la grippe porcine

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One sassy sanglier says, "Swine Flu! What's to you?" Tell us your opinion in today's debate, below.

la grippe porcine (lah greep pohr-seen) noun, feminine
    : swine flu

AKA: la grippe Mexicaine

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Swine Flu Debate
In today's debate: la grippe porcine. Please chime in and tell us how you feel the news coverage on this topic (Is it excessive?) and its effect on you. Are you nervous or fearful about the Swine Flu, or what the French call "la grippe Mexicaine"? Or do you think, as one French woman recently confided to me, that topics like this just drive our attention away from other hot-button issues, such as the economy, unemployment... war? Did you see the French comedian's skit "Une Petite Grippe de Tafiole"?* I look forward to reading your thoughts, in the comments box. Meantime, I'm off to help Mom pack for her return trip to Mexico...

A Day in a French Life...
by Kristin Espinasse

I am happy to see Mom ironing her pink poncho.
"You going to get dressed up?" I ask Jules.
"Oh... Well, would you like to wear these sandals?" I offer.
"No. I'm going to wear my tennis shoes."
"Ah... Did you need to use my hairdryer?" I question.
"No," Mom answers. "I'm just going to throw a blanket over my head!"

Obviously Mom is in some kind of mood and I intend to shake her out of it.

"Mom! You never know who you might meet on the plane!" I point out, trying to cheer her up before she leaves for the airport.  Jules is returning home, after a two-month absence. Though this should be an exciting time for her (reuniting with Breezy The Dog, her cats, and husband, John...), I notice that she is dragging. She wore house slippers to town the other day, and she's not putting on her make-up, as she does.

Her before-departure blues have nothing to do with the news (where Swine Flu in the City is a sexy media topic), and it isn't that she is sad to leave France... No, Mom's lethargy is the result of feeling paralyzed by fearful thoughts.

To be clear, it isn't the swine flu that scares Mom, it is the Mexican economy and how this will affect her adored amigos, her beloved Mexico. The restaurants have closed, as have many of the shops, and her husband has been sent home from work.

"I told him to stock up on rice and beans..." Mom mumbles and I can just see her train of tick-tick-ticking thinking. I tell Mom that I can relate to her obsessive, fearful thoughts. I, too, tend to latch on to a train of fearful, negative thinking, and don't know how or when to just let go. Besides, even when I let go, a different, equally defeating thought rushes in, only to replace the former one.

Mom and I sit there, each consumed with concern, until the quiet in the room attracts our attention. That's when Mom looks over at me and her face brightens until she's got that pull-herself-up-by-her bootstraps look in her eyes. Speaking of boots, Mom no longer wears spurs on hers, but gets by these days with a spike in her spirit.  That spirit is now shining through her pupils and I can sense a lesson coming on.

"Do you know the story about the farmer?" Mom begins.
"Which one's that?" I ask, glad for the distraction.
"The farmer who is sitting quietly in his kitchen, when a dozen pigs rush in, through the open door, creating mayhem. The china cabinets shake, the jam jars come crashing down, the wife screams, and the mug of coffee that the farmer had been enjoying falls off the table, scatters. The room is full of chaos!

(It takes me a moment to realize that Mom's story is a parable: the pigs represent thoughts, whether fearful, angry, or unruly.)

"When the pigs begin to overwhelm him," Mom continues, "the farmer gets up and chases them out of the kitchen, latches the door. Only, now, he is sitting in an empty room."

Sitting in an empty room seems fine to me, I reason... but before I can argue with that, Mom sums up her story:

"It is not enough to chase the pigs out. You have to fill that empty (vulnerable) space, replace the pigs with something else!"

Mom's story ends here, and she looks over at me with a knowing glance--only, I don't know what she's talking about. I begin to wonder whether Mom's forgotten something, left a certain point principal out of this parable. I mean, replace the unruly pigs with what? Flowers? Chickens, maybe? Cancan dancers (a nice distraction if not a change from that nagging wife)?

"I can't wait to get home!" Mom announces, and she's already off, to put that parable-lesson into practice.

"Do you have any shampoo?" Mom inquires. "Oh, and where's that hairdryer? I've got so many people to see when I get home!" I guess Jules is not going to wear that blanket on her head after all... Looks as though she has replaced those fearful "pig" thoughts with positive ones.

