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A father putting his artistic talents to work for rémunération. I once had a bird like the little girl's. When it sat on my shoulder I felt invincible. So why is it hard, now, to do certain things? Where are my wings? Bonjour, dear Reader, I have been busy around here lately. "Here" refers to this French... Read more →


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Our 21-year-old, Max, came home from Montpellier for the weekend and cooked a cozy meal for the whole family. Read on in today's missive, below. Please welcome our new sponsor: Japonism and the French Impressionists : free interview with newsletter signup at www.fluentfrench.com TODAY'S WORD: le magret de canard : fillet of duck, duck breast EXAMPLE SENTENCE:... Read more →


I needed help translating part of Tessa's story (below), so I posted this phrase on Facebook--and chose Joy's lively entry. Then Jean-Marc recorded another entry... and Olivier suggested a word replacement or two. Oups! Many chefs in today's post. Don’t be afraid of the Caviste! : get the free pdf « Buying Wine in France » (By... Read more →


Today, a rendez-vous with friends in Cassis and Aix-en-Provence. Meet sweet Noelle in today's story. Photo by Barbara Barrielle TODAY'S WORD: amitié : friendship EXAMPLE SENTENCE: Ce qui rend les amitiés indissolubles et double leur charme, est un sentiment qui manque à l’amour, la certitude. What makes friendship indissolute and what doubles its charms is a feeling... Read more →


Over a year ago, at the summit of his life, my husband took a hard fall. The accident changed the course of our lives. We put our vineyard up for sale and, just yesterday, sold our boat in preparation for our move. Read Jean-Marc's poignant update in French and in English and listen to his reading in... Read more →


There's a dog in there somewhere...and he looks hopeless. But there is a happy ending to this story. Read on. TODAY'S WORD: un soulagement : a relief EXAMPLE SENTENCE: C'était un soulagement de voir que la mise en bouteilles s'est bien déroulée. It was a relief to see that the wine-bottling unfolded well. ECOUTEZ - Hear Jean-Marc... Read more →


Home sweet home...for the moment. But where will "home" be this summer? TODAY'S WORD: la déception : disappointment, blighted hope EXAMPLE SENTENCE: Apprendre que nous ne pouvions plus acheter cette jolie bastide, était une grande déception. To learn we could no longer buy this pretty bastide was a big disappointment. ECOUTEZ - Hear Jean-Marc pronounce the example... Read more →


Bringing in the New Year at a party in Marseilles. Thank you Christine and Thierry, for your wonderful hospitality! TODAY'S WORD: avoir hâte de : to look forward to EXAMPLE SENTENCE: En 2017, nous avons hâte de passer de bons moments avec notre famille et nos amis. In 2017 we are looking forward to spending good times... Read more →