Category Archives: Learning French

The Madonna Complex

“Ooooh la la, man,” my friend proclaims loudly at the bar. I am with an expat friend from Central Europe and complaining about a horrific exchange I had with the administrator at a French language school “Mais oauis,” I respond. … Continue reading

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Fake it to Make it

I’m standing in the middle of my gynecologist’s office as she moves a chair to put it against the door.  I’m not quite sure who we are barricading it against but I’m glad to know that if the killer from … Continue reading

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The TV3 Interview…

Okay, so I am being a slacker this week and instead of writing a post I am just going to post the link to the TV3 Interview that featured BreadisPain last November.  Please enjoy my television awkwardness and inability to … Continue reading

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Who’s on French?

My brain at times has a devious nature (exhibit a: http://breadispain.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/the-beau-reve/).  It is not particularly cooperative…never wanting to remember the names of movies I like and always forgetting exact statistics. Not to mention the fact that my Brain is constantly … Continue reading

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Chatty Chats

Found: French dog*. I am sitting on the metro, ready for my thirty minute ride on the way home from French class (ugh).  I always sit in the same seat on the second level with no neighbors**; I like to … Continue reading

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The Old Woman without a Clue

I’ve been taking yet another French Intensif Course, this time at the University, and until today it has been an exercise in humiliation.  Everyone in the class is about 12 years old 20 years old and have been studying French … Continue reading

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The Beau Reve

People say that when you begin to dream in another language that you are really starting to get it.   I suppose this shows that the new language has finally made enough of an impact on your brain to be able … Continue reading

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Capitaine France!

The French make a lot of sounds.  I’m not talking about pronunciation of their language, such as the elusive “r” sound or little things they say like “voila” and “oh la la”.  I mean, we all know about those because … Continue reading

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The Luck of the “Quoi”

“You are just guessing now,” MB says.  “You aren’t even attempting to work it out in your head.” “No, I’m stupid, obviously.  Just stop trying to teach me; it’s pointless.” MB is rolling his eyes at me.  “Eh,” he says … Continue reading

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You Speakin’ in English?

On an afternoon out with a one of our recent visitors, we were walking down the street speaking in English.  At one point, we wandered by a group of young men, all speaking in French, as we got close, one … Continue reading

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