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Dave Kelly

The Government here in UK have overreacted in the case of Swine flu in my mind. With all else that is going on with the economy and the question of MPs sleaze allegations I feel they are milking it for all its worth to defer discussions on more pressing matters. Im off to eat some pork now.


No doubt a potential pandemic would be a serious and alarming threat, and it is fortunate that this particular strain of flu virus appears to be far less a threat than first thought. Nonetheless the US news media, i.e., television (broadcast and cable) are populated by complete idiots prone to hyperbole and hysteria and loathe to actually do real investigative reporting. Hence the barrage of misinformation and fear-mongering. It appears the Mexican government acted quite responsibly, less so certain US school district authorities. That said, it did take our minds of the financial mess for a brief respite.

May I use this space for an additional comment? I find I adore French-word-a-day more and more: my fascination and pleasure continues to grow. It is a marvelous confection, arriving every day. Thank you.


While it is tempting to say the news coverage has been overblown, I think the real problem is that (at least in the US) there simply are too many places to get the news, and that people tend to cling to the 24 hour news channels for far too long. Turn off the televisions and the coverage will simply cease. Additionally, if one is to believe the scientists, the threat may not yet truly be over. At the end of the day, it is perhaps better that this received more, rather than less coverage; as the world would be whining and stamping its collective feet if people were dying in droves, saying, "Why didn't someone warn us?"


What a splendid piggy!

The leaflet is a total waste of money (how much did it cost?) and I wonder how many germ laden hands it went through - what a marvellous way to spread the disease to every household in the land!

Jules Greer


Yes, I'm off to my beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico tomorrow morning...hoping I will find all of my precious friends who work the beaches selling rugs, jewelry, fresh shrimp/mango on a stick, the wonderful Mexican Margarita and do I dare try it this year - the parachute ride over the ocean !!! How do I feel about the U.S. gov. and the American press, Kristi has censored my post with 'her look' but please know I am saddened when a careless move can devistate untold millions of families without even an apology to the people of Mexico. Guadalajara, Mexico is the second most populous municipality in the country of Mexico - population 1,579,174 it is in our state of Jalisco, our state has not found one case of swine flu. My husband told me last night the city of Puerto Vallarta is totally quiet (sp?) unheard of for the celebration of Cinco de Mayo which fills our vibrant city each year. I hope you can find it in your heart to say a little prayer for our beautiful Mexican friends all over this wonderful country and I leave you with a link of ELVIS singing GUADALAJARA :




As devalued as any coin is, in these economically challenging times, the weight of each coin gets heavier and thus harder to flip in order to see the other side. The media can really suck you in and make it seem as if doom can only prevail. Hopefully we've practiced and trained our psyches throughout our long lives to fend off the doom-sayers because once we've flipped that coin we're ready for anything.

I'm sure Jules had a bit of hard time flipping it as she prepared herself for her return home - much of the weight being due to being apart from you all - but she will be strong and positive (as challenging as that may seem at times) and she will prevail as always.

I will miss her postings and I hope that there is a way for her to continue from the states.

Best of luck & Joyeux "fête des mères" (is that how you say it?).

Fred Caswell

There has been an out-of-control "pork" epidemic going on forever and everywhere that desperately needs a world-wide antidote. For now and the foreseeable future we can only fight the small battles and continue to fill our homes/lives with love, hope, and good deeds.

Wherever you are, Jewels, keep on flying!

Comme toujours --- Fred

Roger Anderson

I am an avid reader of FWAD and a retired college professor of biology. I taught microbiology to nursing students and have an uncle who lies buried in an American military cemetery northeast of Paris who died from the great flu epidemic of 1918. This strain of flu initially appeared to be very similar in type to the strain that killed approximately 50 million people world wide in 1918. With modern medical science and advanced knowledge and planning to avert another catastrophe as occurred in 1918, medical, scientific and governmental authorities did the responsible thing to inform the public of the possible threat of an epidemic of unknown proportions and severity and in advising the proper precautions be taken to prevent it. The worst thing a responsible government can do is not to tell it's citizens the truth and to withhold vital information. Here in the U.S. there was never any governmental statement which was an overreaction or over statement of the facts. The media of course picked it up and some may have sensationalized it and thereby caused fear. Every such potential epidemic has to be taken seriously because given the capability of the flu virus to mutate and change frequently, it is inevitable that there the potential will always exist that another deadly strain of flu virus will emerge from animals as happened in 1918 for which we have no resistance. The same people today who are quick to criticize the governments for taking precautions would be the same people who would condemn the governments for not warning them adequately if they had done little or nothing and it proved to be a deadly flu strain.


