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Let’s start at the very beginning… Posted by on Jul 26, 2022

As they say, it’s a very good place to start. It turns out, it’s also a good place to end. After 6 years … and over 300 posts! … this will be my last blog for Transparent Language. All good things… My French journey began way back in 1981 when I was in the 7th…

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10 … 9 … 8 … Posted by on Dec 28, 2021

Christmas has come and gone and the new year is at hand. Sadly this December 31st’s festivities in Paris will be muted again à cause de Covid. “Il y aura une interdiction des rassemblements festifs ainsi qu’une interdiction des concerts et feux d’artifice [… et] la vente et la consommation d’alcool sera aussi prohibée.” The…

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France is … Posted by on Jun 29, 2021

France, and especially Paris, holds a very special place in my heart. Most people just accept it when I gush about some new discovery from across the sea. But others are always asking me why I love France so much. “What’s so great?” They say. Well while it’s hard to narrow down, for me, France…

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Opening up … again Posted by on May 25, 2021

Just over a year ago, I wrote a post called Opening Up. While it already felt long, we were really still in the early days of Covid, and France was coming off of their first significant confinement and trying to get back to normal. Twelve months … and multiple re-confinements and a few couvre-feux later … France…

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A novel solution to food waste Posted by on May 18, 2021

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Sustainability is a topic we hear a lot about these days. Global initiatives like the United Nations Goals for Sustainable Development encourage all of us to think about ways that we can help ensure that our home remains vibrant and viable. This week I came across a novel solution to food waste that might help…

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From Earth Day to the moon Posted by on Apr 27, 2021

Two events last week reminded me of the amazing nature of and possibility represented by our amazing home, la Terre. Come along with me this week as we journey from Earth Day to the moon! From Earth Day … Le jeudi 22 avril was le Jour de la Terre (alternatively known as la Journée de la…

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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 Franç are having to rethink les fêtes de fin d’année. Comment les Français…

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