Le Dernier Mot: Affair of the Heart

More than two decades on, France and its people still make Kristin Espinasse’s heart skip a beat You have probably stumbled across the word terroir (especially if you are a wine lover) and have a...

Le Dernier Mot: Inside Job

An unlatched portillon opens the floodgates of Kristin Espinasse’s overactive imagination Returning home from my morning walk, I noticed my mom pacing in the garden. “Kristi,” she said. “The front gate was open.” The two...

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--...

Au Café: Learn French Language and Etiquette

Françoise Giordano de FastTrackFrench.com donne rendez-vous à son amie Charlotte dans un petit café à Hossegor. Mais elles n’arrivent pas à se décider... LE SERVEUR: Bonjour mesdames, installez-vous et je suis à vous dans 5...

Le Dernier Mot: La Génération Sandwich

Kristin Espinasse may have dreamed of an empty nest, but the universe had other plans... When my beau-père passed away two years ago, I knew it was a matter of time before my mother, now...

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...

Le Dernier Mot: Naked Ambition

A visit to a nudist’s paradise is no big deal – right? Kristin Espinasse reveals all... While renovating our home in La Ciotat, my husband and I decided to escape the dusty chaos by heading...

La Rentrée des Classes, Back to School: French Language & Etiquette

The first day back at school is off to a bad start for best friends Manon and Clara as they find out they’re in separate classes... Dialogue by Françoise Giordano from FastTrackFrench.com. MANON: Salut Clara. Est-ce...

Le Dernier Mot: That Which We Call a Rose…

What’s in a nickname? Kristin Espinasse was hoping hers would be something cool(er)! When I moved to France as a young woman from Arizona, my boyfriend introduced me to all his amis (and amies). I...

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...