Your pig in the house story is such a good one for showing that we need to fill our minds with something worthwhile. Fear works in a crisis to call us to action, but it really makes us crazy if we just dwell on doomsday stuff.

Today's post made me more aware of the harm the media has brought to Mexico. I think that the media just likes a story that plays to fear because so many people will tune into such a story. We all are afraid of death.

Bon voyage, Jules and thanks for Elvis.


The swine flu thing has been overblown and overhyped by the media. The very entertaining Andy Borowitz says it best:


Thank you to Roger. My very favorite poet was killed by la grippe espagnole after surviving WWI (Apollinaire). More people died of the flu of 1918 than died in the war.


If you visit the site listed above note that the initial outbreak was very mild (spring of 1918), but that it exploded when it resurfaced in the fall.

Nancy L.

I firmly do believe your neighbor is right. All the focus on H1N1 (no longer referred to as Swine Flu...for fear of running down the pork industry) is just turning us away from other dreadful realities...homelessness, poverty, war, etc.
This is not to say that we should not be forewarned and informed and there will always be people who open the door to those "wild piggies", but the whole thing needs to be kept in perspective. Helas, perspective has never sold as well as fear has.
God Blessings to Jules as she returns to her home. Your mom appears to be a woman of resourcefullness and strength. We could all take a few pages from her book and replace those pigs with something POSITIVE!


Roger, I agree with you whole-heartedly. Well said. And having said that, and acknowledging that we have perhaps dodged another globally catastrophic bullet, I would like to remind all of us that even as we dodge the bullet, others, on a much smaller, more personal scale, at this very moment, have not. And I speak of a young family in Monticello, Florida, whose house burned down the other day, causing the death of the pregnant mother, her unborn son, and the two youngest siblings, while the father and the eldest son miraculously escaped -- they dodged the bullet -- both the swine flu and immolation. And I had to ask myself this morning, after seeing their precious family portrait in the newspaper, "How can we make sense of the unspeakable sorrow and savagery surrounding us without resorting to trite sentimentalism and vain religiosity? I think the answer may lie somewhere in the apparent indefatigable spirit of human nature to survive, whatever the cost and for whatever reason, and in the always surprising resurgence during any tragedy of infinite kindess of human nature. Kindness is what must fill the void.


Bon voyage Jules, and Kristin well done for yet another splendid instalment of French Word a Day.

Best wishes to all.



Kristin, I'm really getting a kick out of the videos you add at the end of each post. :) And thank you to your wonderful family for their continued help with the audio files! Merci!


Love your site, Kristen. Hello Jules. I come to Puerto Vallarta most years at the end of March. I go to the Paris Cafe every morning for coffee and a croissant after a walk on the Malecon. How about meeting for coffee in March 2010?

Jules Greer

Hi Jennie, I would love to meet you for coffee at the Paris Cafe - just keep me posted when your trip draws near. Here's my email - julesinprovence@gmail - why don't you drop me a note now and we can begin our friendship today...XOXO - JULES

Cate Salenger

In my opinion, we are fortunate to have learned the lessons of the past pandemics but at the same time too easily controlled by the media frenzies. Personally, it is a conscious decision to not turn on the news in the morning and to focus on more positive energies as I start my day, such as reading this wonderful French Word-A-Day. It's too easy to let the pigs into the kitchen, never knowing how they got in or even figuring out how to get them out. So, I do as our leaders advise - wash my hands in warm, soapy water, and replace thoughts of fear with visions of Can-Can dancers!

Jacqui McCargar

I just had to post a comment on the "swine flu" epidemic. I have a novel way to avoid getting it and my employer helped me, I lost my job! Less exposure that way.
b bientot!

