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Kristin Espinasse
France
Keeping up, via French words, a 20-year chronicle of our family life here in France.
Interests: Faith, writing, good food
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Thank you, Stacy. Thinking of you, always 💕
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My Mom and her fish purse at our farmer's market. Photo taken 4 years ago, when Jules moved to France. In Summer reading: From Moulin Rouge to Gaudi's City by E.J. Bauer Today's Words: Fellowship 1. camaraderie (companionship, company) 2. confrérie (brotherhood, friary) Bonus Word: Homebody : pantouflard(e) (from "pantoufle" or slipper) FRENCH SOUND FILE: Click below to hear Jean-Marc pronounce the French words in today's post. Then scroll down to the vocabulary section to check your French comprehension. Click here for the audio clip A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse Tergiverser—now there’s an amusing word to begin with. It means to hem and haw, to sit on the fence, to remain undecided, and Undecided is my middle name! Just when I was debating about whether I should get out of bed and get to the farmers market and the fish market before la foule, a certain passage in a book I was reading lifted me up and out the door, d'un seul coup! If inspiration is the vehicle that gets us moving forward, then reflection may be the key to what makes us tick. Sometimes we have to wonder why it is we do what we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2022 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Rob, for the correction, and for the fun terms in your follow up note! Off to correct ce bordel!
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Eileen, JM will be happy to know you like his recordings. I love that you repeat the words! Re the hedges, can you believe it?! Max caught a guy and asked him: “Just what do you think you are doing?” The guy answered: “Just watering the plants!”
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Tristan, I will definitely give him that kiss for you. Smokey is doing well, and still loves to walk and play ball. He’s always showing up for a treat (cold bananas are a summer favorite of his).
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Kitty, I had a doubt when I used *worse*, and am glad you brought it up. I am not sure if it is American usage, (I doubt it). Also, thanks for the compliment, but it is your colorful comments that I find so delightful. Merci!
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K.J., This is a great idea. What holds me back is the idea of packing and organizing it all. But it would be worth the effort!
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Hi Shirley, Thank you for trying and for allowing me to clarify here. I am at Bank of America and registered there to use Zelle via my email address. If you are at B of A, or another bank that offers Zelle transfers, then this will work, as I have received reader donations via Zelle before. You will need to look for the Zelle logo in your online banking, then enter my email address for the recipient: Kristin.espinasse@gmail.com Merci encore for your interest in supporting my journal!
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Oh, Sheryl, my heart goes out to you. Sweet Mulligan will be missed this side of the ocean, too. I love the cheerful image of him running with the butterflies. Sending hugs and love. 💕🐾💕🐾
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Thank you, Rina. My mom keeps it watered and that is making a big difference.
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Thanks for these ideas, Elaine. Many of the neighbors have tall concrete walls along the street side of their property.
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Thank you for your kind note and for the term bondé. I will add it to my repertoire! Blindé is used by my family, and may be a southern French term? See the fourth entry here, at wordreference.com: https://www.wordreference.com/fren/blindé
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An almost 13-year-old Smokey, keeping cool in the garden. It's a good thing he can't hear so well these days, as the streets just beyond those hedges are loud at the start of summer. Read on in today's bruyante update. TODAY'S FRENCH EXPRESSION: blindé 1. jam-packed, full (of people) 2. loaded (with money) blindé de monde = crowded, full of people In books: Travels Through the French Riviera: An Artist’s Guide to the Storied Coastline, from Menton to Saint-Tropez FRENCH SOUND FILE: Click below to hear Jean-Marc pronounce the French words in today's post. Then scroll down to the vocabulary section to check your French comprehension. Click here for the audio file A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE, by Kristi Espinasse Over lunch on our terrasse, we were discussing the busy summer season here in the south of France when my family used some colorful words and expressions to describe la foule passant.... “C’est la folie!” my belle-sœur said, of the crowded beaches in Marseilles. So packed you have to move your beach bag to make room for a stranger to set down their towel. Forty-five minutes east, in La Ciotat, “C’est le bordel!” Max seconded, pouring some chilled rosé... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2022 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Gretchen, It would be a pleasure to meet you and Bob. I will send you an email and we can confirm. A bientôt, Kristi
