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31 October 2017

In this free exhibition, photographers Xavier Dauny et Guillaume Martial display their pictorial exploration of the landscape of France. Their photographs, although rooted in reality, are adapted and enhanced by different shooting, printing and editing techniques, leaving images which hover between the world as we know it and the… Read More

Metro-Expo-Resto #11

31 October 2017

Situated in the heart of Paris, the metro station Concorde has seen millions and millions of people pass through it, from all walks of Parisian life. In 2013, it received 7,176,639 passengers; that’s nearly the whole population of Hong Kong!… Read More

Châteaux of the Loire Valley

31 October 2017

Take this fantastic opportunity to discover the fairy-tale châteaux of the Loire Valley, stepping back in time to explore France’s royal past. Read More

Chauds les marrons

31 October 2017

Idioms are a vital part of every language for they add colour and imagery to your speech, therefore making it more expressive. Learning idioms in a foreign language will allow you to communicate in a much more natural and authentic way. Read More

Mon enfance

31 October 2017

The French singer Monique Andrée Serf, who went by the stage name Barbara, was renowned for her often melancholic songs about memories of lost lovers and past experiences. Read More

Toolkit: Au Parc

31 October 2017

When working as a Babylangues instructor, going to the park is a fun way of adding a bit of variety and excitement into the children’s learning. However, it can be quite a daunting prospect, especially if you cannot read the French signs. Therefore, we have put together this language toolkit to help you navigate the park with success!… Read More

Les Catherinettes

31 October 2017

In France, on the 25th November, unmarried women, referred to as ‘catherinettes’, would often be given strange hats and headdresses to wear for the whole day, which would use the colours green (symbolising wisdom) and yellow (symbolising faith). In this way, as well as hoping that they would eventually get married, women would celebrate those amongst them who had reached… Read More

French Film: Les Quatre Cents Coups

31 October 2017

Les Quatre Cents Coups (1959), the first - and largely autobiographical - film of famous Nouvelle Vague director François Truffaut, follows the exploits of a rebellious Parisian boy, Antoine Doinel, as he tries to negotiate his way through the injustice and coldness of the adult world… Read More

French Book Recommendation – Madame Bovary

30 October 2017

The debut novel of Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (1856) soon became notorious in contemporary French society for its supposedly scandalous content, and was the subject of a court case through which the author was accused of producing an affront to public morals. If that isn’t an incentive to read it, I don’t know what is!… Read More

Tomber dans les pommes

27 October 2017

IDIOMS Idioms are a vital part of every language for they add colour and imagery to your speech, therefore making it more expressive. Learning idioms in a foreign language will allow you to communicate in a much more natural and authentic way. While grammar and vocabulary are the building blocks of a language, these expressions will make you sound like… Read More

Être une vraie girouette

27 October 2017

Idioms Idioms are a vital part of every language for they add colour and imagery to your speech, therefore making it more expressive. Learning idioms in a foreign language will allow you to communicate in a much more natural and authentic way. While grammar and vocabulary are the building blocks of a language, these expressions will make you sound like… Read More

The Kids Are So Much Fun!

27 October 2017

The family is so nice and welcoming and the kids are so much fun. They formed an attachment to me really quickly (as did I to them!). I loved being able to teach them English as part of their daily lives. Read More

Coq au vin

27 October 2017

Coq au vin is a signature dish of French cuisine as it combines numerous ingredients that are typically associated with France such as chicken, mushrooms, and red wine. Read More

Aligot

26 October 2017

Aligot is a traditional dish that has its origins in the region of l’Aubrac in southern France. The story goes that aligot used to be a soup, consisting of stock, bread, and fresh Tome, which was made by monks and served to pilgrims. Read More

French book recommendation

23 October 2017

The novel ‘La Naissance du Jour’ (Break of Day) by French writer Colette is a favourite in the Babylangues office as an example of feminist literature. Read More

Focus on … Beth

20 October 2017

Some of you may know Beth as a member of our recruitment team here at Babylangues, but what you might not know is that she is also the illustrator of the drawings that appear on our social media posts. Read More

French Book Recommendation

16 October 2017

The novel 'Bonjour tristesse' follows its teenage protagonist, Cécile, through the fateful weeks which mark the end of her childhood and the beginning of her adult life. Read More

Soupe à l’oignon

6 October 2017

Now that the nights are drawing in and the days are getting colder, we thought that we would share a recipe for a classic French Onion Soup with you, to help warm you up in the approach to winter!… Read More

French Tradition: Les Vendanges

6 October 2017

Autumn marks the begining of an age-old French tradition. Les vendanges, the wine harvest, is a time of physically demanding work but has also given rise to various celebrations across the country. Read More

Week-end en Belgique

2 October 2017

Why not take the opportunity to explore a different French-speaking culture by joining this weekend trip to Belgium, complete with canals, chocolate and beer!… Read More

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