After almost 18 years in Paris, the conclusion is that my level of French ‘sucks.’ Last night at the Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group that I co-founded more than 14 years ago with Marie-Elisabeth Crochard Fasanella Fitère (yep, married a few times), it [...]
1) Behind the wheel: Practice your pronunciation and intonation while driving in the car. What better place to work on rolling your Rs than in a car by yourself? So what if the guy stopped next to you at the stoplight [...]
When learning a new language it’s a bit difficult to know what areas to focus on first. Do I need vocabulary for travel? Phrases for asking directions? Keywords for understanding a menu and ordering a meal? Numbers for prices, addresses and phone numbers? Of [...]
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It’s the 4th of July, otherwise known as Independence Day. A day for parades, outdoor concerts, fireworks, and la piece de resistance, an all-out barbecue (or BBQ) featuring that all-American dish, the hamburger. But is it so all-American?
There are many theories on where hamburgers come from. Some sources say they came from Hamburg, [...]
Recently I saw a friend in town as I was doing a little Christmas shopping. She was talking on her cell phone as I walked over to her. I didn’t want to bother her, so I stood back and waited for her to finish talking before saying hello.
My friend is bilingual, so it [...]
Thanksgiving is a special holiday, a time most Americans associate with being with family and eating a wonderfully copious meal. It’s no surprise then that this time of year can be one of the most common for homesickness as an expat living in France. But there are groups that help Americans adjust to life [...]
- DOs & DON’Ts: Hosting a Dinner Party in France… by Pierre-Antoine Dubosc
- Cranberry Mania : recipes and inspirations ! by American Community in France
- Watching American TV Shows in France by Michael Barrett
- Pay your french speeding tickets online (and avoid scams) by Jean Taquet
- Raising Bilingual and Bicultural Kids in the French School System by Rebecca Grossberg
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