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French Commerce – Glow in the dark Posted by on Nov 10, 2020

Well here we are, almost at the mi-novembre (mid-November). In France, tout comme aux États-Unis (just like in the United States), we’ve changed the clocks and it gets dark earlier. Growing up in the northeastern United States, I’m used to early evenings. But when I went to France for the first time, I was hardly…

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French Culture – The Little Prince Posted by on Aug 25, 2020

I realized recently that, while we’ve often evoked it, no one here at the Transparent Language French Blog has ever really talked about Le Petit Prince … perhaps one of the most famous (or if not, at least well-loved) books ever written in French. Je ne veux plus être raisonnable … Often taught in high…

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French Language – Right is right Posted by on Jul 21, 2020

It’s not uncommon to forget or to mix up words when you first start learning a new language. I once asked for un orteil sans plume (a toe without feathers) when what I really wanted was un oreiller sans plume (a pillow without feathers)! These sorts of errors usually work themselves out with practice, but…

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French Culture – A New Day Posted by on May 12, 2020

As of Monday, France has started the slow process of opening up for business. And while travel within 100 kms of home is now permitted, foreign visitors will still need to quarantine for 14 days if they travel to France. So no trips for me anytime soon … but the news did get me thinking…

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French Vocabulary – Working Out Posted by on Apr 28, 2020

While some countries are starting to relax their stay at home orders, people living in others – including la France, l’Angleterre, and many parts of les États-Unis (including where I live) – are still trying to find ways to pass the time while confinés chez eux. Virtual tours are great for the mind, but what…

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French Opinions – Covid Confinement Posted by on Apr 14, 2020

As many French people head into a fifth week of confinement, only able to leave home for necessities dans le cadre de la lutte contre la propagation du virus Covid-19 (as part of efforts to battle the spread of Covid-19), how are they feeling. For many, the challenging times are taking a toll. Fortunately, the…

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French Culture – Responding to a Crisis Posted by on Mar 24, 2020

Last week it still felt like we could ignore what is happening outside, at least here in the US. As France, following la Chine (China), l’Italie (Italy), l’Espagne (Spain), et bien d’autres pays (and many other countries) started to ask people to stay home and to keep physical distance, I know I for one wanted to focus…

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