The Language of Love

In the United States, we pull petals off daisies: "loves me, loves me not." In France, where hairs are not split, but coupés en quatre (cut in quarters), plucking marguerites has seven choices: Il...
Avenue de Champagne

Read the Signs: Avenue de Champagne

One of the most famous streets in France, the Avenue de Champagne is located in Épernay, in the Grand Est region of France. The name originates from the many renowned champagne houses alongside, with names such as Moët Chandon, Mercier, Pol Roger, Perrier-Jouët...
Lac d'Annecy, as seen from above

CILFA in Annecy: The Best French Language Schools

A small class size and professional instructors ensures a top-notch French immersion in beautiful Annecy.
Noël

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...

Book Reviews: Other Cats to Whip

No matter the level of our French expertise, we’ve doubtless all committed linguistic faux pas, the effects of which range from mild embarrassment to hilarity. The authors of this super little book decided to capitalise...
"The Bonjour Effect"

Book Reviews: The Bonjour Effect

This fascinating and well-researched book offers an invaluable insight into the rules, codes, eccentricities and etiquette of French conversation. All of the traditional guidelines that we adhere to in normal English exchanges simply don’t apply when conversing in French, and where the most...

Cuisinez-vous le français? Learn French with Chef’s Recipes

It is not with nostalgia that the majority of Anglophones look back on the hours they spent learning French at school. As teenagers, we eagerly await the day when we will no longer be...
Immersion France, the app

Editor’s App Choice: Immersion France

Language learning in France is big news (it’s the second most widely learned language in the world), bringing in thousand of visitors to the country. Estimates show that more than 130,000 students and foreigners arrive each year in...
Passeport pour les langues & French Summer Classes

Passeport pour les langues & French Summer Classes

Some places you will just visit in passing. Cannes is among those you will keep coming back to. So, it is no coincidence that Passeport pour les langues & French Summer Classes has chosen...
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....