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Kristin Espinasse
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C'est la vérité!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Familiar Faces at Tongue in Cheek
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That was the hard part: how to catch up on 20 years in only a few hours. Hugs are a great way of summarizing all you could not say. Corey is THE best hugger!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Familiar Faces at Tongue in Cheek
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Thanks, Kipper. My new year's goal is to see Corey more often!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Familiar Faces at Tongue in Cheek
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Hi Jacklynn, I had to look up "brainiac" :-) Loved your comment and thanks for reading.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Familiar Faces at Tongue in Cheek
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Today, a rendez-vous with friends in Cassis and Aix-en-Provence. Meet sweet Noelle in today's story. Photo by Barbara Barrielle TODAY'S WORD: amitié : friendship EXAMPLE SENTENCE: Ce qui rend les amitiés indissolubles et double leur charme, est un sentiment qui manque à l’amour, la certitude. What makes friendship indissolute and what doubles its charms is a feeling we find lacking in love: I mean certitude. -Balzac ECOUTEZ - Hear Jean-Marc... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Over a year ago, at the summit of his life, my husband took a hard fall. The accident changed the course of our lives. We put our vineyard up for sale and, just yesterday, sold our boat in preparation for our move. Read Jean-Marc's poignant update in French and in English and listen to his reading in today's sound file. TODAY'S WORD: la broche : pin, rod; brooch EXAMPLE SENTENCE:... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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There's a dog in there somewhere...and he looks hopeless. But there is a happy ending to this story. Read on. TODAY'S WORD: un soulagement : a relief EXAMPLE SENTENCE: C'était un soulagement de voir que la mise en bouteilles s'est bien déroulée. It was a relief to see that the wine-bottling unfolded well. ECOUTEZ - Hear Jean-Marc pronounce the example sentence in French: Download Soulagement Improve your spoken French with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Jacqueline, I am so sorry about your mother. Sincere condolences. About our move, we are now focused on our area, though we keep our minds open to all possibilities.
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Such heartening thoughts! Love your words about every place being home. Thank you, Chris! And thank you to all who have shared here. 💕💕
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Thanks, Joy. It helps a lot reading these thoughtful and caring notes.
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Thanks, Teresa, for the info. We never got to sign the contract, as the sellers cancelled the meeting (in which we were to have a second chance to sign). We completely understand their concern.
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Good thoughts, and so true what you say about looking back!
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Merle, So happy for you that everything worked out. May you and your husband be very happy here. 💕💕
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I can see many advantages of proceeding in this way. It is emotionally draining to sell, as well as to buy. This advice eliminates half of the turmoil! Thank you. I will try...
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Home sweet home...for the moment. But where will "home" be this summer? TODAY'S WORD: la déception : disappointment, blighted hope EXAMPLE SENTENCE: Apprendre que nous ne pouvions plus acheter cette jolie bastide, était une grande déception. To learn we could no longer buy this pretty bastide was a big disappointment. ECOUTEZ - Hear Jean-Marc pronounce the example sentence in French, Download Deception Improve your spoken French with Pronounce it Perfectly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Bringing in the New Year at a party in Marseilles. Thank you Christine and Thierry, for your wonderful hospitality! TODAY'S WORD: avoir hâte de : to look forward to EXAMPLE SENTENCE: En 2017, nous avons hâte de passer de bons moments avec notre famille et nos amis. In 2017 we are looking forward to spending good times with our family and friends. ECOUTEZ - Hear Jean-Marc pronounce the example sentence... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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A favorite place to walk and talk. Conversation with my daughter in today's story. TODAY'S WORD: se souhaiter : to wish one another, to wish each other EXAMPLE SENTENCE: Le 31 Décembre à minuit les français se souhaitent une bonne et heureuse année et prennent parfois de bonnes résolutions pour changer leurs habitudes. December 31st, at midnight, the French wish each other a good and happy year and sometimes make... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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The mysterious card we received in the mail and what was inside... in today's story. TODAY'S WORDS: diriger & benir : to direct and to bless EXAMPLE SENTENCE: De temps en temps, Dieu me dirige à envoyer quelques choses à un/des amis. Voilà. Que Dieu te benisse. (Anonymous) From time to time, God directs me to send something to a/some friends. There you have it. May God bless you. ECOUTEZ... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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One year ago, looking in the window at my French family who joined us here for le repas de Noël. TODAY'S WORD: une mangeoire : feeding trough, manger EXAMPLE SENTENCE: Là, dans la saleté et entre les animaux, elle mit son bébé au monde. Puis elle l'enveloppa chaudement et, comme il n'y avait pas de berceau, elle le déposa dans *une mangeoire* pour qu'il puisse dormir... There, in the dirt... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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We will be here through April--and possibly as long as June--and will try to organize another couple of meetups, if possible. Hope to see you here, or in La Cadiere!
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Jim, Thank you for the correction. It should indeed be signer.
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Trilby, thanks for the wonderful memories you shared. I will not forget that day either.
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Ellen, thanks for the memory. That was a lovely meetup! I took my Mom to the same bistro, and she loved it. While there, we ran into Betsy (Betsy are you reading?)
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Different kinds of yogurt will work. Let me know which ones you try for this cake!
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End of the year To-Dos. This old photo reminds me--I need to fish out our santons and make a good-for-any-season French Yogurt Cake, (recipe here). I also want to update you on our move and the sale of our vineyard. Read on! French Christmas Music: "Mon Beau Sapin", "Sainte Nuit", "La Marche des Rois"... Order CD here. TODAY'S WORD: la promesse de vente : promise to sell EXAMPLE SENTENCE: Le... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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