Sweet 16! Today, September 18th, is Jackie's birthday and we've had chocolate cake for breakfast and look forward to Chinese food for dinner. (Meantime she's begun another day at fashion school. But after our dog's recent drama, and Jackie's hands-on response, I think she'd make a great veterinarian! Read on, in today's French infused story column.... un... Read more →


Hats outside a shopfront in Paris, to go along with today's quote bonheur pour les yeux : eye-candy Audio File: (check back later for Jean-Marc's recording. Meantime, help! I need your assistance translating today's example sentence. Click here to leave your translation.) Le bonheur des yeux lui ferait-il raccrocher son cœur comme le chapeau du porte-manteau ?... Read more →


The Christmas decorations are still up in the town of Grignan. Have you taken down your holiday decor? Click here to comment. le sang-froid : calm, equanimity, imperturbability Audio File: Listen to Jean-Marc (I am told my husband has a beautiful voice! Don't miss it): Download MP3 or Wav file Lors de situations conflictuelles, çela aide pas... Read more →


A rose lover's Shangri-la: the village of Grignan. (Just don't steal the flowers... or the sweetness.... read on in today's story column.). choper (sho-pay) verb : to steal, to pinch, to nab; to catch Audio File: listen to Jean-Marc pronounce these French words (Download MP3 or Wav file) Il a chopé un rhume / He caught a... Read more →