. Musical styles and personal styles mix to give us fun and inspiring songs that reflect a broader sense of the human condition. I really like this song from the French singer Nach and its message. Nach (Anne Chedid) is another scion of the well known Chedid…

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