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...

Le Dernier Mot: France Isn’t All That Bad!

Kristin Espinasse gets to the bottom of her daughter’s change of heart about La Belle France On the last day of our two-week holiday to the US, we huddled around the breakfast table in my...

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: A Passage to Corsica

Kristin Espinasse sets sail for the Isle of Beauty and navigates the pitfalls of on-board etiquette A friend recently messaged me explaining she was in the south of France and should she visit Corsica? Yes,...

Food for Thought: French Writers & the Pleasure of the Palate

“Cuisiner suppose une tête légère, un esprit généreux et un cœur large.” --Colette Hungry for just the right words, French writers have always been inspired by the pleasures of the palate. Here Lanie Goodman serves...