Jacqui McCargar

that should have said "a bientot!" Maybe if the bank gets my house and car I can move to France permanently! It would save me a lot of money...Kristin, need someone to hoe those vines??


You really can't have too much information, and we still don't know what will happen. Perhaps the 'hype' has helped curtail what might have become worse. I'd rather have some hype than no hype. My first cousin was in Mexico when this started, and she eventually made her way back to Canada by bus and then by American Airlines, not the original plan. Prays for you and your friends (and family) Jules. Watch things get back to normal quickly as this passes.


Dear Jules,
I wish you a safe and enjoyable journey back! I have no doubt you'll keep the 'spike' in your spirit. Thanks for Elvis!
I hope normality in Mexico will very soon be bouncing back.

I sort of expected this topic on FWAD. Thank you so much for the video about “la petite grippe de rien du tout, qui se soigne très bien, une grippe de tafiole, ... pas plus grave qu'un rhume des foins”. Excellent opportunity for Stéphane Guillon to describe with humour the French Health Minister, Roselyne Bachelot, and her incredible stock of Tamiflu & masks, her attitude ("une bonne pandémie" being "la chance de sa vie!"). So far, "la grippe porcine" hasn't gone pandemic, and she is extremely disappointed ("hyperdéçue") as she's missed the opportunity to show off her sense of care and efficiency ?! Perfect topic for any stand-up comedian , of course, but... there would be fierce demonstrations against the government if "la grippe porcine" hadn't been taken seriously!
If it is true la “grippe mexicaine” is already receding, then yes, it was all “une grosse alarme pour rien”, driving our attention away from the really alarming "crise financière". Unfortunately, there are no stocks of 'Tami-economy' tablets & 'financial masks' to cure the world economy in tatters...

Knowing your Mum would soon return to Mexico,I was wondering about how the combination of her feelings from departure + “la grippe mexicaine” would translate. I must say the story of the farmer chasing wild pigs (fearful thoughts) and having to fill up the empty & vulnerable space with 'something else' was a remarkable way to underline the need for positive thoughts. Thank you for the story, Jules, and thank you to Kristin, to tell us about it.

Karen Brown

Every year we have a flu season, and every year I think the last figure I heard was something like 31,000 people a year die from the flu. I think that this Swine Flu (and it isn't the Pigs fault either) is media hype - or the CDC is going for funding and need something to help that along. Nothing like a good pandemic to take care of that. I heard today that they are down grading this as a normal variation of the flu that we get every year. Passante said it the best!! Jules have a safe flight home. I cannot wait to hear more of your adventures........I love the Gypsy spirit you have, don't ever change that. You have encouraged us all to express the inner Gypsy we all have.


French Mothers Day is June 7th. We can celebrate twice. Our mothers are worth it. And if I were Mexican I would celebrate Cinco de Mayo in June this year.
As for the media in general, we read and listen to too much of it without questioning the source.
Your photo today is super, a lovely sanglier.

dorothy dufour

I don't often post a comment because I agree with so many of the above and I hate to be "de trop". My husband and I spent 7 winters in Baha and learned to love the Mexicans. My heart goes out to them. Good luck, Jules!

Kristin, gardening is SO satisfying when things go aglay. Just go out and chop off a few heads - something always needs dead heading! I miss it so, in my zero balance vieillesse. Merci pour ta reponse si vite. Cheque is enroute.

Janine Cortell

D'abord, I would like to wish Jules un tres bon voyage. I go to Mazatlan every year and love Mexico and the Mexicans. It is so sad that the current hype has put a hold on tourism which the country needs so badly.
As usual, the media hype is way overboard...I am all for some caution, but this has been over blown.
Kristin, I loved your piggy...and look forward to FWAD each day. Janine


Hola everyone!
I’m Mexican and I live in Austin, TX. I just spent the last week of april in Monterrey, Mexico where all my family lives (in the state of Nuevo Leon, about 2 hours driving from Laredo, TX), so I was able to experience first hand the closing of the schools and some work places and how people is reacting.

I got to say that at the beginning you have the feeling that maybe all this precautions seem too much but I was impressed with how well people reacted and took serious measurements to prevent this virus to spread even more.

