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Kristin Espinasse
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Agreed! *Hugs* is a warm and comforting ending.
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Passion for Provence: 22 Keys to La Belle Vie tells the tale of Americans Gayle and Ralph falling for France on their Mediterranean honeymoon and finally making it home—over two decades later. Part love story, part travel tale, part can-do, this humorous, spirited memoir will have you packing your bags for Provence for a sweet sojourn or possibly a longer stay. Recently, the book was featured on Chroniques Méditerranéenes, a French travel TV show about St. Rémy de Provence—the charming Provençal village where Gayle and her husband live. Order the ebook or the paperback. Worldwide distribution via Amazon. TODAY'S WORD: QUITTER 1. to leave, to quit, to exit 2. to give up, vacate, forsake, abandon SOUND FILE: Hear Jean-Marc read the following sentence in French Il faut se quitter souvent pour s'aimer toujours. We must leave each other often in order to love each other forever. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse I am fascinated with farewells (of the e-mail kind) when I'm not downright fussing over how to end my own courriels. Signing off after even the briefest note is cause for over-reflection and I sometimes stare for minutes at the blank screen before relying on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Audrey! I love that you send Valentines to each other. 💕
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Hugging you back Natalia. 💕 And a chocolate day it is!
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Thank you, Debra! Re *in myriad ways*... That sounds off to me, but then I have never used the word before. Appreciate your help!
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Thank you, Eileen. Happy Valentines weekend to you and Schuy. 💕
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Aha! This page gives an explanation: https://www.dictionary.com/e/how-do-you-use-the-word-myriad/ Thanks, Debra, for your comment which led to a fun discovery.
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Thanks, Joan. I wonder if both are correct?
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Love this, Janet. Congratulations you two. Yes, the beat goes on. 💕
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Tim, thank you for the smile!
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Wonderful reminder about age. And thanks, Bob!
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Jerry, This is the goal we are working towards, and your comment keeps me motived. Thank you!
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So helpful. Merci encore, Mike.
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Whoops. I did mean to write *OR coarse*. Were you thinking *of course*?
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Joyeuse Saint Valentin! That's Happy Valentine's Day in French. Photo: A "liste des courses" spotted at our local supermarché...where pick-up artists and good Samaritans operate. Don't miss today's vocabulary-packed story, below. TODAY'S WORD: se faire draguer or se faire brancher : to get hit on brancher une nana = to hit on a girl, to make a pass at a girl CLICK HERE to listen to the following example sentence Ah bon? Tu t'es fait draguer au supermarché? Oh really? You got hit on at the supermarket? Try Easy French Step-by-Step. Click here to view the book. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse "My Inner Hot Mama" While putting away groceries I reached for an item my husband had requested--pleased to have brought back the right ones. "Found you some rasoirs," I shouted to the man two rooms down. "A nice man helped me...." I added, smiling to myself and waiting for a reaction. Such plaisanterie is healthy in a marriage, n'est-ce pas? "Ah bon? Tu t'es fait draguer au supermarché?" Mr Two-Rooms-Down called back, feigning la jalousie. This time I snickered, remembering what a French woman told me two years ago, "At your age, you should... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hi Nina, thanks for checking. It was misspelled and I corrected it just after seeing Janets comment.
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Mille mercis to all who shared corrections! I have just updated the blog and am so grateful for your help and suggestions. Off to run errands with Mom. See you in the next edition. Get your red pens ready. Lynn, thank you very much for your concern. Your note reminded me to remind Jean-Marc of his upcoming rdv chez le dermato. So helpful. Merci.
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Keeping this French language journal going is a joyous struggle: there is joy in writing it and there is a struggle in maintaining it. Your help is not only appreciated--it keeps me employed. One very helpful way to support this site is to buy a book for a friend, via this link. Or scroll to the end of this post for other options. Now on to today's story, packed with useful French vocabulary in context. Enjoy and bonne lecture! Today's French Word: un boui-boui : a small, cheap restaurant, a greasy spoon Audio File: Click here to listen to Jean-Marc read in French: À Freeport, une île de l'archipel des Bahamas, je me suis arrêté pendant 10 minutes dans un petit boui-boui pour avaler des ailes de poulet. In Freeport, an island in the Bahamas archipelago, I stopped for 10 minutes in a small greasy spoon to woof down some chicken wings. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse A Quick Jaunt to the Bahamas from Miami? Quel Calvaire! *** All the mask-toting travelers at the airports in Miami, Marseilles, and Munich, made me ill-at-ease, but, apart from the coronavirus scare, our trip to Florida to visit our... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hi Neil, I so enjoyed your thoughs. Thank you for sharing your own experience with explaining our denomination here in France. Also, I see you found us via an internet search. I hope you will sign on to the weekly newsletter. This blog has gone out for 18 years and is the ongoing chronicle our our life in France. Would love to have you with us. Here is the signup link: https://app.feedblitz.com/f/?sub=969927 Amicalement, Kristin
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We are visiting our daughter in Miami, so I have prepared this re-run for you. I hope it makes you laugh! Photo taken at the beautiful Château de Pibarnon, where our story begins.... Today's Word: une bêtise : a mistake, something stupid, something foolish Improve your French pronunciation with the book Exercises in French Phonics Audio File: click here to listen to the following French: Faites des bêtises, mais faites-les avec enthousiasme. -Colette You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse Recently, Jean-Marc and I had the chance to help out with a French documentary about how France is seen abroad by the ones who love that country. A journalist was interested in hearing my story, after learning about our Franco-American life on a vineyard. There was one little pépin, though: we no longer live on a vineyard; thankfully this part was worked out when a kindly châtelain agreed to let us film chez lui. We arrived at Château de Pibarnon after sunrise Saturday morning, to meet up with Eric de Saint Victor and the film crew. As Eric had a flight leaving in the next few hours, we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2020 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Joan, this is indeed discouraging!
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Good reminder, Maria. Thank you! It reminds me of what happens when you forget to say, Bonjour Madame or Bonjour Monsieur here in France: you may be treated to a lesson 😂
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