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Anne Elizabeth
Sacramento, CA - USA
Educator, writer, translator.
Interests: French, France, Haiti, The Ivory Coast, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, teaching, learning, dictionaries, glossaries, vocabulary, verb conjugation, psychology, travel, study abroad, work abroad, translation, interpreting, reading, writing, MICEFA, Erasmus. ------------------- Le français, la France, le Haïti, la Côte d'Ivoire, le Canada, la Belgique, la Suisse, l'enseignement, l'apprentissage, les dictionnaires, les glossaires, la psychologie, les voyages, les études à l'étranger, le travail à l'étranger, la traduction, l'interprétariat, la lecture, l'écriture, MICEFA, Erasmus...
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This blog is moving! Novel French Learning New content coming soon! I hope to see you there! Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Novel French Learning
Hi Cathy. I'm glad you like the song! Please be aware that this blog is moving to: New content coming soon!
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2011 on la Môme Piaf at Novel French Learning
Glad you liked it!
Yes! Regular practice is essential with language. French radio is very helpful, but often overwhelming for those starting out. I need to check out more online radios, but I do mention some audio resources in this post:
As I said in the "Read Me" page, I try to post links to native French-language sites. I think that this is one of the best ways to practice French, but occasionally there is an English site that's just too good to pass up. Tex's French Grammar is an American... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at Novel French Learning
Okay, so this grammar point maybe isn't convoluted enough to deserve to be labeled a "saga." Last week, in this post about super-spies and couch potatoes, we talked about the fact that "qui" refers to the subject of a sentence while "que" refers to the object - regardless of whether... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at Novel French Learning
This question comes up a lot with students. Just what on earth is the difference between "qui" and "que"? It's really very simple - "Qui" is CEO of a multi-billion dollar, international corporation; president of a country that is a major player on the world stage; and also a super-spy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2011 at Novel French Learning
(Image courtesy Wikipedia) On January 12, 2010 Haiti was devastated by an earthquake which struck near its capital, Port-au-Prince. A year has gone by, the one year anniversary has passed, and it is easy to forget. But it's important not to forget. Haiti has a long way to go to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2011 at Novel French Learning
Okay, I confess, today's post breaks all the rules. This video is not from a francophone country and it barely has any French in it, but it's funny and today's Friday and it being Velentine's week, this seems appropriate. If anyone ever asks you why you're studying French, you can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Novel French Learning
Je t'aime, tu m'aimes, il m'aime. Vous l'aimez... bref tout le monde s'aime... Ah ! C'est beau l'amour ! « Je t'envoie mon cœur dans un baiser. » Anatole France « Voici mon cœur qui ne bat que pour vous. » Paul Verlaine « Un baiser, qu'est-ce ? Un serment... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Novel French Learning
Today one of my Harry Potter workshops is starting (if you don't know what I'm talking about, check out the Sacramento or San Francisco page) and I thought it would be appropriate to practice our French today with a little Harry Potter. So, we're returning to TV5. Yup, I told... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at Novel French Learning
Isn't it though? And I almost never run into someone who has it on their list. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
(Photo courtesy Wikipedia) Ah Paris! The Eiffel Tower. Notre Dame. The Louvre. If you're planning a trip to Paris, I'm sure you're planning to visit these world-famous sites and for good reason. I love them too, but let's not forget that there's more to Paris than the largest iconic tourist... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Novel French Learning
Indochine est un groupe de rock français, issu du courant new wave, formé en 1981. Il a connu un succès relativement important dans les années 1980, puis dans les années 2000 et encore aujourd'hui, en France mais aussi dans le reste de l’Europe, au Pérou et dans la Francophonie. Après... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Novel French Learning
Last week I talked about learning French online - using resources about favorite pastimes and hobbies to pick up vocabulary as well as a sense of how French is really used (both well and poorly) in day-to-day life. The vocabulary you can pick up from these excursions into French websites... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at Novel French Learning
RFI - Radio France Internationale - is an excellent online resource for listening comprehension. Not does the primary page provide new stories and links to radio programs which can be accessed online, but also offers some excellent language-learning resources. The RFI homepage: Learn French: Accueil Langue Française One... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Novel French Learning
On February 2nd 2008 Nicolas Sarkozy, who was then and is now, president of France, caused a bit of controversy among his countrymen by marrying model, songwriter, and singer Carla Bruni. From the French Wikipedia article: Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi, née italienne le 23 décembre 1967 à Turin (Italie), est... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at Novel French Learning
Yesterday we looked at crochet - today we're going to balance things out a bit by looking at martial arts. For starters: martial arts = les arts martiaux (m) The Wikipedia article: Art Martial In this article we learn all sorts of vocab such as: un sport de combat =... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at Novel French Learning
Crochet is not, perhaps, the most popular hobby, but I have a certain fondness for crochet. My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a child and anytime I crochet anything new (or discover some old unfinished crochet project) I think of her. Yesterday we talked about turning our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at Novel French Learning
The easiest, quickest, and most effective way to learn a language is to pick up and move to a country that speaks it. Once in a sink-or-swim situation you'd be surprised at how well you can swim. Unfortunately, this is not always practical. Given this reality, we look for ways... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2011 at Novel French Learning
As a francophone or francophile, you have surely heard of the Alliance Française. The Alliance Française is a not-for-profit organization that exists to encourage knowledge of French language and culture around the world. As the website for the Paris Alliance Française says: Qu’est ce qu’une Alliance française ? Chaque Alliance... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Novel French Learning
Thank you! I wish you were in my area too! In any case, I'm glad that you are enjoying the blog! And maybe Anne Elizabeth's Novel Workshops will make it to your area someday!
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2011 on Sacramento at Novel French Learning
Sheer poetry! But I'm glad you like her. I like her too. :)
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2011 on la Môme Piaf at Novel French Learning
The most famous French singer of all time, Edith Piaf needs no introduction, but I'll give her one anyway. From the French Wikipédia: Édith Piaf née Édith Giovanna Gassion (le 19 décembre 1915 à Paris - morte le 10 octobre 1963 à Grasse) est une chanteuse française de music-hall et... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at Novel French Learning
Attendre – does not mean “to attend.” Don’t even think it. Also, note that in English you wait “for” someone, but you do not add “pour” to the corresponding French phrase. “J’attends mon ami.” Entendre = to hear. Écouter = to listen. These are not the same verb! Prétendre –... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at Novel French Learning