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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Posted by on Dec 18, 2020

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame – Notre-Dame de Paris Bonjour tout le monde!  One of my favorite passe-temps during l’hiver is me mettre à l’aise and reading a captivating book. Even better when that book is in French and I get to practice, and faire d’une pierre deux coups. I am sure the majority of you are familiar with the story…

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French Music – A song for Christmas Posted by on Dec 15, 2020

Christmas is a time for joy and the season is full decorations, songs, and festive treats to remind us of that fact. But la Noël et la Saint-Sylvestre can also be melancolie. While les souvenirs des fêtes passées can keep us warm, they can also, as in this song, remind us of missed opportunities. Le dernier…

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French Culture – A Covid Christmas Posted by on Dec 8, 2020

Life’s celebrations, the big and small alike, are especially important to the French. I’ve rarely met anyone who takes the art of celebration as seriously … especially Noël. Sadly, this year, due to the on-going Coronavirus pandemic, like many of us, les Français.es are having to rethink les fêtes de fin d’année. Comment les Français…

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La Révolution Posted by on Dec 3, 2020

La Révolution  Salut mes amis! Hi friends! Maintenant que l’hiver approche et la pandémie se poursuit, c’est le moment idéal pour démarrer une nouvelle série télé sur Netflix. Voilà ma recommandation… La Révolution.  Now that winter is approaching and the pandemic goes on, it is the ideal moment to start up a new TV series on…

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French History – Flights of Fancy Posted by on Dec 1, 2020

Current travel restrictions have kept me grounded, but I have to say, I love to fly. And while the U.S. and the Wright Brothers claim “first in flight”, France has its share of honors to celebrate in aviation. Un avion sur les toits In doing some follow up research to last week’s post, I learned…

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French Culture – Decorating Posted by on Nov 24, 2020

For many, the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US marks the official start of the holiday season. France doesn’t officially have Thanksgiving, and so souvent le temps des fêtes commence (the holiday period begins often) right after la Toussaint. Noël aux Grands Magasins  One of the first signs of Christmas’s impending arrival, in Paris at least, can…

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French Slang Posted by on Nov 20, 2020

L’argot français et le verlan  Aujourd’hui on parle de l’argot français et du verlan… today we are talking about French slang and verlan. C’est parti! Argot, as in any language, is an ever-changing and important part of the French language and culture. The more formal French you learn in school will be perfect for les…

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