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Kristin Espinasse
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Thank you very much, Fred! Your comments touch me deeply. And thanks to all who have responded to this story. Your notes are much appreciated--as well as encouraging and a joy to read. Mille mercis!
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Thanks, Jim. Off to fix this! And many thanks to all who have taken the time to write in. I really appreciate your notes! They are the best part of these posts!!
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If you have followed this blog a while, you've seen this photo a million times. Jean-Marc and I were both scared to death about an imminent "for life" decision! Soon after this picture was taken, we got some very good marriage advice from Jean-Marc's grandmother. Twenty-three years later, it is still one of the best tips for a healthy relationship I've come across -- even if we occasionally break the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you very much, Margaret! What a wonderful motivation to continue writing, through the slumps and bumps :-)
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Stationner was word of the day on November 11th, 2005. You can listen to a then 8-year-old Jackie in the soundfile for that post. Jackie is now 19 and finishing up her academic year in Aix-en-Provence, where we found her a studette in le centre ville. She returned for Easter break, to have her dents de sagesse removed and to begin her summer job in Bandol. TODAY'S WORD: Stationner :... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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The port of Bandol where our story takes place, among the old wooden fishing boats, or "les pointus".... TODAY'S WORD: boulot 1. job, work 2. chubby, plump metro, boulot, dodo = the daily grind, all work and no play EXAMPLE SENTENCE: Hear Jean-Marc read the following sentence in French Notre fille, Jackie, a trouvé un boulot en tant que "runner." Le runneur est un serveur qui est en phase d'apprentissage... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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If today's story is frappadingue, be reassured that all returns to normal in the next post. And if this photo has nothing to do with the story--and the example sentence is a bit strange--I have no excuses, frappadingue or otherwise! TODAY'S WORD: frappadingue : crazy, wackadoo, wackadoodle, barking mad : moody (Frappadingue comes from "frappé" and "dingue"--each meaning "crazy") Didier est un vrai frappadingue de danse. Une passion dévorante, à... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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And than you, Frank, for this word. I had never heard of it before!
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Marie, I love this. I say we call it a day and I copy and paste your ending into the story! Then again, my plan was to use every word from the list, in the order that they appear. Je verrai....
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By the artist Cham (Count Amédée-Charles-Henry de Noé) (France, Paris, 1819-1879) — Image credit Lacma; artwork in the public domain Good news: Our Mas des Brun rosé has made it to Los Angeles just before Easter! You can find it at Larchmont Village Wine, 223 N. Larchmont Blvd. Phone: 323 856 8699 -- Call to make sure they have some in stock before going, and please say "Hi" to Simon... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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"My torrid night with a Corsican fisherman" (photo of Elle magazine). It is time to stir things up on this blog. What better way than to write a sizzler! Ready? Your job is to submit a French word. My job is to weave a story with your terms (but not on your terms!). On y va! Let's go! Scroll to the comments link at the end of this post and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Aw. Thank you my dear friend! A big hug from here.
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Thank you, C-Marie! I do not know what I would do without her. And your lovely notes are the best. Merci beaucoup !
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Wonderful. Thanks, Ana Maria.
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Great tip, Robbie 👍👍. Thanks.
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Thank you, chère Chris! 💛🤣😘😘
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Thank you, as always, Cynthia.
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Thank you, Bruce. I could not find a satisfactory definition today (and really wanted to translate it as *sewing shop*. Hope you enjoyed the other story ☺️
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Thank you, Petrina ☺️
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A popular French toothpaste, and iconic soap, the classic barrette -- check out the MADE IN FRANCE page, where you will find products Francophiles tote home in their suitcase. TODAY'S WORD: la mercerie : haberdashery (items for sewing, couture) , notions store : dry goods store Speak French on your next trip to France with 30 lessons based on real-life conversations. AUDIO FILE & EXAMPLE SENTENCE Click here to Listen... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Pierre. So helpful. 👍
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Thank you, Mom. That would be wonderful. 💞😘💛🤣❤️💙💚💛💜💙💚💛💜😘😘
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This is our 3rd Vocabulary Roundup for the new year. By now you should be speaking like sailors! Ohé Ohé matelot... let's navigate through all the terms we learned in March. First, take two minutes to relax and listen to Jean-Marc read the list of French words: Click here to listen to the following list 1. L'Herbe in French & Les Tondeuses de L'Espoir tasser = pack, press, compress, tamp... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
Hi, Bruce, glad you brought this up. Yes, putain means that and more. Have you ever come across the demonstration for the f-word, and how it can mean so many different things? Putain is the same. Theres a funny video on YouTube about putain, too.
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