French Word of the Week: Allure

A nuanced characteristic that embodies far more than "magnetism."
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...
Space Invader at Rue du Temple in Paris

Read the Signs: Rue du Temple in Paris

It is one of the oldest streets in Paris, running 1,335 metres and linking Rue de Rivoli and Place de la République. Rue du Temple is named after the Knights Templar, who set up their headquarters in Paris in 1140, building a...

Speed Vocabulaire

The linguistic equivalent to "speed dating" is a great way to master the art of French conversation.
Pauline Carmona, Consul General of France, with Gabrielle Durana, Founder of EFBA

Learn French in San Francisco: France “Knights” Gabrielle Durana of EFBA

In recognition of her success in promoting French language and culture, Gabrielle Durana has been named Chevalier (knight) of the Order des Palmes Académiques. Durana is the founder and president of Education Francaise of...

Golfing in France – a glossary of terms

As anyone familiar with golf will already know, there is a whole world of vocabulary associated with it. Fortunately, some of it will still sound familiar in French. From the various clubs de golf to...

Le Dernier Mot: Milking the Breakfast Bar

When Jean-Marc hits the all-you-can-eat buffet, our correspondent hides behind the pancakes...

Editor’s App Choice: busuu, Learn French for Free

First things first: this language-learning app, busuu, is free to download and use, and so its merits and failings should be assessed from a viewpoint of cost-efficiency. The concept of matching photos with words...