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Kristin Espinasse
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One of these tourterelles landed on Smokey's back. You notice so much when you slow down. Today's phrase: rester dans les parages : to stick around Coucou, Dear Reader, This journal has gone on break. I have many more French words and stories to share with you, so please stick around. I assure you I'm not going anywhere and, apparently, neither are my words which aren't flowing at the moment. I suppose I could get out my whip and make them fill this page but that is what I usually do. Meantime... A break = to quit doing what you usually do. Une pause = arrêter de faire ce qu'on fait d'habitude. I will check in with you in June. In the meantime please take care and rester dans les parages. (les parages = vicinity). I wouldn't want to lose you or this wonderful job, which is all thanks to you and I appreciate that very much. Amicalement, Kristi Mom was taking this picture when she noticed all the dots of light beneath the hat. The piercing rays were leaving a pattern on my face, splashes of light which looked to Mom like a kind of text or script...maybe even... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2021 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Lynne, I love your phrase about those trees *which house all manner of avian wonderfulness* 💕
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Very sorry to hear this Adrienne. 💔
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Hi Kathleen, Thank you for sharing all the birds in your garden. Wow! So many different types. Enjoy your evening out with Dean. Happy Mother’s Day!
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Hello Diana, I am so touched by your note. Thank you! You are going to love having a golden retriever. Excellent choice! Smokey (who turns 12 in August) sends his very best. He has a full time job now (looking after my Mom (who is doing great). Our memoir is finished, but it is not ready to print. We are waiting for a response from an agent. Fingers crossed. Sending lots of love, Kristi
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Chris, Thank you for such encouraging words. And bravo for saving that squirrel. Everything must have happened so quickly!
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Passante, Thank you for the translated poem. Wonderful! Re the photo, I did not take that one, and missed the opportunity to photograph the visiting hoopoe after leaving my phone inside. Grrr!
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Thanks, Rhonda, I had to go back and look. That is funny!
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Un gabian strutting across the table on our front porch. Read to the end for all the useful French words and expressions. Today's Word: s'envoler : to fly away, to take flight; to take off, to be blown away Hear Jean-Marc read the following in French and in English. Si tu te sers de la liberté en échange d'autre chose, comme l'oiseau, elle s'envolera. If you use freedom in exchange for something else, like the bird, it will fly away. --Gao Xingjian (émigré to Paris, Nobel Prize for literature) A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse "Freedom is for the birds." That's a funny title for today's musing, given "for the birds" means anything from "worthless" to "not important". No wonder birdwatching is less popular these days than surfing the net or social etiquette or wearing the right dress (stuff I think about. More about that later). Mysteriously, the moment I chose "birds" as the subject of today's post...the most exotic oiseau in Provence paid a visit to our garden! I had just sat down for a solo lunch on our front porch, which overlooks the wild garden when I recognized those white and black zebra wings and... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2021 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hi Ian, I love it that you learned an American word in today’s post. Thank you for the English equivalent. Woodlouse is a good synonym (even if the second half of the word is a little itchy!)
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Bonjour Mary Elizabeth, Thank you. It is wonderful to have you with us. Bienvenue!
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A scene from Cousine Sabine's, where we enjoyed Sunday's "cousinade" or family reunion. The horse is an Irish cob. Today's Word: un abreuvoir : watering hole, drinking bowl, trough, birdbath, fountain Click here to listen to Jean-Marc read in French and in English Study the sentence below, then click on the following sound file to hear the French and English On peut conduire un cheval à l'abreuvoir, mais non le forcer à boire. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse I was in our chicken pen, refilling the water bowl and collecting the "oeuf du jour" when I had an inspiration: Go over and flip the straw bale! that inner voice whispered. "Come here, Edie," I said to my chicken and the two of us headed over to a knee-high botte de paille. Ready? Flip! And there, on the underside of the humid mass, the potato bugs were teeming! Dozens of them! What a feast my little hen would have! "Go on Edie! Eat! Bon appétit!" Edie approached the writhing wall of insects and cocked her head, left, right, left...and her pupils dilated as she... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2021 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hello Margo, Thank you for buying our book and for your thoughtful suggestions. There used to be a pronunciation key, but I did not always get it right, and discontinued it (before leading anyone astray). As for the possibility of hearing the example text while seeing the words, this requires a technical know-how that I do not have. At the moment, you will need to click back to the previous screen as soon as the sound file appears. If you are reading on a smartphone, I am not sure how to switch back to the text, but if you are on a desktop computer, you may click between screens. I hope to find a solution to this issue.
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Thank you, Hazel! I had a doubt about this word. Your note is most helpful and your words about our book mean a lot. Merci!
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Hello Becky, Thank you for this helpful addition and for your kind words. Sending warmest wishes to you in Portland.
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Thank you very much, Sally. I appreciate this! After your purchase, I will write you a note asking for the recipients information and any special instructions you might have.
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Mille mercis encore to your son, Armand, who I just learned is 15, for such helpful and needed corrections in French!
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Excellent! Thank you, Carmen! Such an important word, I can’t believe It is missing from the first paragraph. Not anymore!
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Excellent. Thanks again to you and your son!
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Thanks, Shelly! I will mention this!
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Thank you, Andrew, for your feedback on our book!
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