Catherine Vedder Zumba

A Perfect Match: Practice French with Online Zumba en Français

Zumba is a popular Latin dance-based fitness class that can burn 600+ calories a session. Learning French is a constant for many who attend online Alliance Française French classes or use other French learning...

Leaping Lizards! Fun French Words About Animals

We use lots of different words to describe groups of animals. It’s a flock of sheep but a herd of cattle. A pride of lions but a gaggle of geese. A litter of puppies...

Le Dernier Mot: Excuse Me, May I Kiss You?

To bise, or not to bise? That is the question on Kristin’s (and many others’) lips this month... Two Sundays ago, my plans to sneak out of church were foiled when I ran smack into...

Le Dernier Mot: Exit Strategy

Party all night or absquatulate? Kristin schools us in the art of taking French leave The first time I did a so-called ‘French leave’ was by accident. At 12 years old, I snuck out of...
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Lessons from Alliance Française: How to Make Online French Classes Successful

The world of learning went online with the pandemic, including U.S. Alliance Française French classes. Just like their peers at public and private schools and colleges, the staff at every Alliance Française had to...
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French Language Lessons Move Online with Alliance Française USA

Schools around the world have moved to teaching online, and Alliance Française (AF) USA chapters have done the same with their French lessons, many for the first time. The goal is to rester en...

How to Celebrate 50 Years of Francophonie with Alliance Française USA

March is Francophonie Month, but the official celebration starts March 20, designated as International Francophonie Day. Because it’s the 50th year of feting this event, the Organization International de la Francophonie (OIF) will celebrate...

Le Dernier Mot: Odd Woman Out

Kristin takes a deep breath after discovering her dream chalet has turned into a ‘man-tuary’ Last spring my husband and I bought a tiny chalet in the Alps after imagining the pleasure of living in...

Le Dernier Mot: Wait a Minute Mr Postman

The unlikely 9,000-mile journey that led two volunteer posties to Kristin Espinasse’s door Around noon, when the sonnette rang, I peeked out the window and saw two people at our front gate. They must be...

Le Dernier Mot: Crowning Glory

Kristin Espinasse dreams up ways to properly couronner an award-winning body of water Having shared with you the beauty of our lively port city, La Ciotat, there is now one more thing to shout about:...