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Our fall reading list

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Our fall reading list

L'automne est un deuxième ressort où chaque feuille est une fleur    -- Albert Camus  ("Autumn is a second spring where each leaf is a flower”) September has arrived and with it comes our favorite season!  There is so much to love about autumn:  The harvest cooking.  Hiking in the mountains.  Scenic drives through landscapes exploding with color.  And cool, crisp weather following summer's heat. It is also a great time for settling down with a good book--traveling in the mind's-eye perhaps to remote corners of France—from the comfort of one’s armchair and in the warm glow of one's fireplace.   In the spirit of harvest-sharing, we want to share some fall reading recommendations: Mastering the Art of...

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Sapristi! Combien de dialectes? French dialects and French regions

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Sapristi! Combien de dialectes? French dialects and French regions

  Map of the French-speaking world.  By aaker (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Interesting fact: Only one quarter of the world's French-speaking population lives in France.  One quarter!  So, when we refer to "French regions" we're really talking about a global network of places, peoples and cultures, each with its own unique landscapes and climate--but all connected through their shared communication in French.   Another interesting fact: Just as English is spoken (and sometimes spelled) differently from one region to another, so the French speaking world is also very linguistically diverse. It includes French-influenced dialects that took shape outside of France in former colonies and historic...

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My father's Alsatian Christmases

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My father's Alsatian Christmases

In the 1950s, my father spent every Christmas in Alsace with his grandparents.  Every year, he took a train with his family from their home in St. Denis-en-Bugey, a town in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, to Hochstatt, a little Alsatian village where my grandmother’s extended family lived.  She had grown up there on the farm where her family had lived for generations.  Her parents spoke Alsatian, a French-German dialect, along with some German and a smattering of broken French.  As a borderland between Germany and France, Alsace is home to a unique blend of French and German culture, including its unique...

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