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What I Can Share: An Ardour for French

The pause is where it's at. Yes, I know I just ended that sentence leaving that preposition dangling, which is not always a crime, unless it feels like it has lost its object. Before the arrival of Corona and the need to remain home for great lengths of time, my object(ive) had been buried in...

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Christmas in France

Looking at France on a map from, say the United States or Australia, one might believe that it is a small-to-medium-sized nation and most likely fairly homogeneous in its traditions and language. A word of caution; never, ever confront a Briton, a Toulousain, an Alsacien, a Parisian nor yet a...

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My New Teachable Skills Improved my Sleep Last Night

As it is for anyone hot on the trail of a new idea; at times that idea will encroach upon my sleep. So it was that as a tech-phobic, but-semi-wiling-to-learn website creator, my dreams last night featured an extra block, with my least favorite color flashing at me with insistence. The stuff of...

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My Next Voyage: and Yours?

No matter where I go, there will always be an ache in my heart for somewhere else. It is human nature. It is beautiful and painful, this must have been the sentiment that led to the word "bittersweet". This can be qualified as overly dramatic in the times we inhabit. But just look, the world...

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Le Matin: Beginning the Day Avec Joie

Mornings, "en confinement" or in quarantine, have taken on a new feeling, and most likely a completely different one for each of us. Gratitude, or "la reconnaissance" comes naturally, and yet, takes a little more effort, after perhaps one more night of "insomnie". The very word insomnia was not...

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Sweet French Words: Love and Midnight Larks

Toutes mes félicitations! Bonne fête! Resers-la; elle meurt de soif! How falling in love in France caused me to learn about one of the deeply secret pranks of May Day in the Southwest region of les Landes. And all you need to know to properly celebrate, share and congratulate in the...

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Comment Dit-On?

How do you say: "Pass the mashed potatoes, please."? "Passe-moi la purée, s'il te plaît" or less formally: "Fait-pêter la purée", which roughly translates to what I never expect to hear from my off-spring in public: "Lemme have the mashed potatoes, would ya?" The holidays are going to be a...

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Surprisingly Agile

I am entirely sympathetic. You are not sure you have it in you, this year, this week. You might sound ridiculous. It is just too late. You have forgotten most of it, and your memory is not improving for regular life, much less another language. You'd rather watch the news. It's that bad. But it...

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The Biggest French Classroom in the World and the Anticipation is Beyond Belief

Or at least that's the way it feels! As we move into the beginning of the enrollment week for these French lessons I dreamed up years and years ago, my excitement is just barely contained. It all started with the idea of rhythm; the rhythm of the seasons, the rhythm of a day, and how language...

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Le Rêve...Dream On

Relax, pour yourself something nice; green tea, fizzy water or a sparkling glass of champagne to celebrate this new chapter in your life. You have waited a long time to conquer this task of French language fluency. You are about to invite a language, a culture or more than one; (Canada,...

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