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Paris’ Google Street Map – being filmed now !

If you want to get filmed on the streets of Paris so you can appear on Google’s detailed street map of the city, you have until August 20! If you want to see how the pix get taken, check out: … Continue reading

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Bike Worries Realized in Paris Rental System

A French friend wrote me recently about the success and dangers of the previously-promising Paris rental bike system. (cf., fall ’07 post) Ten days later, the dangers had hit home: a woman she knew was killed on one of those … Continue reading

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French words that don’t exist in English

Wow, I just learned 2 new words on the French news. They could have been around for years, but I’d never heard them before. The anchor talked about this weekend (July 31-Aug. 2) being “le weekend le plus chargé de … Continue reading

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L’Anglais est atomique – le Français est moléculaire

My French friend, Eric, sent me a passionately irritated message about the evolution of the French language. He’s particularly upset by the young immigrants who don’t use the French we have all learned and who make up their own words. … Continue reading

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Paris is speeding past us !

Proof that Paris has changed over the last few years is this new Paris phenomenon, rollerblading across Paris by night with people of all ages, nationalities, and kinds:   http://www.pari-roller.com. If you ever saw a woman wearing running shoes in … Continue reading

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A Word A Day or Spellcheck – Which Is Right?

A.Word.A.Day did it again, gave us a week of French words used in English. The words were pas de deux, bien-pensant, beau monde, tranche, and passe-partout. Those are the English spellings. You can see their derivation and use at http://wordsmith.org//awad/Continue reading

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French + English Word Exchanges

The theme of this weeks’ A.Word.A.Day is the exchange of English and French words that go from one country to the other, sometimes with modified meanings. He has a great quotation from ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Let’s see if Anu Garg … Continue reading

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Good French Movie

If you want to see a good French film that’s now in the States, I recommend “The Class” (‘Entre les Murs’). It’ll give you a privileged view into the current French educational, sociological and, mostly, human scene. See the NPR … Continue reading

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Roquefort vs. Coke?

If you want to hear about a whole ‘nother war, check this out. Our retiring president left the new one another legacy, and France is miffed at us again. This time it’s because we’re resisting their Roquefort cheese. Bush put … Continue reading

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gouverneuses, gouverneures – Blog LeMonde.fr

Our new Republican vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, is making the French rethink their word gouverneuse for a female governor. The French word connotes either governess or the wife of the (male) governor, neither of which apply to Palin. The Québecois, … Continue reading

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