What You Need to Know about Learning French as a Second Language

Pont des Arts Paris

Learning French as a second language is a never-ending journey. Then… I started learning French in elementary school, continued through middle school and high school, then stopped. Why? Because the French language frustrated me. My interest in France was tainted by the fact that I couldn’t distinguish imparfait from conditionnel, plus-que-parfait from conditionnel passé, the proper […]

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17 Things I Learned While Living in Paris

If you told me last year that I would be living in Paris, I wouldn’t believe you. I always wanted to live in Paris, but I didn’t think I would ever be able to do it after I graduated from university and no longer had an opportunity to study abroad. I thought I would be […]

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Trial by Fromage, Learning the Art of the French Meal

Farfalle with White and Green Asparagus and Tomatoes

I wasn’t prepared when I experienced a French family meal for the first time—it happened to be the first time I met my boyfriend’s family, less than 72 hours after landing in France. To say that I was nervous would be an understatement. I fought every impulse to reach over the table and keep the […]

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How to Shop the French Market (Almost) Like a Parisian

Going to the French market has taken my interest in food to an entirely new level. Don’t get me wrong, the Aquidneck Grower’s Farmer’s Market in Newport still has a very special place in my heart, but the concept of shopping at the French market for an American is an incredible sensory experience. I’m fortunate […]

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