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

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Compte à rebours

The days of August are numbered. What better way to pretend you’re in Paris for the final countdown then to watch a swell little film posted by a website called My Little Paris? A French friend twigged me onto this website some time ago. An English version exists as well, but pas de tricherie! It’s fresh, definitely lighthearted, and a great source of French vernacular expressions and Franglais. Slow summer, anyone? But back to our film and a word I couldn’t get out of my mind after repeated viewings. Turns out a ventilo is not only a fan but a fashion 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

Pepé je peux

Now that Claire has patiently corrected one of my spelling errors pour la énième fois, I’ve decided to take the bull by the horns. Or the skunk by the tail. How is it that I always opt for je peut instead of je peux? 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

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Dans le brouillard 1: salades politiques

Just when I was wondering whether food was a hot topic during round one of the recent French elections, along came Stéphane Bern, an animateur at France 2, with an answer. Read More

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