Debunking the French Stereotype

July 19, 2017



Are French people really drinking red wine all day while smoking cigarettes and cursing Americans? Not so sure! In her new piece, Coucou student Lydia digs into five of the biggest French stereotypes. I came upon a cartoon recently that was so obviously a depiction of a Frenchman it almost hurt. What gave it away? The beret, […]

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The Coucou People Series: Cheryl Donegan, Artist and Coucou Student

June 20, 2017



We interviewed some of our most loyal and interesting students to find out how they first became interested in French, what they have gained from classes at Coucou, and what ideas they want to share with fellow students of the language! Our first interview is with Cheryl Donegan, an accomplished artist as well as a longtime […]

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Remarkable Women of France – Marie Curie

June 13, 2017



In the final installment of the Remarkable Women in France series, Lydia explores the scientific contributions of Marie Curie and reflects on modern perceptions of French women. By: Lydia Yale Marie Curie is a very French name for someone born Maria Skłodowska in Poland. While an ever patriotic Pole, her French name, education at the […]

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Remarkable Women of France – Édith Piaf

May 25, 2017



In this post, Lydia looks at the unorthodox background and musical success of French chanteuse, Édith Piaf. By: Lydia Yale If you aren’t familiar with this name, I’d like to bet that your parents or grandparents would be. While most famous for the legendary song “La Vie en Rose”, Edith Piaf lived the kind of […]

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Remarkable Women of France Series – Simone de Beauvoir

May 25, 2017



In this series, Coucou student Lydia delves into the great contributions of French female historical figures beyond fashion icons, analyzing the accomplishments of Simone de Beauvoir, Edith Piaf, and Marie Curie. By: Lydia Yale The other day I was shopping around New York City when a clever sales associate caught my ear. An uncertain shopper […]

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NYC French Events in April and May

April 12, 2017



Here’s a round up of French cultural events to check out around New York over the next few weeks. Let us know if you have any to add to the list! April 13th 7:00-9:00pm Screening of Francofonia (2015) “What happens to art when a nation goes to war? Francofonia attempts to answer this question, through […]

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French Interactive Storytelling Session

December 31, 2016



Join us on Sunday, April 30th from 4:30-6:30pm for a new storytelling workshop with instructor Sharang Biswas. Please email coucou@coucoubrooklyn.com to register.  Space is limited so reserve your spot today! cap: 5 students *This event is open to intermediate and advanced level students only   Description Stories are one of the oldest ways of transmitting […]

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NYC French Events to check out in January and February

December 31, 2016



Here’s a round up of French cultural events to check out around New York over the next few weeks. Let us know if you have any to add to the list! Saturday, January 21st, 12pm (discussion & screening), 1pm (screening only) The Met: Live in HD: Roméo et Juliette Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo star as […]

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French Practice Resources from Around the Web

November 17, 2016



Check out this collection of podcasts, applications, and websites to help you practice and improve your French outside of class! Let us know if you have any others to add to the list. Podcasts (All available through the Podcast app!) Coffee Break French: This extensive podcast series consists of 4 seasons containing 10 lessons of […]

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