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Bonne Année: How to say Happy New Year in French

Santa Clause climbing balcony in Sicily (c) Kristin Espinasse

Photo taken on New Year's Day. May we all follow le Père Noel's example, here, and keep reaching for the next foothold in the 2011. As we see, in the image above, a closed door is no more than a good impetus to go searching for a better way in! There are so many inlets leading to our BIG DREAM. May we not be discouraged, but persevere in the new year. 

Bonne Année! Happy New Year!

Je vous présente tous mes voeux de santé et de bonheur pour 2011. Best wishes for a healthy and happy 2011.



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just penneys

This is such a fabulous thought to start the new year off with!
Wishing your every dream come true!

Diane Scott

Blessings to you, Kristin, and to all your family in this New Year!
Love, Diane


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! May it be a great year for you and your family!

Candy in SW KS

Wishing you and your family the very best of 2011! When do you leave for Mexico? I know you and JULES will have the grandest of times together! Safe travels, my dear. Bises! Candy

Karin (an alien parisienne)

What a great photo and sentiment to go with it! Thank you for being a good example of what hard work, finding footholds, and continued perseverance is. I appreciate so much what you have accomplished with your work, your writing, your motherhood, and overall cool-factor. :)

A very Bonne Année to you and yours.

Jeri Famighetti

Bonne annee a vous et a tous vos lecteurs!


Bonne Année Kristin !

Barbara Andolsek Paintings


Joan Delise

You are such an inspiration! Bonne Annee

Elizabeth Jones

Et a vous aussi, Kristin, et votre famille!
Elizabeth Jones
Charlotte, NC


Have a wonderful year full of open doors. Happy New Year.

Elizabeth MacKay

Merci, Kristan et a vous et votre famille!

Ophelia in Nashville

Bonne année a toute la famille Espinasse et un grand merci pour tous les mots d'inspiration.

Ron Axium (aux EU)

i LOVE YOUR WORD -A-DAY BLOG. My only problem is that accented words come across as english substitions and for a beginning/intermediate student, I can not always determine the correct accent without some effort to discover the correct word. I don't know how to solve that problem but find that I cannot send accented characters or other language alphabets without gibberish on the document. I sent some greek greatings to a friend with disasterous results. A PDF is the only way to solve my problem. Thanks for your kind attention in this matter.


Bonne année !

What a fun picture! I was just talking with un Français who was saying how popular these Santas are becoming in France. Thank you for the visual!

Hank Sweet

Happy New Year Kristin to you and yours.
Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog.

Jules Greer

Happy New Year Kristi,

Here's to many great stories in 2011.



Julie F

Bonne Année, Kristin, et de bonheur. I love these balcony-creeping Père Noëls you've given us. But I especially love the laundry shot. So French.

Raleigh R. Pinskey

I wish for you, your family and your extended family all that you wish for yourself. Waving to you from Carefree AZ.

Joanne Fischer

And may all YOUR dreams come true this year too! All the best a new year can bring to everyone!

Karen from Phoenix, AZ

Very Happy New Year to you and your family.

Happy New Year to all the FWAD followers.


Stacy, Applegate, Oregon

Such a lovely opening to a bright new year. I am grateful you are a part of my life and blessed by the delight the sharing of your gifts brings to me and so many. Here’s to dreams…sweet, new, old, big and small!

Wishing you, yours and the FWAD family a Joyous year!

Lisa Denise

Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family! Thank you for your wonderful news letter & French lessons!

Marcia J. Yanshak

Please, please reinstate the pronunciation
part of your lesson. Listening to a native speaker is invaluable. Words must be used in a sentence with proper intonation if one really wants to speak French (like a French person). Repeating one word over and over again is too basic.

Sandy maberly

Kristi, here's wishing you, JM, Max and Jackie a wonderful start to the New Year and beyond. I look forward to following the antics of la famille Espinasse during 2011!

Christine Dashper

Merci Kristin. I wish you all a wonderful 2011 and merci also for the encouragement to continue to follow our dreams. Bon chance for your dreams also!

best wishes

Karen Hadley

Thank you for your little slice of life from a far-off land. You enrich our lives with variety, creativity and novelty. I'm sure Smokey would add a big slobbery kiss if he could. I wish you much successful writing, publishing, wine-making and family-raising.

Pat Cargill

Mille mercis dear Kristin et Jean-Marc, Max et Jackie for allowing us a peak into your lives. And--how could I forget!--to Braise and Smokey R.Dokey a big "yip-yip-hooray!" for your antics and escapades and the flat- out adorable pictures of you in 2010.

May 201l bring la famille Espinasse your hearts' desires. From a sunny and unseasonably mild Roanoke.

Julie Schorr

Bonne année à toute la famille Espinasse!

Susan Carter

Happy New Year to you, Kristen and all your family and readers. Made my reservations today for a three week trip to Paris in June and July and I can't wait.


Happy New Year. I am so glad that i am back on line- i have missed the site and the blogs. Having just got back to Dubai from la maison secondaire in Aups- experiencing a lovely xmas and new year there....visiting Colmar and Allos and walking in the snow- i must admit i am glad of the warm sun again.I have also just completed La porte tordue- an excellent book to recommend.

Rina Rao.

Thankyou, Kristin.
A Very Happy and Peaceful New Year to you and your family.
Take care.



Bonne Année à vous. You have been such an inspiration and a wonderful teacher throughout 2010 and I'm looking forward to your stories and following "the family-Espinasse" throughout 2011. Mille merci.

Jennifer in OR

Happy New Year, Kristin and family!!

The first gift I opened on Christmas morning was my absolute favorite, and what a surprise!! Two bottles of Rouge-Bleu!! (2008 Dentelle) My husband found the wine shop in Portland that carries it, had it sent here, and voila, I will never be the same! It is AMAZING, and I think there were 1,000 tiny Frenchmen dancing in my mouth as I sipped it, it was that distinct and eloquent!! Give Jean-Marc my regards and raves on his good work!

Audrey Wilson

To you & yours Kristin, 'Bonne Année et Bonne Santé !

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