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 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
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
Ah, Paris….and Parisians ! Stereotypes about Parisians have feed the imagination of numerous writers and filmmakers. they have long used the French capital as fodder, with the glittering Eiffel Tower serving as a metaphor for all that is supposedly romantic, sophisticated and glorious. (more…)Read More
A French lesson in Saint- Germain-des-Près walking along the charming and narrow streets can be a very effective way to practise your speaking skills. learning French while visiting the galleries and hidden museums of St Germain with your private French tutor will benefit you immensely. (more…)Read More
A French lesson in Le Marais : a perfect setting for discovering Paris in immersion
During a French lesson in Le Marais, you will walk through the narrow streets of the historical Marais and you will stumble upon centuries past. Spread over the 3rd and 4th districts, the narrow streets of historic heart of Paris are rich with a contrasting trendy and traditional population, while the wonderful patina of the 16th and 17th-century buildings is sharply enhanced by the designs and colors of as many boutiques. The 4e arrondissement, the Marais’s glitzier section, stretches between the Place des Vosges, one the city’s oldest and most romantic squares, and the provocatively multi-colored Pompidou Center, the sprawling modern art gallery towering over the centuries-old mansions of the area.
The rue des Rosiers is still a major centre of the Paris Jewish community where delis and bakeries sell kosher food and falafels. Our visit of the neighborhood include the wonderfully-restored Musée Cognaq-Jay, the Musée Carnavalet. During your French lesson in le Marais, you will discover the garden of the magnificent Hôtel de Sully . The northern half of Le Marais in the 3e arrondissement houses art galleries, trendy boutiques, and funky cafés and bars off the tourist track.
Improve your speaking skills in French while strolling in Paris
One of the best ways to discover Paris is on foot. Even better, let your French tutor show you around and teach you French at the same time.With our french lesson in Le Marais, you will discover Paris of the beaten tracks. A private French course is not necessarily held all the time in a classroom and in addition to one-to-one formal lessons, Paris can become your classroom. To practise your conversational skills and gain confidence while speaking French, try a guided tour in French with French à La Carte and discover Paris off the beaten tracks.
- Find out about the history of Paris across the centuries, and at the same time, Parisian culture. The itineraries we offer will reveal the multifaceted nature of Paris.
- Practice your language skills: vocabulary, understanding, speaking, accuracy. While strolling through Paris with your tutor, you will be corrected and encouraged: the best way to improve your level of French.
Feedback from Students
Anna Lucia Aidar, Work supervisor, Brazil:
Vanessa Bellendir was the best part of my trip while I was in Paris. Staying in Paris is already great, but having you as a private French teacher and a guide through places that any tourist would never go to was terrific. I really had so much fun with our classes that I did not see my month passing by this summer. After going to Paris so many times, now I really can say that I know the city from a “Parisian” point of view. So, I really hope to be able to take your walking classes very soon again. Thank you for that great summer! (July 2015)
Why everything is closed in Paris in August ?
Paris in August is a ghost town. The Parisians have left and the tourists have taken the city over. On the first day of August, Paris starts to empty out as everyone takes a month off for les grandes vacances.
Passing in front of several family-owned shops you will find signs in the stores’ windows such as “en Vacances…Retour en Septembre, etc.” Paris in August can be a real struggle for tourists. Nothing serious is possible before September and la rentrée. One must know this and plan accordingly.
Many restaurants have stacked their chairs and put down the blinds. Except in the highly touristic places, bistros are closed, museums change their hours, and the best-laid plans can be foiled. Although it can be slightly annoying to find your local boulangerie closed, it’s nice to discover another side of Paris, less congested. Stroll in the desert streets of Paris on a sunny morning or have an early morning walk in Le Jardin du Luxembourg and you will be totally won over. Take a walk at night in a pittoresque parisian area far from the crowd, and enjoy the fact that you won’t be disturbed by the noisy atmosphere of cars, pollution, … Of course, it’s not as if Paris is completely abandoned by Parisians but you will make this experience unique as long as you decide to escape from the touristic spots and accept the fact your expectations in terms of service might not be entirely satisfied.
Learn more about French culture while improving your French
French “à la carte” offers customized one to one French lessons to meet your needs, your learning style and your scedule. If you are interested in learning more about French culture and traditions while improving your language skills, call or contact us here to organise private French lessons in Paris with a French tutor in Paris.
Where to picnic in Paris ? If you’re in Paris in spring or summer, you’ll pretty quickly realize that as soon as the sun starts to glimmer, Parisians grind into picnic gear. Whether on the grass or with a view of the water, there are picnic spots for all tastes in Paris.
Since the sun and warm weather are not with us yet you will have to be patient !
Here is our selection so you can enjoy a relaxing time with your friends…
Do choose the right location
Here’s the lowdown on some of great places to picnic:
-The Champ-de-Mars, 7ème: the unrestricted view of the Eiffel Tower and the elegant buildings surrounding it attract tourists and Parisians alike. It is an ideal place for the young and cosmopolitan to picnic. 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 7th district. Metro: Ecole Militaire/RER: Champ-de-Mars.
Another great idea in the 7th district: the Avenue de Breteuil has lawns which are ideal for a picnic. Avenue de Breteuil (7th). Metro: Saint-François Xavier or Duroc.
– Buttes Chaumont, 19ème (Plus: largest park in Paris with trees, waterfalls & a lake. Minus: hilly and thus lots of potential for spillage & bottle rolling).
– La Seine (Plus: picture postcard setting. Minus: loud tourists on boats, the occasional wandering bum.)
– Bois de Vicennes (Plus: huge and green with lots of trees, 2,458 acres to be precise – that’s 3 times bigger than Central Park & 4 times bigger than Hyde Park. Minus: Far away from the center of it all (in Parisian terms) and beaucoup de getting-lost opportunities).
– Bois de Boulogne (Plus: same as above, although a little bit smaller with its (still very) respectable 2,090 acres. Minus, doubles up as Paris’s red light district at night!)
Are you interested by the places where to picnic in Paris ?
French “à la carte” offers you the opportunity to organize a picnic in one of your favorite Parisian spot while improving your conversational French. If you whish to practise your French, one of our private French teacher in Paris can set up a tailored lesson.
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