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Kristin Espinasse
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After a recent dog-walking clash there was no time to linger in the comfort zone of home, dwelling on a negative experience. Une nouvelle expérience awaited just around the corner of North Africa.... LE DÉPAYSEMENT : change of scene * dépaysement can also have a negative connotation, for it also means "culture shock" or "disorientation" AUDIO FILE... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Ann. Corrections are always helpful and appreciated. And many thanks to all who have taken the time to send in tips, edits (I see Kent left another, farther down), and encouragements for walking Smokey again! I have just ordered the Gentle Leader, as recommended, and have high hopes! I will fill my pockets with treats and get on with training Smokey. Your notes have lifted my spirits and helped so much. Merci beaucoup for sharing your experiences and stories!
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Ever since I dislocated my elbow while walking my dog, outings with my golden retriever have changed. I am more aware of the dangers around every corner. Giant barking dogs can leap out of nowhere, causing a dog on a leash to react in self defense, and even tiny chiens can wreak havoc. For walks to go... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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By tradition, in France, two minutes of silence are respected at 11 am, the 11th day of the 11th month: it is at this time that the armistice was implemented. Listen to this sentence in French, just below. JOUR DE L'ARMISTICE : also known as Le Jour du Souvenir, and Veterans Day, November 11th is an official... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Our chère Natalia, May all these lovely images of what is free in life... be a room full of flowers surrounding your dear Lissy after her operation. An outpouring of love and support is another something free ☀️. May it lift you, Rod, and dear Lissy, too 💛💛
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De rien, Jeanne! Thank you for your lovely words. And I will now search for the green flash, too! I had never heard about that before.
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I don't have a story to go with today's word. Tout simplement, I learned it Friday night on the backstreets, or les ruelles, of Cassis. About a hundred steps from the old port, Jean-Marc and I were dining with another couple when the word ristourne popped up in conversation. Here's what it means, followed by a few... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Dave, and to those who responded to Jean-Marcs post. Enjoy your day. 👍☀️
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Enjoy Jean-Marc's bilingual story about meeting Lukas and Fabienne Vollmy, winemakers in the historic Panier neighborhood of Marseille. First, today's French expression, followed by its correct pronunciation.... "donner le meilleur de soi-même" : to give one's best AUDIO FILE - hear Jean-Marc pronounce the following sentences in French Click here for the sound file ("donner le meilleur... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, June! It is wonderful to see your thoughtful note, along with these encouraging comments from readers. And my Dad will appreciate the way you have noted your city! (He is always curious to know where readers are writing in from :-)
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Thank you, Deborah, for asking about my dear Mom. She is caring for her beloved dog, Breezy, who is about to pass out of this world. Apart from the memories, Breezy is my Mom's last link to John (Breezy was his dog), who passed in August 2016. Thank you for keeping Jules in your thoughts.
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Thank you, Margie. I appreciate that. I would love to do a book of photos, but many things have been grabbing at my attention, making it challenging to settle down on a project. I love and want to putter, garden, cook, exercise Smokey, see my family, friends, and research current interests. Writing this blog is a joy and a vocation -- as well as keeping it everything in balance.
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Thanks for catching that one, Kent! Will add the a.
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Thanks, Diana! Lorinda (see her message below) helped me to see that it was a question of spelling (I could not see that *a*) and not present tense vs past tense.
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Thank you, Lorinda. *Now* I see it (I had been focused on the present and past tense, thinking that was the mistake in question.)
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Thank you, mwilding 💛
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Thank you, Barb. I took a little break and hope to return soon. Your note helps 👍💕
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Sorry about that, Dawn. I think it is a bad translation.
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Thanks, A! Feel free to leave a correction any time :-)
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Thank you, Cynthia! I always look forward to your notes. I hope all is well with you, and that you were only away from your computer for a break.💛
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Thanks, Diana, but I need more of a clue here. I will leave *coughed* for now.
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Thank you, Nancy--and to all who are helping with edits today! The socks mistake is a great example of why a *help edit* note in every post--for when the mistakes are beyond spelling :-) Off change that one to shoes!
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