French Culture


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.

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Le Gigot d'Agneau - French Roasted Leg of Lamb Recipe

Today, we'll take a look at a very traditional French leg of lamb recipe: le gigot d'agneau Pascal. In case you were wondering, let's be clear: "Agneau Pascal" does NOT mean "Some guy named Pascal's recipe for leg of lamb!" but rather the lamb that is traditionally cooked for Easter (called "Pâques") holiday.

10 easy french movies to learn french

Top 10 Easy to Understand French Movies

Many beginner and intermediate French students are looking for French movies easy enough to understand. It's quite a challenge, so I asked my students and ex-students to help me put together a list of French films they found easier to understand, and these were the most popular results.

Joyeuse Saint Valentin ! Valentine's day in France

Le 14 février, c'est La Saint Valentin, la fête de l'amour et des amoureux. Careful though - unlike English cultures, Valentine's day in France is only for people "in" love, not just loving/friendship gestures.

How To Ask Someone Out on a Date in French

Finding the courage to ask someone out on a date is not easy... let alone trying to find the right words in French. Here is my lesson on asking someone out in French.

French Women Don't Date: the French Dating System Explained

It is so funny to see how some social behaviors are exactly the same between France and the US, and others are completely different. One of the very obvious difference is the dating game. The French don't "date"… So what is a man to do?

Les Crêpes de la Chandeleur - Recipe & Vocabulary

Crêpes (sort of French thin pancake) are a very common food in France and are not only easy to make but can be served any way you want. This allows the whole family to eat exactly the crêpes that they want…

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French King Pie Recipe and Traditions - La Galette des Rois

"la galette des rois" the French king cake is traditionally served on January 6, a Christian holy day called Epiphany, and mostly known as the 3 wise men visit to baby Jesus. In France the tradition of serving this puff pastry and almond cream tart can be traced back to the 14th century. A small porcelain figurine (la fève) is baked inside the cake and whoever receives the little favor is then crowned king/queen for the day. So don't chew too hard in this delicious pastry, and save your teeth!!

New year resolutions in French

How To Make New Year's Resolutions in French

The new year is upon us, and of course, French people also make New Year's resolutions (les bonnes résolutions du nouvel an). Here is a list of vocabulary and constructions used for New Year's resolutions in French + examples.

Debunking New Year in France + Vocabulary

In French, we call New Year's Eve "La Saint-Sylvestre" (pronounced "la sin(nasal) seal vay str") or "Le Réveillon du Nouvel An". Celebrated during the night of December 31st, we usually party with friends and/or family, in a more or less formal way. Let's see what French people do on New Year's Eve and learn the vocabulary.