Jean-Marc turned the big five-oh! Here he is in his childhood stomping grounds: the calanque of Sormiou. You are seeing a nice view into Marseilles, from this angle. In the very background you can almost make out Notre-Dame de la Guard. TODAY'S WORD: Cinquante : Fifty Il a cinquante ans = He's 50 EXAMPLE SENTENCE & Sound... Read more →


Sugiton calanque--a.k.a. "Les culs nus". I asked friends if the term was okay to share. "Ça depende..." they answered, giving an acceptable, harmless alternative ("Cul-cul" pronounced "kew-kew"). Read on, in today's story, and thanks for sharing this post with a friend. TODAY'S WORD: la calanque : rocky inlet : cove : creek Try Mastering French Vocabulary with... Read more →


I searched my photo archives for a picture of "fumée" or "feu", when this popped up. (The lace symbolizes smoke and the little red mailbox, fire?) Ah well, it is much prettier than the scene that took place here last night.... (Photo taken in the town of Ramatuelle, France) TODAY'S WORD: la fumée : smoke panache de... Read more →


From planting the vines to pressing the grapes.... It is a great pleasure today for Jean-Marc to present to you his first Provence rosé. (photo of Jean-Marc and our son Max) TODAY'S WORD: LA FEUILLE : leaf; sheet EXAMPLE SENTENCE La vigne commence à donner un peu de fruit dès la troisième feuille (Ampelographie Française) The vine... Read more →


I just discovered a stash of photos taken in La Ciotat, the town in which we hope to move on July 29th. Let's use the photos to go on a stroll and discover this lively seaside town--while learning several more vocabulary words along the way. We begin with a sleepy minou and a rainbow truite (poisson? requin?),... Read more →


Today's folk remedy may also work for sea urchin spines. Ouch! Aïe aïe aïe! TODAY'S WORD: une écharde : splinter "un petit fragment qui pénètre dans la peau" (wordreference.com) "a small fragment that penetrates into the skin" Try Mastering French Vocabulary with Audio MP3 EXAMPLE SENTENCE & Sound File Listen to Jean-Marc read the following sentence. Click... Read more →


Our first bottles of Mas des Brun Rosé just made it to Houston. You can get some at our very good friends French Country Wines. Check with them as they could also ship, depending on where you are, to other cities. Cheers! TODAY'S WORD: la promesse d'achat : promise to buy Want to speak French fluently? 30-Day... Read more →


Allez, Hops! is a new "cave à bière" you don't want to miss when in Nice! Located at 15 Rue Défly, it's up the street from the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain Want to speak French fluently? 30-Day French will teach you everything you need to know to speak French on your next trip to France... Read more →


Making parsley pesto. In today's post I make another kind (without parsley): Pesto Manqué (find out what's missing...) TODAY'S WORD: au pifométre - or simply "au pif" : at a guess, by guess work, off the cuff, off the top of your head EXAMPLE SENTENCE: Au pif. Les grands chefs cuisinent au pif. By guesswork. Great cooks... Read more →


I have no yoga pictures to illustrate this post. How about photos of water--something needed during our first yoga class! Here's a thirst-quenching body of water-La Seine, in Paris! TODAY'S WORD: orteil (m) : toe le gros orteil = big toe le petit orteil = little toe la bague d'orteil = toe ring Say arrondissement the French... Read more →