French Culture


Thanksgiving in France

Camille and I sometimes have students or friends from the US/Canada asking us about how we celebrate Thanksgiving in France. The short answer is "we don't" and that often comes to a them as a surprise...


How is Halloween celebrated in France? Learn French Vocabulary and Traditions

French people don't typically celebrate Halloween. In the 1990s, young international hipsters started to have costume parties for Halloween, and some bars and restaurants took up the trend as well (French people typically love costume parties, they are very popular for New Year's Eve or birthdays, even among grown-ups).

How to comment about food in French

How to Comment About Food in French

Food is often at the very top of French conversations. The French always comment on their food and at home, a cook always expects many compliments. So today, we'll study how to make positive and negative comments about food.


The French school system explained

This is always a problem for my students. Understanding the French school system, l'école française, knowing which grades are which is a real nightmare. So here is a post that should make things easier. I wrote the equivalent grades in the US school system, and the age of the students for reference.

French Today on Twitter

French Vocabulary for Twitter - Vocabulaire Français pour Twitter

Twitter's interface is still in English - so of course, the French are very likely to use English words to talk about their actions on Twitter. But here is a vocabulary list - it's interesting mostly to see the articles and therefore the gender of the new word, like "un tweet". The pronunciation is English with a French accent!


Le 14 juillet, la Fête Nationale Française - Bastille Day

Le 14 juillet est la Fête Nationale en France : c'est une journée de célébration de la culture française. De nombreux événements publics ont lieu: des défilés militaires, des repas de commune, des danses, des fêtes et de nombreux et grandioses feux d'artifice. Mais que font vraiment les Français ce jour-là ?