I was reading one of my favorite cooking magazines the other night when the title of an article jumped out and slapped me in the head.
It read, in big bold letters: Entrées!
It referred to main courses.
In France (it’s a French word, after … Continue reading.....
In French, one’s in-laws are called ‘belle-famille’.
Sister-in-law is ‘belle-soeur’; brother-in-law is ‘beau-frère’.
Mother-in-law is ‘belle-mère’; father-in-law beau-père.
Belle/beau means beautiful, lovely or handsome.
The same words are used, in extended families, to refer to a stepmother, stepfather, … Continue reading.....
Nurse: We’re going to put votre mari to sleep.
Me: (Thinking: I’d really prefer you didn’t. He’s not that old or sick…. and I have rather a lot of uses for him yet!)
Me: (Speaking) What?
Nurse: He’s having surgery on Monday. The doctor wants … Continue reading.....
One thing no one ever tells you about when you are learning a language: Phone calls are impossible.
When you are talking, in person, to another human you can each see each other's expressions, hand movements, blank stares, etc. That's all taken out of the … Continue reading.....
It's heartwarming to know that lumping people into erroneous stereotypes is a universal phenomenon.
When we lived in Ireland we were always known as 'the Yanks', but in Andorra and here in France we are normally assumed to be British, 'les anglais'. After all, we … Continue reading.....