I guess the Mexican government could have handle the information in a more “clever” way but I feel they did the right thing by informing people about the virus as soon they were more aware that it was a new thing, accepted that they didn’t have enough information about it at that time and tell people what to do and where to go if they thought they were sick and all the preventive instructions.

The media? I don’t even want to talk about it! It seems we all agree they don’t do a good job anymore.

But what Jules said is also what worries me... imagine this... your children are not going to school, and usually both parents have to work in order to get a better house income... daycares closed... who is going to watch your kids while you go to work? NO ONE! So I saw all this moms very worry about loosing their jobs... on the other hand, specially in Mexico City and the larger cities, with all the closing of restaurants and work places, the cancellation of some flights to Mexico from some countries (no tourism), the discrimination on Mexicans going into other countries and being put in quarantine even when they were not sick at all, the cancellation of orders all over the world to import Mexican products (not only pork), etc... while we are still in the middle of one of the worst crisis that have affected Mexico deeply... ay, ay, ay... not good at all... and we are still in it and unfortunately is going to take a while to recuperate from this “extra” economical punch.

I could go on and on, but what really moved me to comment is to tell you that I appreciate all your kind words and prayers for my Mexican fellows and I guess Jules should tell the story of the farmer in Mexico so they can shake out the negative thinking and leave space for something else... I would say: SOMETHING BETTER :)

Querida Jules, recibe un fuerte beso y abrazo de mi parte y gracias por preocuparte por nuestros amigos mexicanos quienes veo te han adoptado y tratado con afecto en el hermoso Puerto Vallarta.

Con cariño,


Love the post...adore the sassy sanglier (Comment dit-on sassy en francais?)

Yes, too much!...Egyptians should not have killed the poor pigs.
I am glad people wash hands more often. Can't stand people who spit on streets. In overcrowded places like yuk Los Angeles (among other places) cleanliness is very important.

Je vous adore! Et maman aussi!


"Traveling mercies, Jules; it has been good to hear your stories and read your comments and see your pictures.

Thoughts and prayers for all who suffer from the ignorence that abounds in this world, today, especially, our friends in Mexico who are suffering. For the last eight years our government, propped up by a silly, puffed-up media, brought great agony and pain by the bomb/bullet-full into the homes of our friends across the globe.

Prayers for sanity. Prayers for the safety of all leaders everywhere who would serve so that the world can be a safer, healthier more peaceful place. Big Prayers.

Kristin, mille mercis again, for the pig pic.


Do you remember the movie "wag the dog"? It's the one where the government invented a war in a country no one had heard of to deflect attention on other you memtion in your column. The US is now retracting the "close the schools for 2 weeks" bit, as it appeared more than necessary...


What spreads quicker than swine flu? Paranoia.

The government here in New Zealand has had a field day. Yet what concerns me is that more people die of other influenza every year. And the numbers originally depicted of deaths in mexico was incorrect. I feel that it has been blown out of proportion.

Which in turn will probably affect the tourism industry for this country.

I think as long as people are vigilant if they do start feeling sick, theres no reason to assume that swine flu is going to knock them for six.



About a week ago there was an article in our relatively conservative "Sydney Morning Herald", on the front page, of how we need to stock our pantries with basic food, medication and hygenic products enough to last for 14 days. Inside was a further half page article outlining which products were best to get and included water purifying tablets, candles, batteries and a portable radio.....Ha!! Media!!! ( good hint to get the economy started though!)

Jules, when you get home I think you should also stock up, throw the doors open, put Elvis on the turnstyle and have a party with all your wonderful "amigos" and get on with enjoying life!

On a serious note... my heart goes out to the Mexican people who have had to deal with this issue in a somewhat responsible manner and I cannot begin to understand the damage this potential "epidemic" has caused to their economy and ordinary people's lives.
Jules...have a safe and happy trip back home and I am sure you have lots of stories to take back with you!

Karen from Phoenix, AZ

Jules, have a safe and wonderful trip home. I am sure all your friends can't wait to see you. You bring such life to all.

Kristin, we can never get rid of our thoughts, there are none then they are there, we just have to try and not let them rule us. That is when we create havoc for ourselves, when we believe our thoughts.