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One of the many "points d'eau" Jean-Marc talks about in his update, below. The English version follows and the entire story is available on sound file, below. Today's French Word: "le défi" : challenge, dare Sound File: Click below to listen to Jean-Marc read his story. Note: Jean-Marc repeats a few of the sentences in this long recording (where an error was made). Click here for the audio File JEAN-MARC'S UPDATE IN FRENCH Dans deux semaines, je vais parcourir une des plus belles randonnées d'Europe : Le fameux GR20. Ce magnifique sentier traverse la Corse en diagonale, partant au Nord Ouest de cette "l'île de beauté" (Calenzana) pour arriver au Sud Est, à Conca. La plupart de cet itinéraire est en haute montagne avec une incroyable diversité de flore composée de chênes, châtaignier et le maquis Corse, de faune et même au mois de Juin, il est fréquent de traverser des névés surtout dans la partie Nord du parcours. Je pars randonner avec mon meilleur ami, Nicolas, avec qui j'ai lié mon amitié pour la vie suite à un voyage inoubliable en mobylette à travers la Corse, alors que nous avions tout juste 15 et 16 ans. L'année dernière, pour... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2022 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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A café in Paris. A bit of a coffee theme in today's story, so we'll pair that now with a picture taken years ago in Montmartre. TODAY'S FRENCH EXPRESSION: "avoir le déclic" : to have an aha moment, a lightbulb moment FRENCH SOUND FILE: Click below to hear Jean-Marc pronounce the French words in today's post. Then scroll down to the vocabulary section to check your French comprehension. Click here for the audio clip A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE, by Kristi Espinasse I will never forget the time the true meaning to an English word jumped from a French page. It was Christmas at our vignoble near the Drôme and a children's storybook was concise enough for me to pause amidst the holiday flurry and read to the kids. Only, as soon as the lecture began a certain mot moved me to tears. Fast forward 11 years and one more vineyard later... My husband and I are going through another phase, and for this we have been talking a lot to each other. These causeries are encouraging, difficult, relaxing, and sometimes funny. Especially amusing is how each time Jean-Marc says the word "express" (a recurring term lately) it conjures... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2022 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Cistus flowers high up in one of France's most blossoming villages. Don't miss all the colorful photos in this edition, click over to the blog for the full post. TODAY'S WORD: "alentours" : surroundings, vicinity FRENCH SOUND FILE: Click the link to hear Jean-Marc pronounce the French words in today's post. Then scroll down to the vocabulary section to check your French comprehension. Click here for the audio clip A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse Jean-Marc has not been feeling well again, so our plans for a two-day escapade were up in the air last Friday. When finally we could not decide either way what to do, we just did. Typing this now my husband’s old saying comes back to me: Mieux vaut une mauvaise décision que pas de décision du tout. Better a bad decision than no decision at all. A change of scenery turned out to be une bonne décision. One thing to love about France is how quickly the landscape changes in so little space. An hour east of La Ciotat, and we were entering Le Lavandou (the word reminds me of “soft lavender” for the way it is pronounced). No lavender fields here,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2022 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Haha! You will get there, Gary. Il faut persévérer. Then again, it may be as Marshall pointed out: a question of whether the expression is directed as often toward men.
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Those wildflower seeds loved the terroir in Sainte Cécile, where we lived for a time. TODAY'S WORD: "terroir" : soil, region; "somewhereness" FRENCH SOUND FILE: Click the link to hear Jean-Marc pronounce the French words in today's post. Then scroll down to the vocabulary section to check your French comprehension. Listen closely to the vocabulary list A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse You have probably stumbled across the word terroir (especially if you are a wine lover) and have a notion as to what it means. But, lately, this earthy term is taking on even more significance, helping to clarify just what it is I love about France. And it’s more than the food, more than the architecture, more than French dirt! A synonym for terroir is "somewhereness". J'aime ça. My husband, a former vigneron, says a complete definition of terroir (beyond the region in which the grapes are grown and the soil) would include the history of a place and even the winemaker. Mais bien sûr! It is also le facteur humain that describes our strong attraction to France. I love the way French women of all ages stroll arm-in-arm, or "bras dessus bras dessous". At... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2022 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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May 13, 2022
Hi Sarah, re passer inaperçu, I noticed that too, when JM recorded the sound file. But in my story, I use the words differently (for that, the sound of them should be: pass in aah per sue
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Thank you, Sue. Going to correct that now. :-)
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Thank you, ML. That is it! Caltagirone. I could not remember the name and appreciate your follow up. Bon week-end.
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Thank you so much, Jeanine. What a compliment! I have enjoyed all the interesting comments and stories here today, and am so grateful. P.S. The very scripture you mention is one I have been referring to lately, too. Like you, I am working on positive thinking during these times. Bonne continuation 💕
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Thank you, John. Off to fix it. Much appreciated!
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