Feel at Home “Au Café”: How To Order Coffee Like a French Native

Géraldine Lepère is the founder of Comme une Française, where she delivers French language and culture lessons to expats, visitors, and worldwide francophiles. So you’re in France and you don’t want to feel like a...

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...
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...

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...

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: An Exception to Every Rule

The first time I heard about “an exception to every rule” was in French class. Soon after, I would learn that the phrase goes far beyond grammar to encompass rules in everyday French life....

Chez le Coiffeur, At the Hair Salon: French Language & Etiquette

Françoise Giordano from FastTrackFrench.com heads down to the hair salon to freshen up her do, and gets some welcome advice about her styling… FRANÇOISE: Bonjour, Monsieur. J’ai rendez-vous à 14h pour me faire couper les...

France Through Its Words: 10 of the Best Literary Settings

In France, you are never too far from the setting of a novel. Dominic Bliss picks out 10 locations forever associated with some of the greatest stories ever told. ROUEN Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert Flaubert’s scathing...

Le Dernier Mot: Autumn’s Delights, A Ramble

"It looks like we will have tomatoes up into November!” I tell my husband, who has just pedalled back from the beach. I am excited by the findings in our garden, and motivated to do better each year....

Au Marché, At the Market: French Language & Etiquette

Françoise Giordano from FastTrackFrench.com pops down to the farmer’s market with her mother for a spot of shopping... FRANÇOISE: Bonjour Monsieur. LE MARCHAND: Bonjour Mademoiselle, je peux vous aider? FRANÇOISE: Oui. Je voudrais acheter des fruits de...