Kristin, there is something a bit eerie about the photo. I didn't expect un sanglier audacieux / intrépide, walking placidly on light greyish-blue gravel (carpet? colourful tarmac?) - along a pink wall decorated with a few oddly cut stones and offering a niche ornated with some ceramic (or plastic?) flowers...
It looks like a scene from a children's tale. Who is going to pop out of that white door and disturb the neighbourhood? Who is hiding in the woods beyond the house? Is there a "virus" around, fascinated by the black pig, ready to attack it and create havoc in the village?


Deux choses:
D'abord: Mona, for "sassy" on pourrait dire "impertinent", which would apply to the sanglier. Or, for its "full of spirit" sense, "plain d'entrain".
Ensuite: I thought Roger's take on the situation very wise.


Re: 'sassy' (Mona's post)

Hello Leslie,
Plein d'entrain -> full of go / energy / spirit / life.

I agree with your choice of the adjective "impertinent". There is also the adjective "impudent" (= "effronté", "insolent"), but here, a bit too strong for our "sanglier"!
I like "audacieux" and "intrépide" (used in post above).
For a person, "jovial", "enjoué" might be right too → I'm thinking of the young and pretty “guichetière” (27th April Newsletter)

Jennifer in OR

Kristin, about your mom's pig story. I immediately thought of this Bible passage in which an unclean spirit leaves a man, but because the place is left unoccupied (and not replaced with the Spirit of God), the spirit comes back with seven other even more evil spirits and the situation ends up much, much worse than it started.

Here's the Bible passage from the Gospel of Matthew:

Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes, and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation. Matthew 12:43-45

Leslie in WA, in view of the Olympics

On the topic of animals- Kristine, I am doing a unit on animals and the sounds they make, a pig says but what animal makes the sounds ? And what sound does a goose make? I'm more interested in teaching french than talking about la grippe! Thanks so much

Leslie in WA, in view of the Olympics

My comment didn't get posted correctly- a pig says 'groink, groink' but what animal says 'coco codet'? And the goose say ??? thanks again


Hello Leslie in WA,

Le cochon grogne / il grouine
Verbes: grogner, grouiner
Le cochon fait: "groin - groin"

La poule caquette / elle glousse
Verbes: caqueter, glousser
La poule fait: "cot-cot-codec"

L'oie cacarde, criaille
Verbes: cacarder, criailler
L'oie fait:...
Here, I'm not quite sure. I've come across -> "coua-couac...".

No doubt about the ducks ("les canards").
Le canard cancane
Verbe: cancaner
Le canard fait "coin-coin"

Hope it helped.
Bon amusement avec les cris des animaux en francais!


Newforest: These are fun! Thanks for sharing with us what the animals say. This would make a great post. Does anyone else agree? :-) Allez Newforest, more "What The (French) Animals Say". Speaking of which... that "sanglier intrépide" that you mentioned: the photo was taken in our old neighborhood in Les Arcs-sur-Argens. Every once in a while, there would be a sanglier crossing... but, more often, it was the sheep that shared the "route goudronée" (or "colorful tarmac" as you noted) with the locals.


Also a former college professor of applied microbial ecology, I assert that the CDC and WHO are wholly justified in their cautionary statements but underestimate the significance of this outbreak.

1. This new strain is combination of human, swine and avian viruses, just like the Spanish Influenza strain, but it has undergone decades of adaptation that makes it MUCH more dangerous.

2. The initial wave was NOT so benign, as many believe and prattle on about in these blogs. The virus caused both benign and ARDS-fatal symptoms, but the proportion of those who died from complications changed dramatically between the first and second wave.

3. The initial and following waves struck young adults, as did this one, not infants/young children and the elderly, as does the seasonal flu.

4. The US, Canadian and Mexican population is loaded with seasonal flu strains that have acquired total resistance to antivirals. This drug resistance has ZERO to do with use of these drugs, and everything to do with host adaptation that puts North America at SEVERE risk if recombination occurs in swine that are are exposed to both seasonal flu H1N1 and the new swine flu H1N1 strains. Swine are the "mix-master" mammalian species that catalyze recombination under specific conditions.

5. Mexicans experienced lethality that has NOTHING to do with viral genetics, proven out by sequencing of the new H1N1 by Canadian national lab researchers yesterday.

