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A garden on a grape farm. souci (soo-see) noun, masculine : calendula flower (pot marigold) [from the Latin solsequia, meaning tournesol (sunflower)] souci (soo-see) noun, masculine : preoccupation; concern [from se soucier, from the Latin sollicitare (to worry)] A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse It is with a big fat lip and a bevy... Read more →

Charm at a new chum's house. I've met a few new friends over the past quinzaine. Now to sort out the souvenirs and, eventuellement, share them with you. Today, meet Malou and Doreen... . Sign up! Receiving this via a forwarded message? Are you reading the journal online? Why not sign up to French Word-A-Day and receive... Read more →

For the purposes of this edition (there's always the need for an illustrative photo) Smokey pretends to be a weed. But we're not buyin' it, are we? sarcler (sar-clay) verb : to weed Yabla French Video Immersion. The fun way to learn French . A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse (Note: this story was... Read more →

Jean-Marc is concerned that I am writing too much about dogs, so we'll switch to drunkenness for a spell. (Photo of sign taken in Pont-Saint-Esprit. Notice the play on words: l'ivresse = drunkenness (in this case, Livresse, we have livre lushes or book boozers!) beurré (beur-ay) adjective : "buttered" (plastered, sozzled, drunk) French definition: "qui est dans... Read more →

For muddy faces... Braise recommends this triple-milled soap from Provence! Thanks for ordering some savon here. ébouriffé(e) (ay-boor-ee-fay) adjective : tousled, disheveled, rumpled Looking for a room with a view of Monte Carlo and a short walk down to the beaches, the Casino de Monte Carlo, the Grimaldi Forum & the Port of Monaco? See the newest... Read more →

In Soave Italy, where "museum-worthy" meets mundane. The art of life includes being able to have a cup of coffee, post a letter, and study a sculpture. robustesse (ro-bus-tess) noun, feminine : robustness, sturdiness, strength A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse "Robustesse" Sensitive... yet Strong The highlight of Spring Break was visiting Cousin Audrey... Read more →

The picture of Peace... but go "behind the scenes" with me today and learn about photography... especially les hazards du métier. acariâtre (ah-kar-ee-atre) adjective : cantankerous Before reading today's story, have a look at these synonyms for the French word acariâtre (and so get to know our harpy of a heroine): grincheux (grumpy), une chipie (a bad-tempered... Read more →

Smell the roses, see the butterfly's wings... slow to a snail's pace but not so slow as to sleepwalk through the day. éveiller (ay-veh-yay) verb : to wake up, to excite... "to pull from sleep" (tirer du sommeil) A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse "Présent!" It is what my son replies when his teacher... Read more →

High up in the Hautes-Alpes... there lives a blue-shuttered window with sunflowers, snowflakes, and the spirit of France peeking out. Coucou... it's time to contribute! Have you ever thought about supporting this word journal? Thank you for taking a moment to do so now. If you enjoy French Word-A-Day for its vocabulary-enriching essays, for the just-snapped photos,... Read more →

The ponies of Provence stand before Mont Ventoux and a lone French mas. France and Monaco Rentals. Exclusive Vacation Rental Properties throughout France. chahuter (sha-hew-tay) verb 1. to make a racket, to create an uproar 2. to heckle, to tease "Chahuter" comes from the word "chat-huant" and once meant "to cry like a screech owl." "Un chahuteur"... Read more →