One of the things most expats learning French are afraid of is… to speak French! Do you fear to be ridiculed or misunderstood when you try to speak la langue de Molière? (For those who wouldn’t know, he was the French Shakespeare!) That is absolutely normal and part of the challenge of learning a new language. Good news: there … More Pardon My French!
Have you ever said something in French which provoked the opposite reaction of what you were expecting? You most probably committed a slight faux pas, which literally means ”wrong step” in French! We discussed that embarrassing/hilarious topic at our last French Friday, Le printemps à Genève. The lovely participants and I realised that it is perfectly … More Parlez-vous français? Non merci!
January 2017: I am soooo going to improve my French language skills this year! April 2017: Je ne parle pas français, désolé(e)! Some might feel discouraged or disempowered after a few days, weeks or months of giving French a try. That is absolutely normal! I felt just the same when I started learning English, German, and Italian. There will inevitably be moments … More Don’t Give Up!
“Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies.” John Q. Tullius Are you tempted by the chocolate bunnies smiling at you in every shop at the moment? I must confess that since I moved to the country of Toblerone, Lindt and Läderach, I now turn my nose at Cadbury and Hershey’s chocolate bars… But quality over … More Les plaisirs du chocolat
Did you know that the word printemps comes from the old French prins, which means premier (first), and temps (time)? Yes, springtime is here: the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the idea of sipping a cool drink on a terrasse is getting more and … More Le printemps en musique!
8 March celebrates the International Women’s Day. As for Valentine’s Day, I always wonder why we need a special day to celebrate love and women. Don’t you think they should be revered every single day? I certainly do! Throughout history, there has been innumerable women, famous or not, who, by their actions, made a huge difference … More Vive les femmes!
Thomas Berger said that the art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. If you already know how to introduce yourself, talk about your life in general, and answer basic questions in French, you are now ready to delve into a deeper form of knowledge: the art of asking questions. A great … More To Dare Is To Do
I have always been une grande amoureuse de la langue française. I love the music of this language, its innumerable words and expressions, the ideas which are conveyed with them, and most importantly, the powerful attraction granted to those who know how to use them well. If I had to choose the best romantic text ever … More Le French Kiss
I recently attended a lovely networking event during which a new entrepreneur group called Genuine Women was launched. Despite its name, most of the group’s events are taking place in French and welcome both male and female entrepreneurs. They are a fascinating bunch of passionnate travailleurs indépendants! The Art of Networking is no easy feat. Over the years, … More The Art Of Networking
Ah, février, mois de l’amour…! Aren’t we all happy to leave behind January’s cold weather and post-holiday fatigue to embrace February’s sun and nature’s revival? I am not a big fan of the commercial fuss surrounding la Saint-Valentin as I believe we should be celebrating love all year round, but I felt like spreading some love en … More L’hymne à l’amour