Le Tour du Web: What We’re Reading This Week

Some not-to-miss stories coming out of France this week.
The River Nive weaves its way through Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in Pays Basque

Great Travel Destinations: French Basque Country

Europe’s best surfing, the chic coastal town of Biarritz, the proud Basque culture and language, the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees, even a ski resort… the French Pays Basque is one of France’s most varied and distinct...

Au Commissariat, at the Police Station: French Language and Etiquette

It’s been a rough morning for Françoise Giordano from FastTrackFrench.com, whose bag was pilfered at the local café. She heads down to the police station to report it stolen. LE POLICIER: Puis-je vous aider, Mademoiselle? FRANÇOISE:...
a vintage postcard from the Paris Puces

My Life in Paris: Lost in Translation

It was summertime and the learning was easy in the tiny classroom in the village-like Paris neighbourhood of Butte-aux-Cailles. Everything felt possible – not only conversing with my grouchy neighbourhood fromager, but also winning him over with some fluent...

Le Dernier Mot: That Girl Friday Nonsense

The latest column from the founder of the popular French-Word-a-Day blog.

Alliance Française in the US Finds Success in Online Learning

When schooling changed to online for most of the world due to strategies to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the Alliance Française chapters did the same with their French language classes and events. The result...

French Culture: Etiquette Tips for Travellers

We look at the minefield of manners and social mores l’Apéro The French apéritif, or apéro for short, is one of the very building blocks of French social life, an important signal of the end...

Editor’s App Choice: busuu, Learn French for Free

First things first: this language-learning app, busuu, is free to download and use, and so its merits and failings should be assessed from a viewpoint of cost-efficiency. The concept of matching photos with words...

Le Dernier Mot: Sirène Again!

Thanks to her hubby, fish-out-of-water Kristin Espinasse rediscovers the joys of swimming As a child growing up in the Arizona desert I never missed an opportunity to swim. A broken limb could not keep me...

Le Dernier Mot: Saperlipopette

The popular author behind "French Word a Day" explores the French use of expletives and grapples with her own kids...