"Traffic" in the town of Vaison-la-Romaine. A car lover will appreciate today's edition, which focuses on a unique off-road vehicle, the UMM. Thanks for forwarding the post on to a friend! quatre-quatre or 4X4 (kat-kat or kat-ruh kat-ruh) (see sound file below) : four-wheel drive Exercises in French Phonics - great for learning French pronunciation. Order your... Read more →

Squint your eyes and you might see the whimsical warning (beneath the flowy jasmine); the door sign reads: "Attention, Chien Bizarre!"/"Watch out for Strange Dog!" (Notice the little hearts on the ironwork. Photo taken in Brignoles, while on a stroll with Mama Jules. Imaged enhanced by Picasa's free "lomo" filter.) être tout sucre, tout miel (to be... Read more →

un apiculteur (aah pee kuul tuur) noun, masculine : beekeeper, apiarist Example Sentence: (note: the sound file will be back soon... some technical difficulties today!) Aujourd'hui on fait la connaissance de l'homme qui murmurait à l'oreille des abeilles. Today we meet the man who whispers to bees. A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse "On... Read more →


The sign says "Products from the beehive". Picture taken in Serre Chevalier. The Ultimate French Review and Practice: Mastering French Grammar for Confident Communication abeille (ah-bay) noun, feminine bee La diligente abeille n'a pas de temps pour la tristesse. The busy bee has no time for sorrow. --William Blake . Thank heavens the vines are abuzz once... Read more →


My husband "King Bee" looking for a Queen. Thanks to our neighbor, Jean-Marie, he found a swarm (see it in the photo? just above the word "bee". Now to pry the buzzing mass from the underarm of that branch... un essaim (eh-sehn [silent "n," nasal sound]) noun, masculine : swarm (of bees) : crowd, swarm (of people);... Read more →