Paris Quotes (France, La Seine …)

Paris Quotes (France, La Seine too) To be Parisian is not to have been born in Paris, but to be reborn there. — Sacha Guitry ... here's what Paris is: it is a giant reference work, a city which you can consult like an encyclopaedia: whatever page you open gives you a complete list of information that is richer than that offered by any other city. Take the shops... in Paris there are cheese shops where hundreds of cheeses, all of them different, are displayed, each labelled with its own name, cheeses covered in ash, cheeses covered in walnuts: a kind of museum or Louvre of cheese... Above all this is a triumph of the spirit of classification and nomenclature. So if tomorrow I start writing about cheese, I can go out and consult Paris like an enormous cheese encyclopaedia. -- Italo Calvino in Hermit in Paris Two days and three endless nights later we arrived in Paris... Paris looked much bigger than Bordeaux, but much uglier. The bread tasted flat. Everything, even the sun, seem…
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Horse puzzles – horse play

Here are 2 horse puzzles, games based on Horses that we put together for the kids next door to whom we were "teaching" English over the garden wall during confinement. I stood up on a ladder to see over the top and they were in their front court. It was pretty funny to see. They enjoyed having some authentic conversation although they had trouble with my "odd" US accent as opposed to the British one they hear in school. It was a welcome distraction for us all. It was tricky to select a "program" as there are 3 girls ages 10 to 17 to entertain and challenge. They have such different levels of English amongst themselves and of course there is the age difference between them and me in terms of knowledge and pop culture. But I figured out that they like to ride horses. So one lesson was centered on horses and their "homework", sent by paper airplane over the wall, was these two puzzles and this nicely done worksheet which includes word searches and lots of horse vocabulary that…

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Learn French! Speak Easy puzzle: Grin and bear it!

Speak Easy puzzle: Grin and bear it! Learn French! Enjoy this Speak Easy puzzle of expressions in English with the words BEAR in them. The word Bear refers not to just the animal, it is also a verb meaning to carry a weight (to bear, past tense bore). Then there is the homonym bare an adjective or verb for being naked. See if you can match the English expressions up with their French equivalent. It's a fun way to learn some new idiomatic expressions to enrich your vocabulary. This Speak Easy puzzle comes from volume 1 of a series of three books of 48 puzzles available on : https://store.fusac.fr or at the FUSAC Book Room (a new place you just have to discover!) 42, rue du Chemin Vert, Boulogne, M° Porte de Saint Cloud Hear the story of how John and Lisa encountered a grizzly bear in Yellowstone Park. Bonus Vocabulary Grizzly is a large North American species of bear also known as a silvertip bear. French = Grizzli Grisly means disgusting and bloody, absolutely repulsi…
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Speak Easy Puzzle of Idiomatic expressions: To hit your Stride

Here's a Speak Easy Puzzle with terms that refer to mobility: creep, slither, romp... have fun and hope you make "great strides" in your language skills with some new Idiomatic expressions. Idiomatic expressions are the colorful part of language and it is only in learning a few that you'll start to sound and feel like you speak well.

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Political symbolism in France and the USA

Political symbolism in France and the USA explained: Left, right, blue, red, donkey, elephant, Democrats, Republicans ? Why do we use the terms LEFT AND RIGHT to designate political ideas in France or associate the colors blue and red with political parties? First it is interesting to note that in France blue is the color of the more conservative party - the right and red the less conservative or left. In the United States the colors are inversed red being conservative and blue being less so and so the press speaks of blue or red states according to their voters penchant. Also we must remember that a democrat with a small "d" is one who is an advocate of democracy and a republican is one who believes in a republican form of government. In others words most of us are both democrat and republican! Here's a short description and history of some political symbolism in France and the USA. Droite-Gauche: Using left of right to designated an ideology is a usage that dates from the…
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Giant numbers – just try to count that high!

1000 billion or one trillion? It's the same thing, but it depends who you ask. In any case they are gigantic numbers. While reading an article recently in the French press I saw the figure 1000 milliard and wondered why the journalist used that method for writing the figure, why not use trillion. In any case they are gigantic numbers. Well come to find out the French, the British (who finally agree on something) and most of the rest of the world have different words than the U.S. for expressing these giant numbers (what else is new when it comes to measurement?!). To try to understand the terms here is a list of them. As you will note the system for naming numbers used in the U.S. is not as logical as that used in other countries (like Great Britain, France, and Germany). In these countries, a billion - bi meaning two and -llion referring to million - logically has twice as many zeros as a million, and a trillion (tri means three right?) has three times as many zeros as a mill…
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Perspectives

  Today we present two views - different perspective on cultural differences from the American and French points of view. Both authors are long-time residents of Paris, one American and one French and have spouses from the "other side". Perspective I The Art of the Enigmatic excerpt from the chapter  Savoir-Vivre :  Life as an Art Form in Joie de Vivre : Secrets of Wining, Dining, and Romancing Like the French by Harriet Welty Rochefort  (St. Martin’s Press) http://harrietweltyrochefort.com/wordpress/ If there’s one thing that can drive an American, a German, or a Swede straight up the wall, it’s lack of clarity. Where are we going? What are we doing? Has the game plan been spelled out? We of the northern cultures love the clear-cut, the unam- biguous, the definitive, and the specific. Not the French. The French may be world experts on form, but conversely they are comfortable in situations that are vague, and ill at ease in situations where all is spelled out to the…
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