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Kristin Espinasse
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Here at Mas des Brun, the leaves are bright red on our blueberry bush. They are also a reminder of our upcoming appointment this morning! Read on! TODAY'S WORD: donner son sang : to give one's blood SABLET HOME - for high quality vacation rentals in the heart of Provence. FRANCE & MONACO We offer exclusive short-term holiday rental properties throughout France and Monaco. Reach 26,000 readers. Place an ad... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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When you forward this post to a friend, he or she can use the subscription links in this newsletter to join this list. Thank you for sharing the French word! TODAY'S WORD: ramasser : to gather up, to collect, to pick something up ECOUTEZ - Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's French word: Download ramasser En fin de matinée, je vais aller ramasser des oursins dans la calanque du Port d'Alon.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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He taught me how to eat cheese--and, lately, how to lâcher prise. Photo of Jean-Marc and me taken in 1993, at La Cloche aux Fromages in Marseilles. TODAY'S WORD: lâcher prise : to let go ECOUTEZ - Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's French word: Download Lacher-prise Improve your spoken French. Try Pronounce it Perfectly in French or Exercises in French Phonetics A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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THE BITTEREST WINE: a novel about a family's conflicting roles in WWII Provence and famous writers of the Resistance who influenced them. Order the book. TODAY'S WORD: le juste milieu : happy medium ECOUTEZ - Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's French word: Download Juste-milieu La vertu est le juste milieu entre deux vices. -Aristote Virtue is the happy medium between two extremes. -Aristotle Improve your spoken French. Try Pronounce it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Ken, seconds are not frowned upon in France, so go ahead and enjoy them! Your host will be glad to know you liked the meal. As for taking seconds from the cheese platter, does anyone know if there is a rule about it?
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"New Day". Smokey reminds us all to live simply, slowly, and not to make a cheese about things! Speaking of fromage, tell us your favorite kind here in the comments. TODAY'S WORD: en faire tout un fromage : to make a fuss about something : to make a mountain out of a molehill : to make a big deal out of something ECOUTEZ - Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's French... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Picture of the balcony off our bedroom. It was my dream to live in a stone house and, in 2012, this rêve came true--with a view of the sea to boot! TODAY'S WORD: sourire : (noun) smile : (verb) to smile One way to support this French word journal: shop for necessities or gifts using any of the following links to enter the store. Thank you! GROCERIES - including French... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Yes. A happy accident, as the painter Bob Ross used to say.
Toggle Commented Nov 21, 2016 on To be in limbo at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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It is raining this morning, here in St. Cyr-sur-Mer. Visibility is fuzzy--just like today's word (and our situation). TODAY'S WORD: être dans le flou : to be in limbo BEAUTIFUL FRENCH FARMHOUSE for rent near Portland Oregon. Multi generational possibilities . Click here. YOUR AD HERE. Reach 26,000 readers. Place an ad in the French Word-A-Day newsletter. Click here. ECOUTEZ - Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's French word: Download soundfile... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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An arbousier we planted behind our farmhouse. I first noticed these "strawberry trees" while visiting Corsica, where they are plentiful in the wild--as are boars, which gobble up the fallen fruit. More about sangliers in today's post. FRENCH COUNTRY DIARY 2017 - the most popular and beloved engagement calendar ever. Order it here. TODAY'S WORD: un gigot leg, thigh (of animal) le gigot d'agneau = leg of lamb ECOUTEZ -... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Enjoy your time with family, Corey. Then hurry back to France to your other family 💛 ! P. S. Hi to your mom from Little Kristi
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2016 on Back Home with Family at Tongue in Cheek
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The French eat quail eggs (les oeufs de caille)... but do they eat fried eggs? Read on... TODAY'S WORD: un oeuf au plat : a fried egg, egg "sunny side up" ECOUTEZ - Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's French word: Download MP3 for "Oeuf-au-plat" Un œuf au plat, œuf sur le plat, œuf à la poêle ou œuf miroir est un œuf... cuit à la poêle ou sur une plaque... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hi, Diane. Glad you liked the poem. It was written by Wendell Berry.
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Picture taken on Election Day morning. Is the sky half full or half empty? Depends on how you see things. TODAY'S WORD: la paix des choses sauvages : the peace of wild things A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse Have you missed me? Or have you been so absorbed in the election results that you didn't notice a post has not gone out this week, until now--and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Have a wonderful visit, Corey. Look forward to seeing you when you return. Xoxo
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2016 on Heading Home at Tongue in Cheek
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Yes, bien sûr, Elizabeth!
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Here in France, we set our clocks back one hour on Sunday. And you? Do you have a time change coming up? And how does it affect you, le changement d'heure? Share your thoughts in the comments at the end of this post. TODAY'S WORD: le changement d'heure : time change heure d'été = daylight savings time, summer time passer à l'heure d'hiver = to change to winter time ECOUTEZ... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Une citrouille, in French, is a pumpkin (and a pumpkin is also a potiron). But in today's story, une citrouille is a mode of transportation...and we're not talking about a Citroën! TODAY'S WORD: Une Citrouille : pumpkin : head (synonym, in French, for citrouille) la citrouille d'Halloween = jack-o'-lantern la tarte à la citrouille = pumpkin pie SABLET HOME - for high quality vacation rentals in the heart of Provence.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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French Country Diary - everyone's favorite calendar and it makes a great gift: Click here for the French Country Diary 2017 TODAY'S WORD: faire des courses : to go shopping : to run errands SABLET HOME - for high quality vacation rentals in the heart of Provence. Click here for pictures. FRANCE & MONACO We offer exclusive short-term holiday rental properties throughout France and Monaco. Click here. ECOUTEZ - Listen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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It is proving difficult to illustrate an article on learning grammar naturally! So we'll take inspiration from good ol' Smokey, who is always his best, most natural self--especially on vacation! (In our brief absence we leave you with a helpful article by Benjamin Houy of FrenchTogether.com) HOW TO LEARN GRAMMAR NATURALLY Have you ever tried asking French people why they say things the way they say them? If you do,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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"Miam" is a French word used to designate the appreciation of something, generally a culinary preparation. It is a word that comes from a child's language but one adults use, too, as a part of their appetite. Definition from Internaute.com Miam est un terme utilisé pour désigner l'appréciation d'une chose, généralement une préparation culinaire. C'est un mot qui provient du langage enfantin mais dont les adultes se servent également pour... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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What a great story. Thank you, Muriel. I think well steer clear of your neighborhood. I dont like to share my ice cream ! :-)
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We all need more mudita! Mudita is the benevolent and altruistic joy that delights in the happiness and success of others. It is a sacred joy that finds its pleasure in the well-being of another rather than by feeding envious thoughts and jealousies concerning the other. To illustrate "mudita," we often give the example of parents, who delight in the progress and happiness of their children. (Photo from our marriage.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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There were some unexpected comments following my story about moving on. For the record, No, he's not single! Jean-Marc answers more questions in his open letter, below. TODAY'S WORD: avoir la niaque (also: avoir la gnaque) French: Être très motivé, être capable de soulever des montagnes. (Wikipedia) English : To be very motivated, to be capable of moving mountains ECOUTEZ - Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's French word: Download MP3:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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I think I could live anywhere...as long as there is a garden to call my own. Or is it time to share another's garden? To contribute and to humbly accept a portion of the harvest? These things cross my mind. Meantime, we continue in limbo, until the day our vineyard sells and another decision is made. Read on. (Photo taken on the island of Port Cros, at Le Manoir). TODAY'S... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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