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/UK school system, and the age of the students for reference. [Read More...]

French Music Vocabulary + Easy Bilingual Story

Learn the French music vocabulary: musical instruments, types of music and how to use the verb "jouer" and "faire" with instruments. Practice your new French music vocabulary with Suzanne's easy bilingual story about the national French music day: la fête de la musique. [Read More...]

How To Talk About Wine in French

Learn how to speak about wine in French with this French dialogue written in easy French and translated into English. Learn the French wine vocabulary in context, as well as typical questions and sentences you'll encounter during a wine tasting in France. [Read More...]

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...]

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. [Read More...]