Category Archives: Boston French classes

Fête de Noël 2014

Fête de Noël chez Susan We had our annual Fête de Noël last week. Present, former, and potential students and friends gathered together to chat in French, eat, drink, and sing French carols.  The rich, beautiful voices of our two … Continue reading

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Middle-agers: Study a Language !

You must read the July 15, 2014 Opinion by William Alexander in the New York Times: “The benefits of failing at French” ” Last year researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Northwestern University in Illinois hypothesized that … Continue reading

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A New Translation of L’Étranger + A New View of Meursault

Etienne R. just sent us a review by Claire Messud of a new English translation of L’Étranger. It’s big news because, as the reviewer wrote, it’s “One of the most widely read French novels of the twentieth century.” The reviewer … Continue reading

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The French of Henri, the Existential Cat

Friends keep sending Henri to me, thinking he’ll make this cat-loving French teacher happy.  But he drives me nuts.  Why doesn’t he explain why his French is so lousy and his pronunciation worse? Is he ashamed that he only moved … Continue reading

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Fête de Noël 2013

Des élèves – anciens et actuels, débutants et avancés – se sont réunis chez Susan pour sa Fête annuelle de Noël. Nous avons bavardé, grignoté et chanté des noëls – en français, évidemment !  Parfois Ed nous accompagnait au piano, … Continue reading

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Didn’t We All Intuit This ?

Didn’t we all intuit that learning – and knowing! – a second language helped the brain? Well, here’s an article reporting a York University study that shows that bilingualism staves off Altzheimers. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/science/31conversation.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha210

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Annual French class Fête de Noël

We just had our annual Christmas fete: good food, French conversation and French carols. The teacher was teased for being a dictator when she broke the group of 15 students into small groups. But it worked: whether from 25 years … Continue reading

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