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THE BITTEREST WINE: a novel about a family's conflicting roles in WWII Provence and famous writers of the Resistance who influenced them. Order the book. TODAY'S WORD: le juste milieu : happy medium ECOUTEZ - Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's French word: Download Juste-milieu La vertu est le juste milieu entre deux vices. -Aristote Virtue is the... Read more →

"New Day". Smokey reminds us all to live simply, slowly, and not to make a cheese about things! Speaking of fromage, tell us your favorite kind here in the comments. TODAY'S WORD: en faire tout un fromage : to make a fuss about something : to make a mountain out of a molehill : to make a... Read more →

Picture of the balcony off our bedroom. It was my dream to live in a stone house and, in 2012, this rêve came true--with a view of the sea to boot! TODAY'S WORD: sourire : (noun) smile : (verb) to smile One way to support this French word journal: shop for necessities or gifts using any of... Read more →

It is raining this morning, here in St. Cyr-sur-Mer. Visibility is fuzzy--just like today's word (and our situation). TODAY'S WORD: être dans le flou : to be in limbo BEAUTIFUL FRENCH FARMHOUSE for rent near Portland Oregon. Multi generational possibilities . Click here. YOUR AD HERE. Reach 26,000 readers. Place an ad in the French Word-A-Day newsletter.... Read more →

An arbousier we planted behind our farmhouse. I first noticed these "strawberry trees" while visiting Corsica, where they are plentiful in the wild--as are boars, which gobble up the fallen fruit. More about sangliers in today's post. TODAY'S WORD: un gigot leg, thigh (of animal) le gigot d'agneau = leg of lamb ECOUTEZ - hear Jean-Marc pronounce... Read more →

The French eat quail eggs (les oeufs de caille)... but do they eat fried eggs? Read on... TODAY'S WORD: un oeuf au plat : a fried egg, egg "sunny side up" ECOUTEZ - Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's French word: Download MP3 for "Oeuf-au-plat" Un œuf au plat, œuf sur le plat, œuf à la poêle ou... Read more →

Picture taken on Election Day morning. Is the sky half full or half empty? Depends on how you see things. TODAY'S WORD: la paix des choses sauvages : the peace of wild things A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse Have you missed me? Or have you been so absorbed in the election results that... Read more →

Here in France, we set our clocks back one hour on Sunday. And you? Do you have a time change coming up? And how does it affect you, le changement d'heure? Share your thoughts in the comments at the end of this post. TODAY'S WORD: le changement d'heure : time change heure d'été = daylight savings time,... Read more →