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Kristin Espinasse
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Thank you, chùre Chris. Your message touches me deeply as I read it here in San Francisco, a tear in my eye from readers like you who have supported my writing and cheered me on over the years. 💛
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Marianne, Thank you for your thoughtful words. This post was written a few years ago and, lately, I enjoy beginning a post a few days early and having the time to let the story develop. I appreciate and am touched by your encouragement on writing. 💛🌞
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Hello Marshall, Thank you for your note, and very sorry not to have answered your comment. I am on vacation with family, here in the US, and, in my absence, have preprogrammed my blog to send out posts automatically. I have just asked Jean-Marc for the correct way to express we have landed, and you are correct: it should be *on a atterri.* Cheers from San Francisco, Kristi
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Hi Eileen, JM had the melanoma removed a long time ago, in 96. I will say hi to Jules when we return in a few weeks. Thanks.💛
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Cabanon and field of fennel near the town of Orange. se donner de la peine pour faire quelque chose : to go to a lot of trouble to do something Click here to listen to the following sentence in French Il s'est donnĂ© beaucoup de peine pour rĂ©ussir. He went to a lot of trouble to succeed. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE... by Kristin Espinasse Writing Lesson Number 1: Show up at the Page Three times each week it is the same effrayant feeling. Today it was no different. Lying there asleep in bed I gradually gained consciousness. My eyes were already open when I found myself gazing at my husband's back. There were his deep scars (post melanoma), there was his bent hair, or "pillow head", there was that poetic point at which the curve of his torso meets the curve of his hip. It is the most delicious part of the day, those fleeting few seconds of quiet observation--before thought ticks in, dispersing the peaceful moment. And they are the most nerve-racking, those seconds that follow.... when apprehension arrives. I turn over and peer out the porte-fenĂȘtre, as if by shifting the body a shift in perspective... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thanks to The Vineyard Wine Shop for this photo montage. Today's tasting is from 3-6p.m. 261 Fillmore Street, Denver, CO 80206. Tel : 303 355 8324 We look forward to seeing you there! Today's word: un atterrissage : touchdown, landing A DAY IN AN AMERICAN LIFE La Ciotat to Denver On est atterri ! We made it to my sister's in Denver and, after a home-cooked meal (thanks Heidi) of grilled chicken, taboulĂ©, and du mesclun, extra cĂąlins from my niece and nephew, and a good night's rest (rocked to sleep by Colorado cricket song!), we are revigorĂ©s and ready for today's wine dĂ©gustation over at The Vineyard Wine Shop. It's Denver's oldest wine store and today they'll be featuring Domaine du Banneret (Jean-Marc's uncle's wine) as well as another vineyard close to my husband's heart: La Mascaronne. Chief Grape tells me there will be du monde, so if things get crowded please do not leave without at least saying un petit coucou. We would not want to miss any one of you! 🌞 I will post a photo on my Instagram, veuillez nous suivre la-bas ? Mille mercis et peut-ĂȘtre Ă  tout-de-suite, Kristi FRENCH VOCABULARY on est atterri =... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Come see Jean-Marc and me! We'll be in Denver next week, for a wine tasting of Provence and Chateauneuf du Pape wines that Chief Grape exports to Colorado. This event will take place September 13th from 3 to 6 PM at The Vineyard Wine Shop, 261 Fillmore Street, Denver, CO 80206. Tel : 303 355 8324 We look forward to seeing you there! Today's Word: se pointer : to show up, turn up Click here to listen to Jean-Marc read the example sentence Le simple fait de se pointer permette d'obtenir des résultats avec le temps. The simple act of showing up allows you to obtain results over time. Improve your French pronunciation with Exercises in French Phonics. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse In one week and two days we leave for Denver! I have been preparing for the 4-week absence by checking off the following liste de choses à faire: - finir les impÎts - trouver une robe pour le mariage de Kirsten - choisir un cadeau pour les mariés - cadeaux pour ma niÚce, mon neveu, et ma soeur - faire un double de clé pour Mom - finir l'article pour France Today ...et... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Teresa, Ah, that could have been! But no. Max is the shortened version of Maxime.
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Félicitations to our Max, who begins un stage, or internship, in Reims, for the champagne house Lanson. Go back with me, today, to his very first job at the age of 3: teaching his mom how to correctly pronounce French! Read on in today's story, below. Today's word: la ceinture de sécurité : seat belt Some of you enjoyed viewing the vocabulary list before the story, so we'll use this format once again today! (The audio file follows, below). French Vocabulary complet = full une place = a spot (parking place) Elle est complÚtement dingue! = She is absolutely nuts! pompes funÚbres (fpl) = funeral home c'est sale = it's dirty la crotte = droppings la ceinture = seatbelt Ah, bon? = Oh, really? voilà, maman = there you have it, mommy A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse Go back in time with me now, if you will, to the historic town of St. Maximin, where visitors from all over the world come to see the purported relics of Mary Magdalene (behind a thick glass encasement in the town's basilica). The year is 1998 and the tree-lined parking lot in front of our centuries-old village home is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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One day soon, I hope 🌞💕
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Thank you, Pat. I hope it is worth the OKLAHOMA switcheroo. 😂 Looking forward to seeing everyone 💕
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Thinking of you, Katia. Sending hugs and bon courage. 🌞
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Thank you, Lorinda!
