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Our Jackie turned 5 when this word journal began. Here she is at eleven (two years ago) helping Braise (brez) get dressed for today's birthday party! Today marks the 8th anniversary of this French word journal! joyeux, joyeuse (zhwa-yuh, zhwa-yuhz) adjective : cheerful, merry, joyful Listen to my daughter's message, and to the French word "joyeux": Download... Read more →

Municipal flower pot in Valréas. jojo (zho zho) adjective : short for "joli(e)", pretty . Audio file (not available today... désolée!) A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse I followed Madame's directions and ended up at the medieval church, looking up at those "magnifiques fronts", the faces of which were almost as long as my... Read more →

Just a very fun word to say today: exquis (ex kee): it also describes the endearing woman in today's story.... exquis (ex kee) adjective : exquisite synonyms: avenant (pleasant), doux (sweet), fin (delicate) Keep up your French with Bien Dire (magazine subscription). A 52-page magazine to improve your French! Full of interesting articles on France and French... Read more →

Bottle on a window sill in Paris. . un clochard (klo shar) noun : homeless person feminine: une clocharde synonyms: un mendiant (beggar), S.D.F., or "Sans Domicile Fixe" (homeless person) Audio File and Sound clip... at the surprising end of this edition... . A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse Sometime in 2003... Mom and... Read more →

Travel with me today... to another dimension in time and space... (pictured: Mont Ventoux, left, and Les Dentelles de Montmirail). frousse (frooce) noun, feminine : fright, fear, funk synonyms: la trouille (avoir la trouille = to be scared stiff); la pétoche = fear avoir la frousse = to be scared froussard,e = cowardly, chicken le/la froussard(e) =... Read more →

I yearned for a French life, but blew my chances the first time around! Read on... n'importe quoi (nem port kwah) : anything at all; "whatever", "yeah, right!" ..... Audio File: Download MP3 or Download WAV Dire que les Français ne sont pas accueillants aux Anglophones, c'est dire n'importe quoi! To say that the French are not... Read more →

Between the flowers Mount Windy "towers". Enjoy a free subscription to French Word-A-Day via Email or RSS Yabla French Video Immersion. The fun way to learn French la rose trémière (rowz tray me yare) noun, feminine : hollyhock Audio File: Download WAV or Download MP3 Pendant les périodes chaotiques, il fallait attacher Smokey à notre rose trémière.... Read more →

"Preachy" in the town of Suzette. Enjoy a free subscription to French Word-A-Day via Email or RSS Yabla French Video Immersion. The fun way to learn French un reportage (ruh por tazh) noun, masculine French definition: Article, chronique réalisée par un journaliste qui recueille des informations sur le terrain. An article or chronicle, produced by a journalist,... Read more →

Solitary seat in Grignon. Free subscription to French Word-A-Day via Email or RSS la page blanche (pazh blansh) noun, feminine : "the blank page" Audio File. Listen: Download Wav or Download MP3 Le blocage de l'écrivain, (parfois appelé « syndrome de la page blanche », « angoisse de la page blanche » ou « peur de la... Read more →

Trellised vine in the town of Sarrians. Never miss a word or photo, subscribe to French Word-A-Day la treille (treye) noun, feminine : trellised, climbing vines, vine arbor le jus de la treille = wine, lit. "the juice of the vine" treillage =lattice work . Audio File: (the francophones are absent... so you are stuck with my... Read more →