Les Traditions de Pâques – Easter’s Traditions in France

"Pâques" is an important holiday in France: a religious one of course, but also a traditional gathering for families, religious or not. Kids go egg hunting (you can see our daughter Leyla in action), but our egg providers are a bit different: magic bells!! And we traditionally cook a large meal with a leg of lamb, and set a lively table to honor the coming of Spring time. [Read More...]

Vegan in France

Some people traveling to France are vegan. What can they expect as far as vegan food options and vegan customs in France? What is the French vegan vocabulary? [Read More...]

United States in French

The United States (of America) = Les États-Unis (d'Amérique). Ok. But what other words & acronyms do the French use to speak about the US in French? And what are the names (and genders) of the individual states in French? [Read More...]

French Christmas Dialogue (With Audio)

For the Holidays, Olivier and I recorded a realistic French Christmas dialogue to introduce you to both the French traditions and precise French vocabulary used in around Xmas in France. This post comes with audio. Enjoy, and happy holidays! [Read More...]

How to Improve Your French with French Movies

Lots of students seem to believe that watching French movies is a great way to improve their French. It can be, but only if you have the appropriate level of French. You should be ready to "work" with the movie, not just casually watch it with the English subtitles on. [Read More...]