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Jean-Marc (here, with grape stains...) and Kristi will be in Denver soon, for a wine tasting of Provence and Chateauneuf du Pape wines that Chief Grape exports to Colorado. This event will take place September 13th from 3 to 6 PM at The Vineyard Wine Shop, 261 Fillmore Street, Denver, CO 80206. Tel : 303 355 8324 We look forward to seeing you there! Just for today, we are going to reverse the format and begin with the vocabulary list from the story: ça y est = that's it c'est presque la rentrĂ©e = it's almost back to school l'ardoise (f) = slate, blackboard le pistou = vegetable soup with basil la courgette = zucchini le basilic = basil sans le savoir = unwittingly, unknowingly le gilet = cardigan une tuerie = something "die for" delicious la fleuriste = florist, flower shop le ressentiment = resentment j'ai la fringale = I'm so hungry! I'm starving! A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse A light Mistral is sweeping through our neighborhood, taking with it the last of the tourists. Ça y est, c'est presque la rentrĂ©e! It felt good to walk along the breezy streets, letting my hand glide... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2018 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Our Smokey turned 9 last week (here he is with 2 of his 5 sisters, in 2009). Following the previous post, I received several emails about our golden "showing his age." Funny, I didn't notice the gray in his beard or his eyebrows..until now. And it's all got me thinking about how we need to treasure every day with him. We'll keep the rest of this post light, with a look back at Smokey and his sisters. You'll meet Braise, too, Smokey's mama. We got her from the dog pound before we moved to the first vineyard. She passed in 2015, at the same age Smokey is now. We really do need to treasure every day from here on out! Today's Word: le chiot : puppy, pup For a quick boost to your French vocabulary, try this book! You will pick up useful French phrases and learn a lot about the culture. Thank you very much for your book support, which keeps this first collection of blog stories from 2003-2005 in print! Click here to pick up a copy for yourself or for a friend. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse Kids! Every parent knows that caring... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Jean-Marc and Kristi will be in Denver soon, attending a wine tasting of Provence and Chateauneuf du Pape wines that Chief Grape exports to Colorado. This event will take place September 13th from 3 to 6 PM at The Vineyard Wine Shop, 261 Fillmore Street, Denver, CO 80206. Tel : 303 355 8324 We look forward to seeing you there! Today's Word: le dĂ©chet : waste, litter, rubbish, refuse Les dechets Les dĂ©chets sont faits pour ĂȘtre jetĂ©s dans des poubelles adaptĂ©es, pas dans les jardins. Trash is made to be tossed into designated garbage cans, not into gardens. Another way to support this French word journal: by clicking on my name, below, you can purchase a book. Books make wonderful gifts. Thank you very much for your support! A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse I received the following courriel from reader JosĂ©phine.... Hi Kristi, I am wondering how you manage living on the beachside after living so many years in the vineyards? I imagine it is a little frenetic at times? Coucou, JosĂ©phine. The first few months were strange indeed. It was awkward having strangers so close to our front porch, even if a brick muret... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thanks, Cathy! I remember your visit, fondly. Please say Bonjour to your mom 💕
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Love this expression. Thank you, Jean, and for the corrections, too. Always helpful and appreciated ☀
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Whoops! Thanks, Petra!
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James, Thanks for sharing this wonderful story!
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So good to hear from you, Kimber! Thank you for reading all these years!
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Sometime during her second week in France, Mom moved out of grandson Max's room and into her own independent "space." Here's a view looking down from my bedroom, to Mom's "front patio" (really just the edge of our driveway that meets the house). In order to block the view of our cars--and the slew of tourists who pass by on their way to the beach--we've set up this privacy wall for Mom. As Jules slowly builds her nest out of what she has been given (a former "a wine cellar" I mentioned previously; in reality it is a badly converted garage.... We plan on renovating it for mom this spring. Meantime, Mom is a trooper even on difficult days when she can't get the old green curtain to slide across the ugly blue rod, or when a big rock (holding up a sink skirt) tumbles off the tiny kitchen counter--hitting her big toe! Then there's the European (only for peein'?) compost toilet. Excuse the bad joke but it helps to laugh at a time like this. (Easy for me to say!) Please wish Jules bon courage as she settles into her new life in France--not as glamorous as it may... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Midsummer night in La Ciotat. Families at their pop-up picnic tables, people swimming into the night, and the historic shipyard in the background, beneath a mauve sky. I'm going to bottle up this peaceful scene and shake it out in bits--in the kitchen, in the bedroom--wherever there's conflict.... Two words today: gĂ©rer and dĂ©brouiller : to manage and to sort things out Audio File: Click here to listen to the following sentence Il faut arrĂȘter d'Ă©ssayer de gĂ©rer les gens et plĂ»tot les laisser se dĂ©brouiller. One must stop trying to manage people and, rather, let them sort things out. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse Andale! Andale! Ariba ariba! Along with the morning dew, a vapor of Spanish commands are rising from the studio below our bedroom. It's 6 a.m. From our open windows I recognize my Mom's voice and determine she is trying to get our golden retriever, Smokey (wanting attention after guarding by the foot of Mom's bed all night), to se casser (or, in kinder words, skedaddle!). I jump up and hurry over to the stairs...when something stops me in my tracks: The realization that I cannot, I must not, continue to micromanage... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Leslie. Your words mean a lot to me 💕🌞
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Thank you, Robert. This looks great. I am reading the customer reviews now and plan to order a copy.
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