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A favorite place to walk and talk. Conversation with my daughter in today's story. TODAY'S WORD: se souhaiter : to wish one another, to wish each other EXAMPLE SENTENCE: Le 31 Décembre à minuit les français se souhaitent une bonne et heureuse année et prennent parfois de bonnes résolutions pour changer leurs habitudes. December 31st, at midnight,... Read more →


The mysterious card we received in the mail and what was inside... in today's story. TODAY'S WORDS: diriger & benir : to direct and to bless EXAMPLE SENTENCE: De temps en temps, Dieu me dirige à envoyer quelques choses à un/des amis. Voilà. Que Dieu te benisse. (Anonymous) From time to time, God directs me to send... Read more →


One year ago, looking in the window at my French family who joined us here for le repas de Noël. TODAY'S WORD: une mangeoire : feeding trough, manger EXAMPLE SENTENCE: Là, dans la saleté et entre les animaux, elle mit son bébé au monde. Puis elle l'enveloppa chaudement et, comme il n'y avait pas de berceau, elle... Read more →


End of the year To-Dos. This old photo reminds me--I need to fish out our santons and make a good-for-any-season French Yogurt Cake, (recipe here). I also want to update you on our move and the sale of our vineyard. Read on! French Christmas Music: "Mon Beau Sapin", "Sainte Nuit", "La Marche des Rois"... Order CD here.... Read more →


The spirit of Christmas in the seaside town of Cassis. TODAY'S WORD: le couvre-feu : curfew ECOUTEZ - Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's French word: Download Couvre-feu Couvre-feu. Quand vous étiez jeunes, vos parents vous ont-ils imposé un couvre-feu pour rentrer avant minuit? Curfew. When you were young, did your parents impose a curfew for you to... Read more →


That's Max behind the door! Today's story begins in Aix-en-Provence, the city of a thousand fountains and tears.... TODAY'S WORD: la maladie : illness, sickness, condition, disease, pathosis le congé de maladie = sick leave la maladie de la vache folle = mad cow disease l'assurance maladie = health insurance ECOUTEZ - Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's... Read more →


Here at Mas des Brun, the leaves are bright red on our blueberry bush. They are also a reminder of our upcoming appointment this morning! Read on! TODAY'S WORD: donner son sang : to give one's blood SABLET HOME - for high quality vacation rentals in the heart of Provence. FRANCE & MONACO We offer exclusive short-term... Read more →


When you forward this post to a friend, he or she can use the subscription links in this newsletter to join this list. Thank you for sharing the French word! TODAY'S WORD: ramasser : to gather up, to collect, to pick something up ECOUTEZ - Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's French word: Download ramasser En fin de... Read more →


He taught me how to eat cheese--and, lately, how to lâcher prise. Photo of Jean-Marc and me taken in 1993, at La Cloche aux Fromages in Marseilles. TODAY'S WORD: lâcher prise : to let go ECOUTEZ - Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's French word: Download Lacher-prise Improve your spoken French. Try Pronounce it Perfectly in French or... Read more →