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Discover … Lyon

Publié le 22 November 2017

Lyon, the ancient capital of the Gauls, the historical capital of the European silk trade and, nowadays, the apparent gastronomic capital of France, clearly has … Read More

Journée en Champagne

Publié le 22 November 2017

Coming to France is one thing, but getting a true insight into its heritage is another! Enjoy a day of luxury, tasting the finest champagnes … Read More

Toolkit: Christmas Shopping

Publié le 22 November 2017

Christmas will soon be upon us, a thought which turned our minds to the annual task of finding and buying presents for one’s friends and … Read More

Intraduisible #18

Publié le 22 November 2017

Mise-en-abyme is one of those expressions that seems to crop up all the time, especially in academic writing, but whose meaning is a bit of … Read More

Metro-Expo-Resto #12

Publié le 22 November 2017

Break out of the mould of “métro, boulot, dodo” (a French expression that, translated literally, means “Métro, work, sleep”) and get ready for “Métro, expo, … Read More

December Events

Publié le 22 November 2017

This month, Paris gets excited for Christmas: it’s the season of hats, gloves and seeing your breath in the cold mornings, lights twinkling in the … Read More

Bûche de Noël

Publié le 22 November 2017

The ‘bûche de Noël’ is a traditional dessert that usually terminates the Christmas dinner in francophone countries and dates back to the Middle Ages. Read More

Christmas Song: ‘Vive le vent’

Publié le 22 November 2017

'Jingle Bells' is one of the most famous Christmas songs of the English speaking world. Its popularity encouraged author and actor, Francis Blanche, to translate … Read More

FRENCH BOOK RECOMMENDATION: LA PLACE

Publié le 20 November 2017

Author Annie Ernaux’s 1983 work La Place explores her father’s life trajectory, from impoverished child to owner of a small épicerie, charting the social and … Read More

Focus on … Annabelle

Publié le 16 November 2017

It is the individuals that make up our Babylangues Community and each of them are all so talented, we feel that they deserve an article … Read More

Intraduisible #17

Publié le 9 November 2017

The adjective décomplexé is taken from the infinitive form décomplexer, whose meaning is formed from the prefix dé-, connoting removal or separation, and the noun … Read More

Transparency and Responsiveness

Publié le 8 November 2017

I would definitely recommend Babylangues, and have already told friends that it is a great agency to work with because of its transparency, responsiveness and … Read More

Metro-Expo-Resto #11

Publié le 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 … Read More

Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Publié le 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

Discover … Angers

Publié le 31 October 2017

Although today it may be overshadowed by the likes of Paris, Bordeaux, Marseille or Lyon, the historical city of Angers, located just north of the … Read More

Chauds les marrons

Publié le 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 … Read More

Mon enfance

Publié le 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 … Read More

Toolkit: Au Parc

Publié le 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 … Read More

French Film: Les Quatre Cents Coups

Publié le 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 … Read More

Tomber dans les pommes

Publié le 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 … Read More

Être une vraie girouette

Publié le 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 … Read More

The Kids Are So Much Fun!

Publié le 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 … Read More

Coq au vin

Publié le 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, … Read More

Aligot

Publié le 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 … Read More

French book recommendation

Publié le 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 … Read More

Focus on … Beth

Publié le 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 … Read More

French Book Recommendation

Publié le 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 … Read More

Soupe à l’oignon

Publié le 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 … Read More

French Tradition: Les Vendanges

Publié le 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 … Read More

Week-end en Belgique

Publié le 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

French Book Recommendation

Publié le 29 September 2017

In Chronique de la dérive douce, Haitian-born author Dany Laferrière recounts the events and experiences of his first year in Montreal after escaping the dictatorial … Read More

Metro-expo-resto #10

Publié le 11 August 2017

Corvisart, in the 13ème arrondissement in Paris, serves the Parisian metro line 6. This station takes its namesake from la rue Corvisart that can be … Read More

October Events

Publié le 11 August 2017

While the summer may be technically coming to a close, events and good deals around France are certainly starting to heat up. The French may … Read More

