La Parisienne: A lighthearted take on the 1O golden rules to behave like a Parisienne and French vocabulary related to character
I might be in trouble writing this post! I am a Parisienne (OK not 100% as I only have been living here for 20 years) spending half of my time with foreigners. After all, I am a French tutor. With my hybrid status, let’s say I am a “sort of Parisienne” and not thoroughbred! I’ve lived in Paris long enough to list 10 golden rules to behave as a Parisienne woman. In this week’s post, I’ll give you an overview in terms of style, attitude, culture, behaviour of what it really means to be a true Parisienne. I also introduce French expressions and vocabulary related to the character of “La Parisienne. “Read More
A stroll in Saint-Germain-des-Près and French vocabulary related to this neighbourhood
There is no better way to improve your conversational French than walking around and immersing yourself in Paris. This morning, I meet up with one my Australian students Kerry in Saint-Germain-des-Près. Located on the left bank of La Seine river, it is a picturesque setting characterised by gorgeous centuries-old churches, high fashion boutiques and art galleries. In today’s blog, I will share with you French vocabulary and expressions related to this mythical neighbourhood. Also, at the same time I’ll help you discover the hidden gems of this legendary district. Read more and enjoy!Read More
French language, Paris
French Immersion in Paris: foodie related vocabulary and the top 4 food markets
Paris is a city that has a food market for everybody. Experience quintessential French food, as well as fragrant spices of a diverse cultural blend of countries. Paris counts more than 90 Food Markets. In this week’s blog, we share with you some useful expressions relating to all things food. We’ll share what we believe are the top 4 food markets to visit, and how much fun an immersive two-hour tour can be with a dedicated and experienced private French tutor in Paris.Read More
Are you a chocolate and pastry fanatic? If not, after visiting Paris, you are pretty much guaranteed to join the Pastry and Chocolate fan club! If you are soon travelling to France are you planning to enjoy delicious chocolates and pastries? Why not try out some French with our handy pastry and chocolate vocabulary.Read More
French Etiquette- 10 Essential Tips
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, you may have heard this often without paying attention to this expression. In this age of globalisation, it is truer than ever. Living or travelling in France requires tact and adaptation to manners and to the French etiquette. French à La Carte has listed 10 tips that will hopefully be useful if you live in France or even if you just have short social interactions with natives in shops and restaurants. My expat students often comment how incredibly helpful strangers and waiters are when you at least attempt to say a few words in French.Read More
Paris 5 best bakeries and bread related French vocabulary .
In Paris where the official “pain” is definitely the Baguette, this iconic bread is part of most Parisians’ daily routine. Have you sampled some cheap baguettes in Paris yet? When it comes to delicious, freshly baked bread, there is a wide range of other types of baguettes including slow-rise, gluten free. Not to mention the plethora of different types of Baguettes! You may be used to just asking in French for “une baguette” simply because it is the only one sort of bread that that you know in France. In today’s blog, I will share with you in useful French vocabulary and expressions related to the boulangerie (bakery). Also, at the same time I’ll share with you the 5 best boulangeries in Paris. Read more and enjoy!Read More
French Culture, French language
French Vocabulary and Politics : Some Background On The Presidential Election and phrases to know.
The first round of the 2017 French presidential elections will soon be held in less than a week now. Suspense! If you are an expat in France, no doubt that you will certainly discussing the election with French friends. In this post, French à La Carte shares with you a bit of background relating to the presidential election and also some French election vocabulary to help you to follow the news. Better yet, to give your opinion while debating fervently about politics.Read More
French lesson immersed in the Poplar French perfume world, and a peek into the latest trends in Fragrance.
When it comes to the art of perfumes, France ranks as exceptional, and considered to have produced best popular French perfume in the world, mostly thanks to many of the greatest names in the perfume industry. Chanel, Christian Dior, Hermes. However recently there has been a seismic shift.Today’s blog discusses what has changed. We also share with you some important French vocabulary relating to perfumes and guide you in discovering the best places to explore the fascinating world of French perfume in Paris.
But let’s first look at those sexy French Adjectives to describe a perfume to get you in the mood! (more…)Read More