Cultivate your French un petit bout à la fois

An entrée into language that is both dinner and dessert

Des petits trésors that amuse and instruct

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Why an Artichoke?

Artichoke header“Cœur d’artichaut, une feuille pour tout le monde.” Our informal approach to French language, literature, and life, embodies this 19th century maxim. An artichoke can be served in various ways, from appetizer to main course, to which we say tant mieux. We’re hoping to satisfy all kinds of appetites here, since there are at least as many leaves as there are kinds of learners.

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Chat NoirCurious about words and their origins? So are we, which is why we’re fans of Merci Professeur. Or how about hearing what Cécile thinks of “Head in the Dirt” on a radio show called Le Baladeur? There’s a world of French out there and helping you find that special podcast or the right regional cooking show on TV5 can be as delightful as finding the plastic fève in a galette des rois.

Stop Beating Yourself Up

IMG_0329 statueMaybe you did a year abroad in college or studied French in high school and you mourn the lost ability to speak and understand. Your eyes stays glommed onto the subtitles during a French film, but classes seem too scary, expensive, or both. Is there a way to approach this language and culture minus the fear factor? We think so. Stick with us for a fresh learning experience.

The Promise of Pleasure

IMG_0311Back to that artichoke — getting to the heart of things isn’t always simple, as any learner can attest, but strip away those tough outer leaves and there’s a tender heart to enjoy. We’re not promising overnight fluency here, though if you want to keep your enthusiasm for French alive, you’ve come to the right place. Our premise – and the promise we emphatically make — is that of pleasure.

  • Whether we’re smitten with a passage in a novel or grappling with a sticky colloquialism embedded in a pop lyric on YouTube, we think there’s something for everyone to sample, no matter what their tastes happen to be.

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