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 !!!”

Discover Paristique!

If you are planning a trip to Paris or just want to learn more about the City of Lights’ history, head to the very cool website called Paristique! Paristique is an interactive online map where each dot represents an urban element: a street, a square, a boulevard or a parvis (6,840 places in total). If youContinue reading “Discover Paristique!”

Don’t miss the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017!

The biggest  festival of French films outside of France! Now in its 28th year, the AF (Alliance Française) French Film Festival is the biggest film festival in Australia but also the biggest festival of French films outside of France. Last year, the AF offered 2,450 sessions nation-wide with  a programme comprising 48 movies! This festival isContinue reading “Don’t miss the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017!”

Off the Beaten Track: 8 cool things to do with kids in Paris

My friend Andrea called me last week to “pick my brain” about places of interest that she could visit and activities she could do with her three boys when visiting Paris next July. But not just the usual stuff! Something a bit more off the beaten track… As I started to browse the Internet findingContinue reading “Off the Beaten Track: 8 cool things to do with kids in Paris”

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”