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Kristin Espinasse
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Thanks for the first correction. As for butts, if I said to Tim, Get your butts down here!, he would know I was referring to his and Phylliss butts. (Any apostrophes missing in this comment are the fault of my blog software, which doesnt permit them when I cement via email. )
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Enjoy your time with family in Italy, Vince. It will all go well. Sometimes Europeans are very insistent (innocently so). Just one sip of champagne!, theyll say, pushing a glass at you. But it is not a problem to push it right back with a simple, No, thank you! Bon courage! And congratulation on 23 years!
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Thank you, Trina. I really appreciate edits, so many thanks for yours! All fixed now.
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Good ideas. I sometimes have to remind myself that we do not owe any explanations. But this is difficult as times.
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Thanks, Judi! Really appreciate these edits.
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Doing much much better around here. Many thanks for the warmth, understanding and support you have sent. Picture of Jean-Marc and me taken two days ago, at Chateau de Pibarnon. Photos by Phyllis Adatto. Today's French Phrase: HISSY FIT : un caprice ECOUTEZ: Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce these French words: Download MP3 or Wav Caprice. Phyllis a fait un caprice afin que Tim accepte de venir dans le sud malgré... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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The following is a curious choice for word-of-the-day on the eve of our son's 21st birthday, but the term mère indigne popped up in today's story. I then found an old word-a-day soundfile from when Max was 11 years old. So there you have it. An almost ready-made post! Here we go: UNE MERE INDIGNE : an unfit mother ECOUTEZ: Listen to a then 11-year-old Max pronounce the example sentence... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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The regular edition, with bells and whistles, will be back next week. Photo from our 20th wedding anniversary, in 2014. Truly A Good Year for Jean-Marc. Dear Readers, If I ever wrote a cookbook or a memoir I would call it Accidental Cassoulet. And if I have one regret in my life it is this: not to have cooked from scratch from the age of 12 (when I was a... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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For those who've never seen us before, I thought to include this photo of Jean-Marc and me, pictured under this pink chinese umbrella. We've lost a bit of hair which is understandable in these cloudy times! At first I thought this quote (to our left) was an unfinished sentence. But on rereading it, I now see it in a new light: "No relationship is only sunbeams--but two people sharing an... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Happy Days then and now. Photo taken in 1991 Today's Word: broyer du noir : to feel defeated, demoralized, depressed AUDIO FILE - Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's word and sentence: Download MP3 or Wav file broyer du noir. Quand quelqu'un est déprimé il voit tout en noir. To feel dejected. When someone's depressed, the see everything in black. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE... I am discombobulated lately. Ce... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Oh là là, enjoying your story, Kitty, as well as the other accounts, above! And thank you to those who wrote in about the sound file. So helpful.
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2016 on Common sense in French at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Katia, Good luck with those mulots, or whatever subject had it that this message was timely for you.
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2016 on Common sense in French at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Chère Chris, Thanks, as always 💛.
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2016 on Common sense in French at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hi, Terry, Sometime last year I cut back on the frequency of the blog. The vocabulary section also took a hit.... On the upside, certain changes have given me a renewed enthusiasm for the blog. Lifting some of the pressure to be professional has helped keep this blog going. I will continue to share our life, and the words surrounding it, and I thank you all for reading,/for sharing, and for your positive words. :-)
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2016 on Common sense in French at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Bonjour from sunny St Cyr-sur-Mer. I am unable to post photos today (more about that, below), and so will get right to today's useful French word: le bon sens. I'll use the definition as the title to the following story... COMMON SENSE I am typing this post on my tablet, which is propped up on a stack of bright checkered dish towels here on our dining room table. My desk... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Leslie, So glad you shared about your recent reaction to the accusative, demeaning email. Your words are so helpful! I woke up to another email, from the same person, and chose not to read beyond the first fiery line!
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Hi, Chris, That should be eau du robinet. Also, un pichet de leau is correct. I think I ask for une carafe deau.
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Thank you, Trish!
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Thank you, Gwyn, and Katia, and all who help give perspective when negative comments come in, as they will. I, too, thought the comment was a delayed April Fools joke, until the commenter left a second note in my inbox. Love your reminder: Accept what you can. And with the breath of love, blow the rest away.
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Thank you! Your comments, ideas, and shared experience are so helpful! I feel much better about our tap water now! I will wait a few days and see if the taste passes. We do not want to use bottled water for all those plastic bottles. And your encouragements and support is much appreciated. Thank you for reading my blog, for encouraging others too, and for trusting me! I am upset about the comment, further up, that questions my credibility. But instead of losing too much more time over it, I will go plant more blueberries and talk with Smokey.
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France boasts an abundant supply of water. But can you drink from the tap? Is it potable, or drinkable? Just where does tap water come from and, more importantly, What is in it? TODAY'S WORD: eau de robinet : tap water ECOUTEZ/Listen to Jean-Marc read the following sentence: Download MP3 or Download Wav Eau de robinet. Peut-on boire l'eau du robinet en France? Tap water. Can we drink tap water... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Oh, boy! I think there is an automatic safety shut off for that. Last time this happened I had the same fear.
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Interesting! Thanks for the info. Ill be scraping our plates even more now!
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