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noeud

A colorful slice of Sète, an historic port on the French Mediterranean (sign says: "For sale--salted anchovies") le noeud (neuh to pronounce noeud, say the word "nerd" leaving off the "rd") noun, masculine 1. knot; bow; node - - Listen: Hear my son Max pronounce the word "noeud" - Also: le noeud papillon = bow tie le... Read more →


tiède

A pigeon's life... tiring of tossed crumbs and considering take-out Tiède (tee-ed) adjective tepid, lukewarm For our eleventh wedding anniversary dinner, mon mari chose a restaurant facing the midnight-blue sea in the old Catalan village of Collioure. I had carefully ironed a two-piece ensemble en lin and applied an extra dusting of bronzing powder sur les pommettes... Read more →


huit

Elle a huit ans! She's eight! Jackie, third from right. Thank you Papa Poule for today's photo. huit (weet) adjective and noun, masculine 1. eight .............. Listen: Hear my mother-in-law pronounce the word "huit": Download huit2.wav ..................... Expressions: donner ses huit jours = to give someone a week's notice (to fire) le rendez-vous de 5 à 7... Read more →


aile

Expressions: avoir du plomb dans l'aile = to be hard hit prendre sous son aile = to take under one's wing avoir un coup dans l'aile = to have had 'one too many' voler de ses propres ailes = to stand on one's own feet battre de l'aile = to not be going very well (relationship) Audio File Hear the word aile pronounced: Download aile.wav Citation du Jour: L'homme qui n'a pas d'imagination n'a pas d'ailes. The man who has no imagination has no wings. --Mohammed Ali Read more →


seau

The Littlest Vendangeuse* (photo, left). My eight-year-old, Jackie, in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Find a link to more photos from this year's harvest at the end of this letter. le seau (so) noun, masculine 1. bucket, pail; bucketful, pailful plural = seaux ........... Hear the word "seau" pronounced: Download seau.wav .................. Expression: pleuvoir à seaux renversés = to rain buckets... Read more →


virement

Bécassine stamp, from today's story. le virement (veer-mahn) noun, masculine 1. transfer (credit) ........... Listen: Hear Jean-Marc pronounce the word "virement": Download Virement.mp3 ............................................ Sailing proverb from Brittany: Quand les mouettes ont pied, il est temps de virer. When the gulls touch down, it is time to veer around. ...................................... A Day in a French Life... I... Read more →


la punition

A French catnap Five weeks left to purchase Volumes I-III! After several reprints, I will not be sending Words in a French Life: Volumes I-III back to l'imprimerie.* Don't miss these stories, in their complete form--order a set of books if you can. une punition (poo-nees-yohn -- silent "n") n.f. 1. punishment ........... Listen: Hear my daughter... Read more →


festin

Because to children, life itself is a festin... My son, Max, jumping off the water tank near our home. le festin (feh-stehn --silent "n") noun, masculine 1. feast, banquet French synonyms for festin: agape, bombance, ripaille, beuverie, gueuleton .......... Listen: Hear the word festin pronounced: Download festin.wav ........................... Citation du Jour: Petite chère et grand accueil font... Read more →


épaule

May he play more golf. Photo of Jean-Marc, épaules intact une épaule (ay-pol) noun, feminine 1. shoulder Audio File Hear today's word pronounced: Download epaule.wav Expressions: large d'épaules = broad shouldered se luxer une épaule = to dislocate a shoulder hausser les épaules = to shrug one's shoulders lire par-dessus l'épaule de quelqu'un = to read over... Read more →