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Kristin Espinasse
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Will handwriting soon be obsolete? Currently, French employers still appreciate a penned cover letter. (Picture of the handmade pen my sister gave me for my birthday.) TODAY'S WORD: le stylo : pen un stylo bille = ballpoint pen un stylo plume = fountain pen un stylo feutre = a felt-tip pen Try Mastering French Vocabulary with Audio MP3 EXAMPLE SENTENCE: Votre lettre doit être irréprochable : écrivez sur une feuille... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Using the keyword "squirrel," I searched my photo archives for an image to illustrate today's word...and this is what came back. Do you see a squirrel in there somewhere?? We begin this edition with a quote from a reader: When I studied French decades ago, I was told by one prof that during the war, écureuil was a test word used to ascertain whether the speaker was, indeed, French or... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Robert, That is a good question. I do know that handwritten cover letters used to be required in France (if I remember correctly) - perhaps it has something to do with handwriting analysis (in which case Jackie will need to rewrite her letter in her own handwriting!). Update: Just spoke to Jackie. The company wants a handwritten letter.
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Today we talk about cover letters in France--an important part of French business etiquette. Listen to Jackie read her lettre de motivation, for a summer job she is applying for. TODAY'S WORD: la candidature : application (for a job) un appel à candidature = a call for applications poser sa candidature = to apply for a job 3-minute video lesson: When does the S in French sound like a Z... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hi, Bill, Always good to hear about Theo. Like, Breizh, they are forever in our hearts.
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Benjamin Houy, a young Frenchman from Paris, has written some helpful language posts for this blog. His 30-Day French program will teach you everything you need to know to speak French with 30 lessons based on real-life conversations. Try it out. TODAY'S WORD: le soin : care, attention, treatment EXAMPLE SENTENCE: Don't miss the soundfile for this text, click here. Une collerette vétérinaire, cône pour animal ou collier élisabéthain, est... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Love seeing this message.
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Thank you, Joan. I love the connection you saw between the vocabulary round up and these American roots. Yee haw!
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Thanks, Frank. I missed that one after fixing it at the original post. I had a problem during the translation after Jean-Marc wrote both *mouton* and *brebis*. Not wanting to write sheep and sheep , I wrote mutton and sheep. Since, I have changed the one to *ewe* :-)
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Chris, Good idea about including the phrases from JMs bilingual stories. Thanks!
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Julie, that is a great idea for Jean-Marc to say each word twice. Thanks!
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Thank you, Classis, and thank you all for your feedback on this vocabulary roundup! It is raining softly here in St-Cyr-sur-Mer, and a pleasure to be cozy here inside, reading your thoughtful comments.
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Thank you, Alice. I will fix this.
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If you read all the stories posted here in January, your French vocabulary grew like the dickens (il a beaucoup poussé)! Let's go over some of the terms we learned in the context of this French life. Click on the titles below to read any stories you missed. Be sure to click on the sound file below each list. 1. Hospitality, a recipe, and keep things simple pas si simple... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Today's post is illustrated with valleys, in theme with today's word and story. Wish to speak French fluently? 30-Day French will teach you everything you need to know to speak French on your next trip to France with 30 lessons based on real-life conversations. Try it out. TODAY'S WORD: le vallon : valley, little valley Try Mastering French Vocabulary with Audio MP3 AUDIO FILE: listen to the word "vallon" in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Sheep grazing in the vineyard of Domaine Tempier beneath the village of la Cadière d'Azur - a most charming village near us. Reserve a room for Valentines or any time of year. Click here. TODAY'S WORD: Tondre : to mow, to cut, to shave, to shear 1 Minute video : learn to say "monsieur" correctly. By Dave over at www.fluentfrench.com BIILINGUAL LETTER by Jean-Marc Il y a 4 ans, alors... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hello, Diane. Thank you for trying to send a contribution, but there is no record of this at Paypal. Also, you would have received a notice in your inbox, if a charge went through. Finally, your kind words are a regular encouragement here, which is already a great support. Thank you!
Toggle Commented Feb 2, 2017 on A Tip Jar, a Girl, and Wings at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you very much, Margaret, for the helpful info and for your donation, which I received. When you click on the link, it defaults to a page in French (and in euros). I need to figure out how to get this page to default in English, which would be more reassuring to readers, I think.
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2017 on A Tip Jar, a Girl, and Wings at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Cherie, I enjoyed reading your thoughts about the photo. Someone wrote in to say they found it a depressing scene. It is one of my favorite images. I took it last March, in Porto, after being struck by the gentle scene and the peace emanating from the father and daughter.
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2017 on A Tip Jar, a Girl, and Wings at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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A father putting his artistic talents to work for rémunération. I once had a bird like the little girl's. When it sat on my shoulder I felt invincible. So why is it hard, now, to do certain things? Where are my wings? Bonjour, dear Reader, I have been busy around here lately. "Here" refers to this French word journal, which I began in 2002. Since quitting a full-time job at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, my dear Mom! Seeing your note, mixed in here among so many lovely messages, really cheers me. I love you!
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Wish to speak French fluently? 30-Day French will teach you everything you need to know to speak French on your next trip to France with 30 lessons based on real-life conversations. Click here. TODAY'S WORD: la cage d'escalier : staircase, stairwell EXAMPLE SENTENCE, read by Jackie: Ma cage d'escalier est plutôt du style ancienne époque. My staircase is mostly in an old epoch style. Download MP3 file and listen here... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hi Janet, The audio file for the entire passage is available. See the link just above the French version of Jean-Marcs story.
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Want to speak French fluently? 30-Day French will teach you everything you need to know to speak French on your next trip to France with 30 lessons based on real-life conversations. Try it out. TODAY'S WORD: la sève : sap, lifeblood Parlez mieux : Pronounce it Perfectly in French or Exercises in French Phonetics BILINGUAL STORY by Jean-Marc Il est temps de tailler la vigne Download "It is time to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hi, Mark. I just texted Max and got this reply: "Hi mom, I bought it 4years ago in a shop on the sea at saint cyr ! It's now closed.. and Franklin and Marshall is a brand."
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