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French Letters

French Letters

How to be a ‘bon voisin’

April 1, 2014 by Mel

Following my earlier post on la politesse, here are some real-life examples of how far the French will go to remain polite while telling off their neighbors. They may lose… Read more…

Categories: France, French, French life

Accent on the ‘you’

March 22, 2014 by Mel

I’ve always been a sucker for an accent. My ear contorts with delight to tune in the voices of people who hail from places near or far, New York to… Read more…

Categories: Culture, France, French, Language

La politesse

March 9, 2014 by Mel

Or how to charm the pants off the French We Canadians are known for being polite. Sorry, we’ll say, every time we even come close to bumping into anyone. When… Read more…

Oh, Canada!

February 11, 2014 by Mel

Ask any Frenchman what country he would most like to visit and chances are Canada will be at the top of the list. He will likely even tell you that… Read more…

Categories: Culture, France, Holidays

Public toilets: Beware la Sanisette!

January 26, 2014 by Mel

My mother always told me to beware of public toilets. I was never quite sure what I was supposed to be wary of – bad smells, germs, lurking perverts? Still,… Read more…

Categories: France, French life

Meilleurs voeux

January 1, 2014 by Mel

The expression of ‘voeux’ or wishes for the New Year is something of an art form in France. One that leaves me feeling a little lost. I never know what to… Read more…

Categories: France, French life, Holidays

Etrange and étranger

December 27, 2013 by Mel

The words for strange and foreign are almost the same in French. This says something about how people from other parts are perceived here. It also explains how I felt… Read more…

Categories: Culture, France, French life

Carton Rose

December 10, 2013 by Mel

This highly coveted piece of paper will soon be an artefact. The French government has announced the phasing out of the old pink ‘permis de conduire’, fondly referred to as… Read more…

Categories: Culture, France, French life

Snow warning

November 28, 2013 by Mel

How five centimeters of snow turn the fearless French into a bunch of sissies My belle-mère (mother-in-law) called early one morning with the breaking news: “’Have you seen what’s happened… Read more…

Categories: Culture, France, French

Avoir du chien

November 20, 2013 by Mel

The French bulldog became my preferred pet just as France became my country. The first time I saw those perky ears, I thought they were funny looking. The second time… Read more…

Categories: Culture, France, French, Language