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Kristin Espinasse
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This time of year while scaredy-cats are talking about hobgoblins, Jean-Marc introduces us to houblons...or Humulus Lupulus. On Tuesday he saw them with his very eyes in the historic quarter of Nice, France! Read on about this bois du diable and its relation to beer, in today's column. (Thank you, Eileen deCamp, for this beautiful photo!) un... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Aw. Thank you, Elisabeth!
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Thanks, Mom 💛😘☀️
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Hi, Christine, Thanks. The opening photo was taken in Brignoles. The last photo was. Taken in St-Cyr-sur-Mer.
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"Languages ​​are not neutral tools: they influence how we talk, think, and represent ourselves...." façon de parler : manner of speaking, way of speaking : so to speak Audio: listen to Jean-Marc read the opening sentence, in French: Facon de parler manner of speaking Façon de parler. Les langues ne sont pas des outils neutres : elles... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Harvesters sorting grapes at Château La Mascaronne. Though everyday life goes on, today's post being no exception, we pause to remember those who have suffered in the recent catastrophes. Jean-Marc and I join all vineyard owners in France, all who are in the wine business, all who are French, and all who are human, in extending our... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hello, Bruce, I am so happy to hear you like the chili. I made it again tonight, so we will have leftovers this weekend. As for basta, I hear it from time to time, from French speakers... but I believe it is Italian. I named my cold-be-gone recipe after it, to mean *enough! Scram! Get out of here!* -- in hopes the spicy chili would chase away la rhume, or la crève :-)
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Yesterday, we visited Chateau La Mascaronne. The estate, acquired by an American, Tom Bove, in 1999, extends over 100 hectares at the exit of the village of Luc, of which 45 hectares of vines are planted in hills and classified in the appellation Côtes de Provence. Careful to respect the typicity of the terroir, the estate offers... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Chère Natalia, thank you for introducing me to Wittgenstein! I loved learning about him and his studies on language and communication, and the very practical side of how this helps us lead happier lives! Here is a video I just watched (serendipitously narrated by a fan of Montaigne :-) that others might enjoy: https://youtu.be/pQ33gAyhg2c P.S That Whitman quote reminds me of you! 💛 Thanks to all who have taken the time to comment. What a joy to read your words!
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Thank you, Colette! From your comment on up, and to any which may come after, I am very grateful!
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One of my favorite French expressions? It's mettre toutes les chances de son côte. (photo: "We are what we are taught," taken when Smokey was a babe). Mettre toutes les chances de son côte : to put all chances on one's side, to stack all the odds in your favor Audio File: Listen to Jean-Marc read the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Leslie, Courage to you and thoughts and prayers to your Mom, in ICU. I am glad you encountered Albert, experienced this happiness, and shared the cheerful scene with us.
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Thank you very much Dave. So very touched to see this note from a longtime friend. Thank you who are reading for your kind and thoughtful comments all for keeping this a peaceful zone, full of good will here and beyond.
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Robbie, Thank you for mentioning St. Thomas and St. John and the islanders. I am so sorry you lost your home, and appreciate your taking the time to send this encouragement.
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Very much enjoyed the song by your daughter and son-in-law. Beautiful voice and video.
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I am busy looking up the term bénéfice du doute--all the while doubting this is the way to begin today's letter. I am numbed, saddened, and shaken by the carnage in Las Vegas, as well as by the hurricaines and earthquakes, and by more local terrorism. Two girls, cousins my daughter's age, were stabbed to death Sunday--at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Natalia, so good to read you got Lizs book too! Youve reminded me to order a copy. I am hoping to read more, with the Kindle, after a long period of readers block. For the last few years I have stuck to daily devotionals and not much more.
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Hi, Cindy, your example is correct. The way I have written is acceptable too, in spoken French. Next time I say this I will use your example, and impress my daughter :-)
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Patricia, this is serendipitous, and lovely to read these comments.
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Hi, Anne, Good question. So far I have not seen a French translation, but noticed Patricias book on the Amazon France site.
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Liz, your story is inspiring, and your book looks great! Here is the link for those who want to order in paperback or for Kindle: The Bitterest Wine: A novel about a French familys conflicting roles during the German Occupation of Provence and famous writers and poets who inspired resistance. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1517688167?ie=UTF8tag=mdj-20camp=1789linkCode=xm2creativeASIN=1517688167
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Kathleen, So glad to have you back with us!
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Liz, your comment about moving to France is inspiring, and your book looks so interesting. I'm including a link to it for those who want to order the paperback or download it via Kindle: The Bitterest Wine: A novel about a French family's conflicting roles during the German Occupation of Provence and famous writers and poets who inspired resistance. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1517688167?ie=UTF8&tag=mdj-20&camp=1789&linkCode=xm2&creativeASIN=1517688167
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