Author Archives: Patricia Gilbert

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.

Au-delà des étoiles

This week, I got the official dates for my summer job in Paris. The plan is to arrive a few days before the set-up week starts so I can get over the weight of jetlag and to visit the south … Continue reading

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QG

I’ve been following the French election with great interest. On the news, they kept referring to the “Koo Jay” of each party and it took me a while to realize that they were saying QG. This refers to le quartier … Continue reading

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Bonne lecture!

I wanted to share some good francophile reads with you: A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France, by Caroline Moorehead, is the account of women members of the French Resistance who were … Continue reading

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Cannes de serin

It’s finally spring in New England. That means that the students at my school have swapped pants and coats for short shorts and shorter skirts, putting a lot of leg on display. Cannes de serin (kan duh sare-ahn) is slang … Continue reading

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Calcéophilie

I came across a new French word recently that applies to me – calcéophilie (kal-say-o-phil-e). This is a relatively new hybrid, derived from Latin and Greek. Calceo means “shoe” in Latin and phile is “love” in Greek. So calcéophilie is … Continue reading

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Trimballer

Trimballer (trahm-ball-ay), also spelled trimbaler, means to lug or cart about. Everywhere you go in France, someone is lugging their groceries, school books, or existential dissertation in a Longchamp Le Pliage, the origami inspired folding bag. It comes in a … Continue reading

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En goguette

I came across a new word on the Mode Personnel(le) blog that I follow.  The context was how to incorporate a classic vintage bag, like the Hermès Kelly, into a normal wardrobe. The person writing for help lamented, “…j’ai vite … Continue reading

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