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Oh baguette, my French love!

One of the better known icons of French food, “bread”.

  Children grow up with being responsible for buying the family bread while the elderly get a breath of fresh air outside their homes by visiting the bakery. Every meal is adorned with more than one variety of bread...

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French survival phrases

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” said Charlemagne.

Well, surprise surprise (or no surprises there for the ones who know)… “wee” is “Oui” which is for “yes in French” and “mercy” is actually “merci” and they are just thanking you in French. French phrases could sometimes throw you...

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Leading the world to a change the French way!

Yellow chequer…and the French take the trophy for these inventions!

The French have touched our lives in many ways and in many areas – the way we live, work and play. Knowingly or unknowingly they are a part of our lives. Here’s to acknowledging the most influential inventions, courtesy à la...

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ABC’s of picking a good bottle for a wine newbie

Speed date with wine – The swirl, the sniff and the sip…

You think back to all the times you have seen people sipping on wines in movies, holding it up across the light, swirling it around and speaking in wine lingo and you end up thinking wine is a complicated elixir! Don’t be...

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The great French love affair with la vie Américaine

Why do many French people live in the US?

The number of French people residing in America is increasing and the reasons of the move are worth musing over. We’ll look at some reasons for the Gallic flocking on the American lands. The first baby steps… A religious movement...

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Funny French caricatures

Line drawings about the French as perceived by the rest of the world. Maybe…maybe not!

    It is said that, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. So we’ll let them do most of the talking here. Fair warning though…these are stereotypical and musings of the common mind. Don’t let them offend the Frenchie...

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French etiquette – Day to day do’s and don’ts

The guidelines to avoid a faux pas in the French society.

  “La poiltesse” reigns social behavior amongst French as does formality. The way you act, talk, dress, eat… everything is more formal as compared to American standards. The following tips are handy to avoid being stamped...

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Pardon my French!

Things not to say in French to save yourself from embarassment.

Sometimes in the process of learning a language, we may say something with the right intention and right words only to imply something totally different in the spoken language. French has these pitfalls for new learners as well...

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The 100 best French movies ever- Part 2

On hearing “Je ne regrette rien” for the first time, had Edith Piaf exclaim, “You’re marvelous! This is exactly what I’ve been waiting for! It’s incredible! It’s me! That’s my life, it’s me.”

  So, continuing with our list of best French movies from last week, here are our recommendations –Take 2. Get your popcorn ready! 1. The City of Lost Children (1995) La Cité des enfants perdus A movie that began winning a...

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