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Kristin Espinasse
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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 yesterday 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. :-)
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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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Thank you for your comments, which I love reading! The flood this morning had so many positives, as you mentioned: clean tile floors, clean cupboard below the sink, an aired out house, further spring cleaning... But the best, was watching and appreciating my very self-reliant husband, who managed to change out the tubing! It's taken years for me to appreciate the fact that Jean-Marc wants to fix things himself. I am so lucky to have him and I am inspired to try to figure things out myself, instead of believing we need a professional each time. There are so many things we can do ourselves, if only we will try!
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Thank you for your comments, which I love reading! The flood this morning had so many positives, as you mentioned: clean tile floors, clean cupboard below the sink, an aired out house, further spring cleaning... But the best, was watching and appreciating my very self-reliant husband, who managed to change out the tubing! It's taken years for me to appreciate the fact that Jean-Marc wants to fix things himself. I am so lucky to have him and I am inspired to try to figure things out myself, instead of believing we need a professional each time. There are so many things we can do ourselves, if only we will try!
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How many beach towels does it take to dry a floor? Read about our latest inundation and meet the culprit! SEE YOU SOON? WINETASTING - APRIL 15th A few times a year we open our home sweet-flooded-home to visitors. To reserve your seat for our Friday, April 15th meetup at 3 pm email me at kristin.espinasse@gmail.com TODAY'S WORD: Bouffer : to eat, to gobble up, to stuff oneself, to pig... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you so much for your responses to my story, the idea of which has been on my mind ever since writing the Paris Catacombs story, 2 years ago. Yesterday, I finally sat down and wrote it. Your comments are so appreciated. Merci encore. (P.S. kicking myself for forgetting to add a link to the comments box. Thanks, Kathleen, for the info!)
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My article in Paris's Journal of Applied Physics. You are viewing the April 1st edition. I stood in line for 8 hours at our local newsstand to obtain copies of this historical printing of yesterday's pivotal discovery of The Jetaieu Spectrum. Bonjour! It is a pleasure to be back! During my two-week absense, I have had the privilege, in connection with France News Media, and physicists from Grenoble and Marseilles,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Fred! Your note means the WORLD to me! All the responses here mean so much. Thank you all for taking the time to comment. On my way back out the the garden, now...à bientôt!
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Thank you, Bettye! I appreciate your thoughts.
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Printemps here at our vineyard. "It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!" -Mark Twain. Don't miss hearing the French version, below. TODAY'S WORD : fièvre de printemps = spring fever MAS DE LA PERDRIX The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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My permaculture garden (photo taken in August 2014). A cat fight almost happened here.... TODAY'S EXPRESSION Occupe-toi de tes oignons : mind your own business Literally: take care of your own onions! MAS DE LA PERDRIX The perfect home to rent in France. Celebrate special occasions with family, friends. Click here. FRENCH PRONUNCIATION Improve your spoken French with Exercises in French Phonetics Listen to Kristi pronounce today's phrase:Occupe Occupe-toi de... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hello, Clive, So glad you brought this up! I, too, have the hardest time commenting just off the top of my head. Only moments ago, I managed to hit the send button, after taking ten minutes to format an awkward, 2-line response to Ellie (of the Have Some Decorum blog!). So heres to all the big-hearted lurkers out there! You are not alone. And many thanks for reading! 💛
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