Tag Archives: French language

Le flétan poêlé

I visited Québec City about four years ago with students and thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance. The buildings and stone wall seemed to have been transported straight from Saint Malo in Brittany. I kept trying to get my husband and daughter … Continue reading

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Qui plante son jardin plante son bonheur

It’s no light matter to be selected as the most beautiful village in France. Last year, the winner was Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, in south-western France, and the impact on the town was immediate. Since the coronation as the most beautiful village 50% … Continue reading

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Le jour J

June 6, 1944 marks the date of the Allied invasion of Normandy to liberate France from Nazi occupation. It was originally scheduled to take place on June 5 but was postponed due to bad weather. Approximately 156,000 Allied troops participated … Continue reading

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Après la pluie, le beau temps

Lately both France and the United States have been ravaged by terrible weather. The Burgundy region around Dijon was devastated by flash floods that wiped out homes and businesses in minutes. A two mile-wide swath of Oklahoma was erased by a powerful … Continue reading

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Ma Mie

The best baguette in Paris has just been crowned. The big winner, Ridha Khadher artisan Boulanger of Paradis du Gourmand on 156 rue Raymond Losserand in the 14th Arrondissement, upset the incumbent to claim the 2013 title.  The competition is … Continue reading

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Qui trop embrasse mal étreint

I came across a new French saying recently: Qui trop embrasse mal étreint (key troh ahmbrass mal aytrahnt), which literally means “[One} who takes on too much, grips badly.” I have an image of someone trying to hold an armful of apples … Continue reading

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Le Bien-dire

When I was making the switch from lawyer to French teacher, I had some work to do. My French was good enough to be a tourist, but that was it. One of the resources that helped me enormously was a … Continue reading

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Today’s French carol, Patapan, was written by Bernard de La Monnoye in 1720. It wasn’t originally written in French at all, but rather in the Burgundian dialect, which bears only a passing relationship to the language of Molière. It’s kind … Continue reading

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Minuit, chrétiens

When I was a kid, there was always a Christmas program at church. Certain people were known for their particularly beautiful renditions of their “signature” songs. A father-in-law/daughter-in-law duet of “O Holy Night” stands out as one of the memorable … Continue reading

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Les anges dans nos campagnes

Some French carols are more famous in their English translations than in the original. One of those is “Les anges dans nos campagnes,” known in English as “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Its origins are rather obscure, but it’s … Continue reading

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