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French Christmas Food

French Christmas Food

Christmas in France is a great time of family reunion where three things dominate: 1-decoration of the house, 2-presents, mainly for the children, and 3-… the meal!

For the Christmas meal, great care is taken with the decoration of the table. In Provence, it is traditional to cover it with 3 white tablecloths, in reference to the Trinity. Some even add 3 lit white candles in candlesticks and 3 saucers of wheat germ. Continue reading

Discover French Christmas traditions

Discover French Christmas traditions

There are the key traditions in Provence, as in nearly all countries in the World.

First there is Father Christmas, with his white beard and red cape, his sleigh and his reindeer. In his current form, he has taken over from Saint Nicolas, still celebrated today in several European countries as well as in the north and east.

There is also the Christmas Tree, decorated and illuminated, Midnight Mass for practising Catholics, the nativity scene and the renowned family meal.

However, in Provence Christmas would not be complete without santons, small figurines of all the characters in a traditional village … carpenter, baker, shepherd, etc.

To all of this is added a wide variety of culinary traditions, as well as stories and entertainments.

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Learn French with this Christmas tale Father Christmas is not late, by Roland Lecoint

Learn French with this Christmas tale Father Christmas is not late, by Roland Lecoint

For ages, Father Christmas received letters, letters and more letters. They came to him from all over the planet. However, he had never taken a letter to other people.

That spring, Father Christmas was bored. Therefore he decided to change to change jobs to become … a postman! He got himself hired at the Celestial Post Office and became the postman from the clouds. For months he had a good time carrying packets and envelopes to the four corners of Heaven and Earth. He was very happy. One day however, as Christmas approached, a small child turned up begging him to turn back into … Continue reading

Christmas, what is it?

Christmas, what is it?

It originates from Roman times, before being Christianised. As such, it was celebrated for the first time in Rome in the year 336. In the Middle Ages, it became one of the most important Christian festivals. It then spread to the rest of the world in the course of colonization and contemporary westernization. In several decades it has changed significantly. Not celebrated as much as a religious festival anymore, it has kept all its magic nonetheless. Above all a children’s festival for children, for adults too, it is the festival of dreams and hopes, of love and peace for everyone.

Do you want to learn French by this method already successful in Canada?

Do you want to learn French by this method already successful in Canada?

You are welcome at SL Immersion Belvedere.

The AIM approach is effective and fun:

For the teacher a bit of theatre, flexibility and a lot of attention: for the pupil a good focus and guidance through the hands of the teacher

Plenty of energy and trust built up between teacher and pupil.

Here is what I offer using the AIM method from Canada.

No book, no paper and pencil, just follow the teacher’s hands. You will be able to say French phrases perfectly without effort, right from the first lesson.

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Grape harvest in France

Grape harvest in France

« Vendanges »
This refers to the harvesting of grapes intended for wine production. The word is Latin in origin and made up of the words vinum (« vin ») and demere (« retirer »). The same Latin origin gave the name « vendémiaire » to the first month of the Republican calendar (1792 – 1806). It corresponded to the period 22nd September to 21st October. Another peculiarity of this word is that it is generally expressed in the plural. Continue reading

Having a problem learning French?

Having a problem learning French?

We have all known the worries of a completely new language.

Are you scared of speaking French? Try first to understand in what way and why. Fear of not being able to? Of making mistakes? Of not being understood? But no! Always tell yourself that you are a learner and already deserve praise! Tell yourself there are also French people who speak their own language badly! So always keep smiling, because it is by making mistakes that you really learn! Continue reading

Learn French? Yes, but how?

Learn French? Yes, but how?

Here are 10 tips to learn French fast

1. A little bit, yes! But EVERY DAY!
Practice regularly is the best way to … learn!
Beware the excuse “I have not got time”!
10 minutes are ALWAYS easy to find.
Choose the right time with calm and concentration!
2. A song?
When you do not feel “available”
(tiredness, lack of concentration, ambiance, etc.),
take a break and treat yourself to a song in French!
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A poem for the 14th July (from French original)

A poem for the 14th July (from French original)

A poem for the 14th July (from French original)How sweet it seems, my beautiful Republic
Where many winds died down a long time ago,
When from our harsh suns to a hundred northern plains
Robespierre and Danton once enemies became friends.
How beautiful it seems, my France of folk tunes,
Which can dance to a thousand accordions,
While from our villages to the borders of Paris
A single people celebrates in good heart and with a single soul.
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14th July, national celebration in France, what is really being celebrated?

14th July, national celebration in France, what is really being celebrated?

The 14th July is very often associated with the storming of the Bastille in 1789. It was indeed in the morning of that day that an angry crowd seized this prison-fortress and brought its destruction. However, it was a year later on 14th July 1790 that another event took place, the Festival of Federation. Besides being the first anniversary of the fall of the royal prerogative, this marked the national merging of the regional units of national guards, formed in each of the French provinces.

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