Back to School on the Riviera: Institut de Français in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Eighty students, 19 nationalities, and 8 hours a day of intensive French language instruction – these are only a few of the factors that have drawn diplomats, politicians, and Francophiles (like me) from around...

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:...

Not Your Typical Classroom: Live and Learn en Provence

If you want to learn French, properly, you will need to put some work in, but, as Dominic Bliss discovered, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself at the same time This is not your...

Le Dernier Mot: Desperately Seeking… Dessert

Kristin Espinasse discovers her new city is missing one crucial thing: its own culinary speciality As we settle into our new life here in La Ciotat, I am eager to learn even more about our...
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Le Dernier Mot: The Real Meaning of Noël

Our daughter got a head start on the holiday season by writing her liste de voeux during November. Since then, she’s taken every available opportunity to remind us just what it is that she...

Interview with Janet Hulstrand, Author of “Demystifying the French”

Travelling to France and baffled by the cultural code? Keen for insights even as a long-time expatriate? Pick up a new book by Janet Hulstrand-- writer, editor, writing coach, teacher, and France Today contributor--...

À La Plage, At the Beach: French Language & Etiquette

Françoise Giordano from FastTrackFrench.com heads to the beach with friends to beat the summer heat, and makes plans to celebrate Bastille Day in style... Chez Françoise... FRANÇOISE: Je vais préparer une grosse salade de tomates avec...

Happy Halloween: French Language & Etiquette

C’est Halloween! And Françoise Giordano from FastTrackFrench.com is getting ready to celebrate, starting with a spot of pumpkin carving with the kids FRANÇOISE: On va commencer par creuser les citrouilles! Toi, Romain tu dessines les...
Author Kristin Espinasse

Le Dernier Mot: La Guerre des Roses

Perched on the edge of the bed, I’m putting on my make-up. It’s 10.30am and the washing machine is already whirling away. In the next room, I’ve hung out the previous load on theétendoir....
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Le Dernier Mot: Fuzzy Dice at the French Auto Parts Store

There I am, wandering aimlessly through an auto-parts store, killing time. I have come here to pick up a repaired pneu, but the man behind the counter has told me it’s not ready yet and has asked me...