La nourriture

by Becka
December 22, 2011

France is famous – and infamous – for its cuisine; stories of ‘chocolat chaud’ (hot chocolate) sipped with a freshly-baked croissant in a little cafe by the Seine are more appealing to most than ‘les cuisses de grenouille’ (frogs’ legs) and ‘la viande de cheval’ (horse meat) ‘engloutis’ (wolfed down) for lunch in a grotty brasserie.

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Tutoyer and vouvoyer

by Becka
December 8, 2011

Before I moved to France one month ago, I had no more real experience of talking French, to a real-life French person, in a real-life situation, than asking for a crêpe in Disneyland Paris when I was 14. Once French becomes the language you speak all the time, rather than three times a week in

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Les transports

by Becka
December 2, 2011

Because I am an ‘écologique’ (environmentally-friendly), responsible member of society, and perhaps only a little as a result of my chronic failures to pass my ‘permis de conduire’ (driver’s licence), I rely quite heavily on ‘les transports en commun’ (public transport) in France. I have occasionally used the ‘cars’ (coaches) and ‘bus’ (buses), but mostly

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Noël

by Becka
November 27, 2011

Seeing as it was the first Sunday of ‘l’Avent’ (Advent), today I went to a ‘marché de Noël’ (Christmas market) in a little village ‘du coin’ (in the area). They were selling lots of little craft items, which could be given as ‘cadeaux’ (presents) for Christmas, and the whole thing was very quaint! You could

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La vie campagnarde

by Becka
November 22, 2011

As it was put to me by a French friend, I live ‘entre le milieu de nulle part et rien’ (between the middle of nowhere and nothing). Needless to say, this friend lives in a ‘grande ville’ (big town) and doesn’t quite appreciate the ‘agréables’ (pleasant) aspects of ‘la vie campagnarde’ (rural/rustic life). I quite

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Au lycée

by Becka
November 15, 2011

Since coming to France, I have been working as an ‘assistante d’anglais’ (English assistant) in two French schools. The first school where ‘je bosse’ (I work, slave away) is a ‘collège’, which approximates to an English secondary school, but without ‘la seconde’ (Year 11). The second is a ‘lycée’ which is a bit like English

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Le cirque

by Becka
November 14, 2011

Yesterday I had the chance to go to the ‘cirque’ (circus), French style! It was great to be in the ‘chapiteau’ (big top) eating ‘de la barbe à papa’ (some candyfloss), surrounded by the circus atmosphere! I found that the main difference between French circuses and the English circuses that I’ve seen was their reliance

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Le “Slam”

by Becka
November 8, 2011

This week, I’ve had somewhat of a French cultural induction; ‘je suis allée au théâtre’ (I went to the theatre). Despite being in a small town, there are lots of professional ‘spectacles itinérants’ (itinerant shows i.e. shows which travel from theatre to theatre) which come to put on their shows here, far more so than

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