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avoir la tête sur les épaules (ah-vwar-lah-tet-soor-layz-ay-pawl) : to be sensible, to have a good head on one's shoulders Audio File: listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's expression: Download MP3 file or Wave file Pour faire un si long voyage seule à 15 ans, Jackie doit avoir la tête sur ses épaules. To go on such a long... Read more →

A "crique" or little sea inlet along the littoral, or Mediterranean coast. crapahuter (krah-pah-ew-tay) : to clamber, crawl, trek, or yomp Also: to plough along, to trudge, to schlepp Audio file: listen to Jean-Marc: Download MP3 or Wave file Pour accèder à la petite crique, on doit crapahuter sur les rochers. To access the little sea inlet,... Read more →

Ann Mah is giving away three advance copies of her new book Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris. Enter to win here. haché (ha-shay) : minced, ground; chopped un steak haché = hamburger (the French say hamburger when the burger is served on a bun; sans bun... Read more →

Where is the mind located and do our thoughts really have substance--as scientists have observed? They say our thoughts can control our pain levels and more. I believe this, having used mind over matter while receiving several shots during skin cancer removal. Now if I could only train other parts of my brain--especially the emotional parts. Note:... Read more →

Back when things weren't so complicated and you spoke your heart out. TODAY'S WORD la pastèque (pah-stek) : watermelon A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristin Espinasse La Salade d'Amour I was talking to my table-mate to the right when my left ear perked up and my husband's words came as a shock. I can't believe... Read more →

"Ignorance is Bliss." Remember this photo from last September? Back then, while eating my way from one end of this fig tree to the other, I had no idea there was more to a fig than meets the eye.... Provence Villa Rental Luberon luxury home; 4 bedrooms, 5 baths; gourmet kitchen, covered terrace & pool. Views of... Read more →

"The Kiss". Jean-Marc and I celebrated our 19th anniversary with a hike along the sea and a swim at this calanque, in St. Cyr-sur-Mer. la noce (nohce) : wedding, nuptials faire la noce = to live it up la nuit de noce = wedding night le voyage de noces = honeymoon A Day in a French Life...... Read more →

Wish I'd gotten a picture of the hero in today's story. Meantime, here's a lovable stand-in. Photo taken somewhere in the Vaucluse... le locataire (lo h-ka-tair) : tenant Audio File: Listen to Jean-Marc: Download MP3 or Wav file Le locataire ouvre grand ses bras. "Entrez, je vous en prie!" il dit. The tenant opens his arms. "Come... Read more →

Forward this post to a French friend. Today's edition, on fudge, is a reverse-dictionary entry: instead of translating a French word, we'll begin with English. This is dedicated to all of our French readers--so happy to know you're reading. You keep me on my toes! (photo of a sweets shop taken in Paris) fudge (n) (fuhzh) :... Read more →