""The rare Frenchman who uses the crosswalk" Computer is back and so are some long-lost photos from years ago! Youpie! Yay! une béquille (beh-kee) : crutch, stand; kickstand (bike) Audio File: listen to Jean-Marc pronounce the following expressions: Download MP3 or Wav file Elle marche avec des béquilles. She walks with crutches. mettre une moto, un vélo... Read more →

Thank you very much for the warm holiday greetings. Wishing everyone much joy, surrounded by the things you love this time of year: family, friends, cats, dogs, birds... or solitude. Whatever brings you peace! See you in several days for the next edition. (Photo taken at Domaine Rouge-Bleu, our home from June 2007-Sept 2012. We now live... Read more →

What is remarkable, or kind of funny, about this sign above the window? Your guesses in the comments box. Photo taken in Toulon, where today's story takes place. ouvrier (ew-vree-ay) : worker Example Sentence: Je ne suis qu'un simple ouvrier. I am but an ordinary working man. Mas la Monaque - Rent this beautifully restored 17-century farmhouse!... Read more →

One of the photos featured in our Saturday edition "Cinéma Vérité". Find out more about it, and how to help support this free word journal, here. Thank you for your consideration :-) *** One meaning of "host" is "lord of strangers". How's that for mystique? As well, hosting another person is considered, by some, as mystical, even... Read more →

Current events have us wearing our hearts on our former façades... and it's a good thing, n'est-ce pas? haut les coeurs (oh lay ker) : lift up your spirit, take heart, be brave! have courage! Thank you, Carolyn Foote Edelmann, for today's French expression: Carolyn writes, in response to Monday's seisme post: Small thought - watching their... Read more →

Picture of a "fools the eye" or "trompe-l'oeil" taken in the medieval village of Les Arcs-sur-Argens (Var, France). revivre (reuh veevreuh) : to live again Listen to 13-year-old Jackie pronounce these French words (Download MP3 file) Aimer, c'est mourir en soi pour revivre en autrui. Love is to die to self so as to live again in... Read more →

Along the steep zigzagging path to the sea in Sicily, we stopped to peer in to this tiny chapel. The doors were locked but we stole glances all the same. . colombe (ko lohmb) noun, feminine : dove A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse (Continued from the previous story: "Switch-back") On New Year's Day... Read more →

Read about "Josey" (from our former stomping grounds of St. Maximin) in today's story... and don't miss a photo of Smokey's Ma and Pa at the end of this edition. s'occuper (so-kew-pay) verb to keep oneself busy Italian Josephine made homemade pizza the size of a hamburger patty, only there wasn't any viande, just a bony anchovy... Read more →

Little lost lièvre... The Tortoise and the Hare - Bilingual edition! Order here. .. le lièvre (lee evr) noun, masculine : hare synonym: le bouquin = buck rabbit Terms & Expressions: un bec-de-lièvre = hare lip C'est là que gît le lièvre = that's the crucial point lever/soulever un lièvre = to hit on a problem chasser... Read more →

In the village of Sarrians: a slice of scenic life. Don't miss out on the whole pie at Cinéma Vérité. empreinte (ahm-prehnt) noun, feminine : print, trace, mark empreinte génétique = genetic imprint empreintes digitales = fingerprint empreinte de rouge à lèvres = lipstick mark Audio File: Listen to my daughter, Jackie, pronounce the day's word, terms,... Read more →