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“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about,Truman Capote
but the music the words make.”
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Browsing the apps on my iPhone, I stumbled across the Google Translate App and I am loving it!Thank God, it is far from perfect (long live human translation! Translators are not obsolete… yet…) but great fun to play with!With 2.3k users around the world and 103 languages you can translate between, this is an appContinue reading “Google Translate Mobile App Review”
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!”
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”
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 !!!”
When asked about difficult words to translate, “you” would most certainly not top your list! However… As you will hear in this excellent video from Krystian Aparta, translating the simple pronoun “YOU” is not always as easy as it sounds!! It’s actually often impossible to accurately translate “you” without knowing more about the situation whereContinue reading “Ted-Ed: on the difficulty in translating “you”!”
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!”
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!”
Let me introduce you to Paul Taylor. Paul is English. He grew up in France, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. He now lives in Paris and quit a job at Apple in order to perform stand-up comedy in both English and French. He created, wrote and starred his own show on Canal+ called “What theContinue reading “The deliciously and politically incorrect french-bashing Mr Taylor”
This week, I am passing on an excellent article from the Embassy of France in Wellington on 17 (good) reasons to learn French. If you have another good reason, feel free to add it in the comments below! 1. Learning one language is not enough In today’s world, speaking one foreign language isContinue reading “17 (good) reasons to learn French”
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