French Recipe: Ratatouille du Mazagran

May 12, 2016



French cuisine may not be known for being particularly healthy—Julia Child famously said, “The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook”—but ratatouille is perhaps that rare exception. But with something this delicious, health is merely an afterthought. Ratatouille is a Provençal dish of stewed vegetables, typically tomatoes, […]

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French Learning Resource: Flashcard Machine

May 10, 2016



Do you find yourself learning new French words all the time but not for the life of you being able to memorize their meanings? While flashcards are a tried-and-true method of learning vocabulary, they can be cumbersome to make and carry around. How can you integrate French language flashcards into your busy routines? Enter Flashcard […]

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L’Astrologie: What French Dish Are You?

May 10, 2016



Here’s how astrology can be pragmatic: by telling you what French dish you should eat next. Or which French dish most mirrors you, existentially. Because, yes, you can peer into a vol-au-vent and see your soul. (Image details at the end of article!) Bélier (Aries): Escargot This super-rich, warm, buttery, garlicky appetizer is not for […]

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Here are the 10 Best French Films on Netflix Now

May 10, 2016



Watching films is a superb way to learn French, and luckily for those with access to a Netflix account, there is a rotating slew of Francophone options available for all tastes, with and without English subtitles. Here are some of our favorite French-language films currently available on Netflix, with a focus on films released in […]

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Who Knew These Celebrities Speak French!

May 10, 2016



For a little motivation and amusement, here’s video run-down on some of the Anglophone world’s most famous speakers of French. Enjoy! Angela Davis Bradley Cooper Marlon Brando Mic Jagger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLANOPirnb8 Jane Fonda John Kerry Johnny Depp Jodie Foster Joseph Gordon-Levitt Hugh Laurie Audrey Hepburn

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Recipe: Aligot

May 10, 2016



Aligot is made of five ingredients, all with a similar hue: mashed potatoes, cheese, butter, cream, and garlic. Homogeneity is never a good thing, but aligot is an exception to the rule. Hailing from the Midi-Pyrénées region of Southern France, particularly in Auvergne, aligot is smooth and silky, somewhere between a fondue and your grandma’s standard […]

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Cover of the Day: “Pour te dire je t’aime” – Dalida (1984)

May 29, 2016



“Pour te dire je t’aime” – Dalida (1984) from Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called (to Say I Love You) Moving back to the 80s, we’re brought to the incredibly talented and fabulous, but equally as tragic singer Dalida, who committed suicide 1987. An Egyptian-born, Italian-French singer who recorded in at least 10 languages, Dalida has sold over […]

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Cover of the Day: Cesar et Les Romains – “Splish Splash” (1965)

May 29, 2016



“Splish Splash” – Cesar et Les Romains (1965) “Splish Splash” – Bobby Darin (1958) This one needs little introduction: these wayward Québecois offer a very literal North-of-the-Border take on the Bobby Darrin hit with cheeky dance moves and sailors outfits thrown in for good measure. A Canadian yéyé group, Cesar et les Romains created their roots, […]

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Cover of the Day “L’amour c’est comme une cigarette” Sylvie Vartan

May 12, 2016



Skipping around now, let’s take a look at the 80s in France, which were just as mystifyingly bizarre as the 80s in the U S of A. — Jetons maintenant un coup d’oeil aux années 80 en France, qui furent tout aussi bizarres et déconcertantes qu’elles ne l’ont été aux US. “L’amour c’est comme une cigarette” – […]

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