Featured Blog Posts – March 2012 Archive (23)

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Le Cannet and the Chocolate Festival and Room for Dinner

Just what is a "Cannet" and why am I even going there in the first place? Good questions. A week ago I was in Beaulieu-sur-Mer recovering from a fishing expedition with my friend Luc. Suffice to say it truly was an "expedition" and after a sumptuous feast, I felt I needed a week's bed rest. I eventually regained sufficient strength and was…


Added by Richard H. Rogers on March 29, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Win Two Tickets to Kaïssa upcoming concert ! Gagnez deux tickets pour le prochain concert de Kaïssa!

Hailing from the Republic of Cameroon and its vibrant culture, Kaissa has become an unmistakable representative of African music to the planet. An aural artisan whose music paints a lush, vivid picture of the ever-changing world around her, Kaissa’s voice simultaneously showcases warmth, appreciation, struggle and…


Added by Kaïssa on March 27, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

New Hit: French song "Zou Bisou Bisou" (for Mad Men fans...)

"The centerpiece of the Mad Men Season 5 premiere is a song sung by Don Draper's young wife Megan (Jessica Paré), in full-on sex kitten mode, to Don, in front of many friends and coworkers, at his 40th birthday party. It's a catchy little number, with French lyrics (Megan is from Montreal, as is Paré). This being Mad Men, though, one has to ask: Why this song? Does it have some deeper meaning? Does it foreshadow what's to come this season"?

To read…


Added by Nathalie Charles on March 26, 2012 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

La Saison des plages est presque là

Il y a quelques très belles plages sur Long Island qui sont accessibles en voiture et par le Long Island Rail Road. Les plages sur la rive sud de Long Island sont sableuses tandis que les plages sur la rive nord sont rocheuses. Maintenant la mer est très froide.  Elle se réchauffe lentement.  Elle est à son plus chaud en août.  Malheureusement…


Added by Gerry on March 25, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Serions-nous victimes de notre langue ?

Bon courage ou enjoy? En Amérique, il est très rare d’entendre les gens se plaindre. De retour en France, c’est le rituel du Bon courage ! qui interpelle quotidiennement. Expression pour le moins surprenante. De quel courage parlons-nous ? Je n’allais pas au front à la guerre que je sache ! L’équivalent…


Added by nathalie monsaint-baudry on March 24, 2012 at 6:24am — 3 Comments

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Swordfish Niçoise - Espadon à la Niçoise

Fishing for dinner in the high seas off Beaulieu-sur-Mer


Added by Richard H. Rogers on March 22, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

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My Transatlantic School: the future of education?

Who hasn’t had to make up an imaginary penpal to write to? Most of us can relate to that school experience, especially when learning languages. But My Transatlantic School is something else: imagine instead that the classroom extends beyond its physical borders and opens a door onto the world. You can do that in just a few clicks…actually, in the era…


Added by Linda Hanssler on March 21, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Victory at the “Festival Première Scène”, we won the Grand Prize again!!

For the last three years, I’ve been teaching theater in French at the “The Language and Laughter Studio”, a multicultural center founded by Pascale Setbon. Three years that the children and I have been participating to the annual Festival Première Scène.Three years that we’ve been winning the Grand Prize!


“The Festival…


Added by Stephanie Fribourg-L'Oiseau Bleu on March 21, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Searching for my American Dream

Camp Timberlake was an all-boys camp, which was part of a group of camps grouped under the generic name of Farm and Wilderness Camps. There were a total of seven camps including Indian Brook, an all-girls camp, Flying Clouds, a camp that specialized in trips and life in the wilderness. There was also the Barn Day camp for younger children.…


Added by Etienne A. Kouakou on March 18, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

A New York par Léopold Sédar Senghor

New York ! D'abord j'ai été confondu par ta beauté, ces grandes filles d'or aux jambes longues.

Si timide d'abord devant tes yeux de métal bleu, ton sourire de givre
Si timide. Et l'angoisse au fond des rues à gratte-ciel

Added by New York in French on March 16, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

What's playing in New York? FrenchScreens in NY - March 15-28, 2012

Various locations around NY

Filming the Camps: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens: From Hollywood to Nuremberg is curated by…


Added by Nathalie Charles on March 15, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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Breton Fish Stew or La Cotriade d'Armor

My most interesting coastal culinary journey finally comes to an end with a final stop at a well known seaside resort in Brittany.  While my dispatches from the front lines were well received, the credit card statements arrived at the office earlier than I had hoped which lead to my being recalled stateside. It has been a fulfilling journey…


Added by Richard H. Rogers on March 15, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Sous les ponts de .......... New York!

Avec les 2nd grade, nous avons travaillé sur le thème des ponts en social studies. Les élèves ont découvert certains ponts de Paris, puis certains ponts de Perpignan (que leurs correspondants connaissent bien). Tout ceci sous forme de diaporama.

Puis, chacun a été invité à dessiner son pont préféré, ou un pont imaginaire, puis à s'exprimer sur ce qu'il y a…


Added by Marie-Pierre Serra on March 15, 2012 at 8:04am — No Comments

A Language en Vogue: As French loses its place in U.S. public schools, in New York City it thrives.

The Curwin girls, ages ten, eight and six, move between French and English the way their figure skates glide over ice. Their parents have to stand outside the rink. Roxanne Mendoza, their mother, understands about half of what they say when they talk among themselves or with their French-speaking nanny, one of several the Curwins…


Added by Monica Burton on March 15, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

French Invades New York

As a language teacher, I know that speaking two or more languages is a blessing. The more avenues we have to reach out to one another, the better off we are. Being bilingual or multilingual increases both cognitive ability and our ability to stay abreast of news and trends across the globe. Being able to enjoy music, films, and other cultural works in another language adds interest to…


Added by Anne on March 15, 2012 at 7:52am — No Comments

Festival Focus on French Cinema - March 23-25, 2012

Focus on French Cinema 2012 opens the weekend of March 23- 25, 2012 with a selection of 12 newly released French language films. Presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich in partnership with Purchase College, NY, Focus on French Cinema will feature a weekend of great films, French Food and wine, workshops and a Table Ronde with our guests that have come from France. 

Check the calendar of…


Added by Nathalie Charles on March 14, 2012 at 9:49pm — No Comments

French Radio on your mobile phone in 9 languages

I had already posted a blog post when RFI had launched its service in English and French on mobile phones in 2009. The service is still on, and working well, and RFI has just launched the broadcasting of news bulletins in six new languages: Farsi, Hausa, Mandarin, Chinese, Spanish, Swahili and Vietnamese.  Thanks to this service, anyone can…


Added by Géraldine Durand on March 13, 2012 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

French dual language program @ PS 58 The Carroll School

PS 58 The Carroll School was the first school to open a French dual language program in New York City in 2007.  With the wonderful commitment of our students, their families, the New York City Department of Education and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the program has grown year after year.  We now host the largest French dual language…


Added by Marie Bouteillon on March 13, 2012 at 11:00am — 4 Comments


Within the last couple of years I have been giving tours of The Bronx (not the entire borough mind you, but that is the ultimate goal). It began with giving tours to French friends and colleagues of my wife; then last October I gave tours to family from Lyon; and just two weeks ago to a couple more friends. The tours have been consisting of walking along the Grand Concourse, which still has…


Added by Brent Wilkins on March 12, 2012 at 11:13pm — 2 Comments

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