Writers and artists know all about gleaning, or le glanage--they regularly glean for ideas and inspiration! Here's Robyn Mixon's painting "Chez Domaine Rouge-Bleu." (See Robyn's photo farther on.) glaner (glah-nay) verb to pick, to gather, to glean Audio File: Listen to Jean-Marc read the following text: Download MP3 or Wav file Quand vous ferez la moisson dans... Read more →

How much is that kitty in the window? Photo taken in Vaison La Romaine. Never miss a Provençal picture, sign up for French Word-A-Day. donner (doh-nay) verb : to give => donner secours = to give help, aid All the "definitions" for the word "to give" are in today's story. Read on. Listen: Hear the word 'donner'... Read more →

A basket of pomegranates at our local superette. la journée mondiale de l'alimentation : World Food Day . Audio File & Example Sentence: Download Wav or Download MP3 Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce the following French words: Aujourd'hui c'est la journée mondiale de l'alimentation. Comme dit Coluche, "Quand je pense à toi, je pense à moi." Today is... Read more →

Jean-Marc's frangine. la frangine frahn-zheen noun, feminine sister (in informal French) . CHAPTER FROM BLOSSOMING IN PROVENCE When Jean-Marc's sister comes to stay with us, the kids want to touch their aunt's pink hair, ride in her orange car, and give up their beds for her comfort. Do you still live in a school bus and can... Read more →

Sunflowers for Soeur Emmanuelle Please excuse today's non-conformist (... that is: not conforming to the usual blog) format but this is a special edition, devoted to a special, non-conformist French nun. To hear today's word, check out the first and last video (a music video with Calogero Maurici) at the end of this post. ::::::::::::::::::::::::: Y A... Read more →


Abbé Pierre's "holy anger" drove him to fight for the rights of those sans-toit, without a roof over their head. Take a moment to read about this great Frenchman, and thank you for sharing this post with a friend. TODAY'S WORD le (la) sans-abri (sahns-ahbree) noun, masculine & feminine : homeless person "Sans-abri" means, literally, "without shelter";... Read more →


donner (doh-nay) verb 1. to give Expression: donner secours = to give help, aid Listen: Hear the word 'donner' pronounced: Download donner.wav ......................... Citation du Jour: Le vrai secours aux misérables, c'est l'abolition de la misère. True aid to the poverty-stricken, is the abolition of poverty. --Victor Hugo A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse... Read more →