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Kristin Espinasse
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Fred and my Mom dancing, in May 2015 Happy Birthday Fred Caswell! Fred turns 90 today! He is one of the first readers I ever met, around 2005, and I have had the pleasure of seeing this Middletown, Rhode Island resident several times in France: at our home in Les Arcs, our first vineyard in Ste Cécile-les-Vignes,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Une paillote or beach restaurant in Ramatuelle Rosé is Ready! Jean-Marc will be able to hand you your wine purchase in person, in Nice, June 3rd. Contact him at jm.espinasse@gmail.com TODAY'S WORD: la salière :salt shaker, salt cellar A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE Les Bonnes Manières à Table by Kristi Espinasse It's never too late to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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SABLET HOME- for high quality vacation rentals in the heart of Provence. Recommended by readers. Click here for photos. Thank you very much for the feedback you sent in on the website redesign at French Word-A-Day. I've so far added a search box, included more posts on the front page and brought back the "recent posts" in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Today, try the online edition--and let me know what you think of the new background (from red to some lighter shade...). photo: Chris Davis Speaking of colors and shades our Mas des Brun is now available in the US at these addresses. TODAY'S WORD: envers : to, towards : back à l'envers = upside down Try Mastering... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Beneath the wicker baskets you can see the stand of neatly-stacked espadrilles at our local quincaillerie here in St Cyr-sur-Mer SABLET HOME- for high quality vacation rentals in the heart of Provence. Click here for photos and more details. TODAY'S WORD: porter : to wear prêt-à porter = ready-to-wear Click here to listen to Jean-Marc read the... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Our son Max turns 22 years old today. On this special occasion I have asked Jean-Marc to express his thoughts, which are especially moving in today's recording (don't miss the sound file in French). The English version of this letter follows, just below. Where to find Mas des Brun Wines? Thanks to those of you who have... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Chris, At first I could not tell where the poem ended and your words began. I count my lucky stars I got to meet you, and put a beautiful face to the tender and soulful words I read here. Thank you, and to all who take the time to comment here. As I read the notes above, I thank my lucky stars once more, for all the kind words!
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Whoops and thanks. (Two of the sentences were divided in two :-)
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Today's bilingual post was inspired by Douglas's comment in a post called Papillon. Douglas shared the following recipe for beauty, adding it was from " Sam Levenson (although often attributed to Audrey Hepburn because she enjoyed reading it to her children)". Listen to our daughter read these sage words in French.... TODAY'S WORD: bichonner : to pamper... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Good to see this, Kris. Do you have any news from Bernard? Please send him a warm bonjour!
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Thank you, Hawi! This message (and another you recently left) really cheers me! Enjoy your weekend.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2017 on papillon at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Peace and quiet outside the Relais Odeon Bistro in Paris. Sit down and enjoy a slice of pie--just don't fling it at anybody.... TODAY'S EXPRESSION: clouer le bec : to shut somebody up French listening tip: do you hear "le" in this French sentence? * * * "Le Bec ( the beak) has lots of uses in... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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I am turning over today's post to my husband, Jean-Marc, who has written a commentary in French (with an English translation) on Sunday's French presidential election. (Photos from yesterday's walk in Calanque de Port-Miou, Cassis. For more photos, follow here on Instagram.) TODAY'S WORD: Laisser le champ libre à quelqu'un : to leave the field free for... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Aaron, We are currently in transition and have not organized any tastings here at our home.
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Herm, The market at Vincents is actually on Sunday (there was a mistake in the announcement). Many thanks for going to get some Mas des Brun!
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Thank you, Julia! So good to hear this. What wonderful motivation to keep on truckin here. Thank you for reading and for this shout-out.
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I am the last person to say...you know...today's word (in English or in French). Blame it on this little boat! If you are new here, don't worry, it is rare that a word deemed "vulgar" is featured. But the past year has had a loosening effect (we are unmooring and moving on, or trying to) and not... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Pierre, We do not have a storefront and are not open for drop-by visits or purchases. Occasionally we organize wine-tastings or meetups. These have been put on hold as we are in the middle of selling our vineyard. Thanks for your understanding.
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Haha, Cyn! See you soon 😘😘
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Thank you for the kindest words, to those who have commented. And Alice and Judy, thanks for the info on Wilkinson Swords! I have been enjoying the Wikipedia entry and will make the correction in my blog https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilkinson_Sword
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A "liste des courses" spotted at our local supermarché...where pick-up artists and good Samaritans operate. Read on. TODAY'S WORD: se faire draguer or se faire brancher : to get hit on brancher une nana = to hit on a girl CLICK HERE to listen to the following example sentence Ah bon? Tu t'es fait draguer au supermarché?... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Lee, I hope to see you again, too-gand your daughter. Chances are we will be here (in France) . Re agrumes, to me it means citrus. Does anyone reading have any other examples? Is it a generic term?
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Hi, Sheila, We signed the promise to sell (our home and vineyard) last December. But many conditions must be met before the transaction goes through. Meantime, we signed a promise to buy a house in La Ciotat--contingent on whether or not our place sells. We remain in limbo, waiting for the bureaucracy--and timing--to decide our fate!
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Thank you, Glenda. I hope to do a photo book one day! And I really appreciate your telling your French conversation group about my journal. Bonjour à tous!
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Corinne, Thank you for your thoughtful note. We are doing good and, if we sell, will be in good shape. We both continue our day jobs (this blog is my full-time job), and Jean-Marc takes care of the vineyard and works in Marseilles every other week. For those readers who enjoy this word journal and want to support my work, I have put up a donation link in the right-hand column. Thanks very much for your interest.
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