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Today's word was inpired by a lesson learned in Châteauneuf-du-Pape... How to Learn Any Language: Quickly, Easily, Inexpensively, Enjoyably and on Your Own le museau (mew zo) noun, masculine (plural = museaux) 1. muzzle; snout 2. (informal) face, mouth A Day in a French Life... For once it wasn't the wind knocking us down in the old... Read more →


These old French buildings don't discriminate and the so-called chic share ancient walls with the struggling (or slack) squatters. accroupir (a kroo peer) verb to squat, to crouch (down) s'accroupir = to sit on one's heels, to squat or crouch down Proverb: Un chien qui se remue vaut mieux qu'un lion accroupi. A dog which stirs is... Read more →


Braise (Brez) at her first harvest. Printed in French, Cuisine Et Vins De France features dozens of recipes in each issue along with articles on wine, cheese, appetizers, table decorations, and more. Subscribe to C&V here. la pourriture (poo ree tewr) noun, feminine 1. rotting, rot, decay 2. rottenness 3. stinker, louse (person) Proverb: Ce que tu... Read more →


Lazy days at a beach in Cavalière, along the Blue Coast. Paresse (par-ess) noun, feminine laziness, idleness ; sloth By the time my aunt and uncle from San Francisco arrived for a three-day visit, my home, my yard, my kids, my spouse, my dog and I, all in our Sunday best, were as put together as a... Read more →


Today's story takes place near St. Tropez... essuyer (es-wee-yay) verb 1. to wipe, to dry 2. to mop 3. to clean; to dust 4. to wipe up; to mop up Le rire, comme les essuie-glaces, permet d'avancer même s'il n'arrête pas la pluie. Laughter, like windshield wipers, permits us to advance even if it doesn't stop the... Read more →


An old sign outside a locksmiths's shop in Draguignan cadenas (kad na) n.m. 1. padlock L'un contre l'autre appuyés, les battants de la grille étaient libre de verrou, exempts de chaîne et de cadenas. Leaning one against the other, the double gates were unbolted, free of chain or padlock. --from French Short Stories 2 A Day in... Read more →


Les phares / lighthouses at the Island of Groix (Brittany). le phare (far) noun, masculine 1. lighthouse 2. headlight 3. beacon "Unlike many other countries, France has resisted the trend toward total automation, and in many small ports and seaside towns, the lighthouse keeper is still a well-known and respected figure." --from Lighthouses of France: The Monuments... Read more →


Jean-Marc and Fred preparing sea urchins "on the half shell". In books: French Women For All Seasons by Mireille Guiliano is a charming and practical guide to adding some joie to your vie and to your table... apporter (a pohr tay) verb to bring; to supply or provide Le soir de la vie apporte avec soi sa... Read more →


Ever been a bit sot at the zinc bar? I have. (photo: Bar de la Marine/Marseilles) sot, sotte (so, sot) adjective foolish, silly, stupid There is also the noun "sot" (and "sotte"), which means "fool" or "idiot," and the adverb "sottement" (foolishly, stupidly) -- and have you ever seen the French word "sot-l'y-laisse"? While you think about... Read more →


Une façon de décorer sa fenêtre /one way to decorate one's window. la façon (fa-sahn) noun, feminine 1. way, manner La façon la plus rapide de mettre fin à une guerre est de la perdre. The quickest way to end a war is to lose it. --George Orwell * * * French Magazines: MARIE CLAIRE (printed in... Read more →