Claire Lerognon

Posts by Claire Lerognon

Summer High

The tomato sauce needed more sarriette, so I hurried down to the cellar, where bundles of the dried herb hung from the ceiling, neatly lined up. Just when I was reaching the base of the stairs, a man opened the house door as if he were chez lui. No ringing, no knocking, but a sunny T’es pas d’ici, toi, he? when he caught sight of me. His familiarity was amusing, and an obvious part of le personnage: a short sturdy man in his late 60s with a moustache framing narrow lips and a big — very big — mouth. I bet Read More

Faute grave 5: A Singing Cure

Dear Walking Wounded, I was the first to admit it: Gainsbourg’s proofsinging was a poor recommendation. Please accept my apologies — and please, do consider this one last musical attempt at cheering you up. Let me start by introducing Rebecca Manzoni — or, rather, by giving François Busnel the floor, as he welcomes her on the set of Si on lisait. “Notre experte en grammaire… (elle) vous réveille tous les jours à 7h20, 7h22 sur l’antenne de France Inter avec ce que j’appelle une véritable bulle de poésie en musique.” Every morning indeed, Manzoni’s fresh, delightful prose on music takes you Read More

Cla(i)r(e)fication — Et quelles salades!

France has just elected its youngest president — and one whose salades are most delectable. No sarcasm here. Nothing but an homage to Emmanuel Macron’s way with the French language.

Read More

Serge Gainsbourg

Faute grave 4: Serious Proof … singing

When you listen to a song, which comes first: words or melody? Not something I gave much thought to until I came across “En relisant ta lettre” again. Everyone, pretend I didn’t ask and listen.

A site by and for teachers

T’enseignes-tu? A site by and for teachers

For a few years now, T’enseignes-tu? has been a hot spot for the FSL teaching community worldwide to rendezvous, learn, and chat. Its name, a funny-looking question unless you’ve traveled to Québec, fait d’une pierre deux coups.

A Political Weather Forecast

Last week’s headline of the French satirical newspaper Le Canard enchaîné ruffled feathers left and right — as it should have.

Read More

1 2 3 4 5
All original content on these pages is fingerprinted and certified by Digiprove