6. Vaccines are futile; at best they will cause a milder form of marginally benign infection in healthy individuals, but will do zip to protect those whose who are highly susceptible.

Jennifer's Biblical quote has elements of biological truth within.

Leslie in WA, in view of the Olympic Mountains

Merci Newforest and Kristin for correcting me on the animal sounds AND taking the time to read all the comments. It's been awhile since I was in France myself, and sometimes the teaching material I get is incorrect, so I try to really research things. This is what I have:
la grenouille- crr!crr!
le coq- coco-rico
le cochon- groink!groink! (yours is groin!groin!
le chat- mia'ou
le corbeau- croa croa
le dindon- glou glou
l'oiseau- cui cui
la sauterelle- cri cri
le cheval- henni henni
l'ane- hi-han
(sorry, mon ordinateur is being difficult and won't let me put in accents, etc)


Mille Mercis a Kristin pour la lecon de vocabulaire!
Et aussi at Intuit et Jennifer!
I feel more educated...


Mona: that's exactly the way I feel after reading everyone's comments -- more educated! Thanks for finding the right words.

Cynthia in France

Hi, Kristin and Jules, I'm coming off the 'wedding high' and checked your blog. I was sad to see that Jules is leaving France, but happy to see she has lots of plans ahead of her. Since we're almost neighbors, I was hoping to meet her one day but perhaps she will return another time and I'll have another opportunity. And
Bernard and I would like to get our hands on some of that yummy wine too. Nice touch with the videos. I'm hoping to get some wedding videos on my blog in the next week or two but the photos/videos from friends and family seem to be trickling in slowly. A bientot! Cynthia in France


great pic!

Ken Boyd

Wow........ the irony of it all !
Wanting to leave France to visit Mexico ???
Good night , I have seen more culture in a
good camembert than in all of Mexico city . Ken


Yikes, Ken, that was awfully harsh. What you're describing is the difference between a tourist, i.e. you and a traveler, the rest of us.
Please be kind. Mexico is a wonderful place filled with hard-working people. I never tire of visiting there. To appreciate its beauty and its culture, look with eyes wide open and a heart open even wider.


To -> Leslie in WA, and anyone interested
Re: Petite parenthèse (digression)
sur les cris des animaux en français -see 7 posts above-

Here is Leslie's list, with correction & extra:

La grenouille coasse – Verbe coasser.
Elle fait coa-coa

Le coq chante – Verbe chanter.
Le coq fait Cocoricoooooo!

Le cochon (see post about pig, hen, goose, duck)

Le chat miaule -- Verbe miauler
Le chat fait miaou

Le corbeau croasse – Verbe croasser
Le corbeau fait croa-croa

Le dindon glougloute / glousse – Verbe glouglouter / glousser
Le dindon fait glou-glou

L'oiseau pépie – Verbe pépier
L'oiseau fait cui-cui

La sauterelle stridule – verbe striduler
Elle fait ksi-ksi
(Le grillon grésille / crisse – verbe grésiller / crisser
Le grillon fait cri-cri )

Le cheval hennit – verbe hennir
Il fait Hiiiiii

L'âne brait – verbe braire
Il fait hi-han

Bonne journée!

Veronica P

Hello everyone.
Mexico is doing a great job looking after themselfs and making sure this does'nt spread anymore. Have you seen the way they are scrubbing EVERYTHING??
The media has gone to far in giving Mexico a bad name and not taking in consideration all the things they've been doing to stop this crazy thing. It makes me sad to see the discrimination from other contries against Mexico. Specialy when Mexico compared to the other places that had been infected took action right away. Mexico started to take "action" with "very low numbers".Other places in the world have more cases now than Mexico and their citizents are not taking the precautions that mexicans have taken. To be honest I would feel more secure traveling to Mexico where I can see people being more careful and are desinfecting and cleaning everything, that other places in the world that prefer to keep things quiet so it doesn't affect it's economy.
Mexico for being honest got a big punch on the face.Goverments arround the world do not want to see that happening to their contries so they prefer to hide things and point the finger to Mexico. They should point the finger to show how "hard" they are trying to keep things under control compared to other countries in the world. Really; I would feel a lot safer tarveling to Mexico right now than any other place. At least I know "right now" it's the cleanest place in the world.

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