Bonne fête ! Happy Name Day!

Did you know that in France, every day of the year has one or more saint’s name(s) assigned to it? The custom originated with the Christian calendar of saints. In the past, a child would be named (either first name or middle name) after the name of the catholic saint of the day when theyContinue reading “Bonne fête ! Happy Name Day!”

La bise 101

Most people know or have heard of “la bise” as a French form of greeting. But what is “la bise” exactly and most importantly, how does it work? If you are one of the many people left discombobulated by the mysterious Gallic custom, read ahead! First things first, who on earth came up with suchContinue reading “La bise 101”

Le retour des bons points !!!

Ah les bons points, que de bons souvenirs…. C’était le siècle dernier (eh oui, cela ne nous rajeunit pas), mais comme je les attendais avec impatience ces bons points quand j’étais à  l’école primaire. Même s’il est vrai que je passais plus de temps sous le bureau de la maîtresse qu’à trier ma collection deContinue reading “Le retour des bons points !!!”

40 useful French text message abbreviations

Call me old(-fashioned) but I just cannot get into abbreviating what I type! So, yes, it takes me for-e-ver…. When I see my kids’ texts, I am just amazed at this whole new language they seem to be using with such ease! And I feel very very old(-fashioned)… So here is a list of commonContinue reading “40 useful French text message abbreviations”

11 useful websites to learn/teach French!

  Whether you are learning French or teaching the “langue de Molière”, you probably have found yourself in the situation of trying to find some cool and useful websites to assist you with your French. And if you indeed have, then you probably know how frustrating this process can be!! So many places to look,Continue reading “11 useful websites to learn/teach French!”

2015 French new words – Les nouveaux mots français 2015

Le Petit Larousse et Le Petit Robert sont deux des dictionnaires français les plus populaires. The Petit Larousse and Petit Robert are two of the most popular French dictionaries.   Comme chaque année, ces dictionnaires ont accueilli des centaines de nouveaux mots et nouvelles expressions. Like every other year, these dictionaries have welcomed hundreds ofContinue reading “2015 French new words – Les nouveaux mots français 2015”

Understanding the ASSIMIL method – Comprendre la méthode ASSIMIL

Did you know that the first ever ASSIMIL method was published in 1929, a mere 86 years ago? ASSIMIL is a French company that was founded by Alphonse Chérel in 1929. The company creates and published many language courses. With its first “sans peine” collection, the ASSIMIL method became successful thanks to its funny everyday lifeContinue reading “Understanding the ASSIMIL method – Comprendre la méthode ASSIMIL”

The 11th November in France: le jour du souvenir

In France, the 11th of November is a major national day and a remembrance day. This public holiday actually commemorates the Fête de la victoire which is when the Armistice was signed on the 11th of November 1918. And though it was originally a day to honour those who had served during the First WorldContinue reading “The 11th November in France: le jour du souvenir”

WIN my latest ASSIMIL French workbook! [Competition inside]

I am very proud and excited to announce the publishing of my latest book! Je suis fière de vous annoncer la publication de mon dernier ouvrage !   French for false beginners This easy-to-use workbook has been designed specifically for false beginners in French. It includes 200 fun-filled exercises (with answers) which follow a logicalContinue reading “WIN my latest ASSIMIL French workbook! [Competition inside]”

Le Forum, your French Bookshop in Australia

Do you know Le Forum? Because if you don’t, well, then, you should! Le Forum is a bookshop which was established in Fremantle in 2004. It is an independent bookstore dedicated to bring the best of French culture to Australia’s doorstep. All of their products are also accessible via their online-selling shop and available toContinue reading “Le Forum, your French Bookshop in Australia”