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Comment on French regional elections

MMD writes from Paris (while providing a good translation of ‘rabbit caught in the headlights’, commenting on a post by Stephen Roop): Comment: Bravo pour l’article de Stephen “Etienne” Roop sur les élections régionales de dimanche prochain, il se révèle un fin … Continue reading

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“They might have guns but we have flowers”

Regardez cette vidéo sur YouTube: The little boy is so articulate. His love and trust in his father is so moving. His father is so patient and determined to teach Peace. How can we not reverberate to the difficulty of … Continue reading

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Support for Paris in Massachusetts!

Support for Paris in Massachusetts – Back Bay and Lincoln! These are only 2 that have come to my limited attention. I’m sure there are many more out there.  

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Immediate reactions from Paris

Michèle nous envoie ses réactions aux attaques contre sa ville. Susan, c’est une bonne idée de faire le relais au dessus de l’Atlantique. Il y a eu, pour moi et pour beaucoup d’entre nous, une nuit entière passée à regarder … Continue reading

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Beautiful or untranslate-able words

Our friend, Stéphanie, thought of our blog when she saw this article on French words that resonate with learners. I see why! Her favorite is ‘ronronner,’ which is very onomatopoetic. You can just hear the cat purring. Still, I would … Continue reading

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Adventures of living in France. Can we become bilingual? Part II

Stephanie C. has written us before and now adds some of her own French-learning adventures. When she took lessons from me, she was a single American, working in Boston. Now, she’s living in France, married to a French man and … Continue reading

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Je suis Charlie !

Etienne sent us this declaration that we’re together against the terrorism of ideas. In 1969, a character in Marguerite Duras’ Détruire dit-elle wanted to express revolt at repression by exclaiming, “Nous sommes tous des Juifs allemands.”  Indicating less combativeness and … Continue reading

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Nous sommes tous Charlie !

Nous sommes tous Charlie! That’s the cry of all of us who are horrified by the ” acte d’une exceptionnelle barbarie” by seemingly professional terrorists against a daily Parisian paper that publishes a satirical take on contemporary politics around the … Continue reading

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Puzzling out Quebecois from TV5

TV5 is such a fun way to learn French! A complete novice can get the melody from listening to the language in the background. Intermediate students can follow talk-shows, cartoons, films, soap operas and cultural shows with or without subtitles. … Continue reading

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What Non-Parisians Don’t See in Paris

Michèle tells us what we, visitors, don’t see in Paris. She’s giving us an overview here, first, and in the next few days, we’ll get some details. Il y a une grande tendance : le déplacement progressif de la vie … Continue reading

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