Category Archives: Cultural Perspectives

French Elections – a Cheat Sheet

A cheat-sheet to help understand the French elections. Continue reading

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Liberty and my French friends grieve for us !

My French friends seem almost as upset as we are at the idea that Trump could – will! – be the President of the United States. That somehow calms me, knowing we have their support. Here are some of them: … Continue reading

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Practicing our French at a Back Bay French restaurant

A lively, delicious class at La Voile where we ordered in French, used our French cuisine vocabulary, chatted with our French waiter in French, and were offered un verre de champagne après le dessert. Alexis nous a même appris un nouveau mot: … Continue reading

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July 14 terror in Nice, France

This post has 3 items, all relating to the horrific attack on Nice, France, yesterday. 1) your basic French vocabulary about terrorism 2) graphic showing love for France 3) my response to the horror of yesterday’s attack Basic French vocabulary about terrorism: … Continue reading

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Our terror – the French care!

As we plunge into our horror and puzzlement over our recurring acts of terrorism, we tend not to realize that people in other countries are also horrified. Just as some of us were when the French were attacked last November … Continue reading

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Spelling Changes – Helping or Harming?

The French are arguing again, 26 years later, over recommended spelling changes to their language. I remember agonizing over them when I was working on French textbooks at a publishing company back then. We ended up not changing our spelling, … Continue reading

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Fête de Noël honors the French spirit

A bunch of devoted and talented francophiles gathered last night for Susan’s annual Fête de Noël. Current and former students, nous avons bavardé en français, grignoté des mets délicieux, et fini par chanter des chansons de Noël en français. En … Continue reading

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