Words in A French Life

Words in A French Life

Lessons in Love and Language From the South of France

Book - 2006
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Imagine a former French major getting vocabulary tips from her young children! That was the experience of Kristin Espinasse, an American who fell in love with a Frenchman and moved to his country to marry him and start a family. When her children began speaking the language, she found herself falling in love with it all over again. To relate the stories of her sometimes bumpy, often comic, and always poignant assimilation, she created a blog called "French Word a Day," drawing more admirers than she ever could have imagined.

With an approach that is as charming as it is practical, Espinasse shares her story through the everyday French words and phrases that never seem to make it to American classrooms. " Comptoir " ("counter") is a piece about the intricacies of grocery shopping in France, and " Linge " ("laundry") swoons over the wonderful scent the laundry has after being hung out in the French countryside while " Toquade " ("crush") tells of Espinasse's young son, who begins piling gel onto his hair before school each morning when he becomes smitten with a girl in class.

Steeped in French culture but experienced through American eyes, Words in a French Life will delight armchair travelers, Francophiles, and mothers everywhere.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2006.
Edition: First Touchstone edition.
ISBN: 9780743287296
Characteristics: xvi, 284 pages ;,20 cm.


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Sep 18, 2018

This is a delightful little book, and excellent for expanding your French vocabulary, and French expressions. Each chapter is a few pages of some day with her family, her son who loves to correct her French and thus becomes her editor, her daughter, and her husband, in little vignettes of French life. Quite interesting. I loved it. FIVE STARS!

Apr 06, 2012

Fluffy book with an underlying depressive tone -- author feels inferior to those around her and continually seeks reassurance of worth from her children. Short chapters are suitable for quick daily peruse. Bit of a downer overall.

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