Discover … Dijon

Publié le 11 August 2017

While we may all know about Dijon for its mustard, the town has a lot more to offer. Do not miss the covered market, otherwise … Read More

Visitez le nord

Publié le 11 August 2017

Join in on this Erasmus weekend to discover Normandy and Brittany. Warning: crepes, galettes, cider, lighthouses, seafood and breton fun included! … Read More

LA PHARMACIE

Publié le 11 August 2017

Although you may not think it, la pharmacie in France is completely different to our anglophone pharmacy. Find out all about la pharmacie in France. Read More

Journées du patrimoine

Publié le 11 August 2017

For more than 30 years, the third weekend of September has been dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of Europe's rich and diverse cultural heritage. Read More

UNE COMPTINE

Publié le 11 August 2017

For this month's French song of the month we look at a traditional French nursery rhyme. This is typically sung in the playground and practically … Read More

La rentrée

Publié le 11 August 2017

The month of September is undoubtedly synonymous with la rentrée, especially for all those working with Babylangues, but for the whole of France too. Read More

Tarte aux fraises

Publié le 11 August 2017

This strawberry tart is a classic French dish that you will find in almost every boulangerie across the entirety of France. Although it may look … Read More

Best films for la rentrée

Publié le 11 August 2017

Here are some great classic French films about or based around school in France to get you in the mood for la rentrée this September. Read More

Journée en Normandie

Publié le 28 July 2017

Coming to France is one thing, but getting a true insight into its heritage is another! Join us for a day out to the Normandy … Read More

Verlan

Publié le 28 July 2017

Verlan is a form of slang or ‘argot’ using the inversion of syllables of a word to say the same thing. If you thought the … Read More

August Events

Publié le 28 July 2017

France certainly heats up in August and so too do the events and good deals on offer! From folk concerts under the Eiffel Tower, to … Read More

Discover La Rochelle

Publié le 28 July 2017

La Rochelle, otherwise known as the La Ville Blanche or the White City, in recognition of its white limestone facades, is noted for having arguably … Read More

Quiche Lorraine

Publié le 28 July 2017

You will find this French classic on the menu of practically every single bistro or brasserie in France. The majority, if not all, French people … Read More

LAISSE BETON

Publié le 28 July 2017

This 1977 hit by Renaud cemented the introduction of verlan, or French slang, into mainstream popular culture. This showed a mark in the acceptance of … Read More

Les Festivals d’Été

Publié le 28 July 2017

The month of August in France sees various towns, big and small, across the entirety of the country transformed into sites of festivities and summer … Read More

Train Travel in France

Publié le 28 July 2017

While it may seem like any other country, train travel in France has a long respected tradition and history to be aware of. Make sure … Read More

Metro-expo-resto #9

Publié le 28 July 2017

Père Lachaise metro station is located on the border of the 11th and 20th arrondissements in Paris. Opened officially on the 31st January 1903 as … Read More

Metro-expo-resto #8

Publié le 29 June 2017

Charles de Gaulle Étoile metro station borders the 8th, 16th and 17th arrondissements and connects the lines 1, 2 and 6, in addition to the … Read More

BEST BEACHES IN FRANCE

Publié le 29 June 2017

As the temperature begins to rise and the sun begins to shine, it is hard not to think of anywhere you would rather be but … Read More

Week-end en Normandie

Publié le 29 June 2017

Coming to France is one thing, but getting a true insight into its heritage is another! Join us for a weekend away to the Normandy … Read More

Moules Marinières

Publié le 29 June 2017

The scrumptious combination of fresh seafood, wine and a large hunk of crusty baguette is a match made in heaven, and whilst this recipe is … Read More

LA MER

Publié le 29 June 2017

As the month of July is so often spent by the sea, what could be a more appropriate song for the month of July than … Read More

Tour de France

Publié le 29 June 2017

The first ever Tour de France took place on the 1st July 1903. Organised and orchestrated by one man alone, this was to become one … Read More

Faire la bise

Publié le 29 June 2017

The French greeting is almost always complemented with ‘la bise’. Integral to French society, system and values you must know the rules and regulations to … Read More

July Events

Publié le 29 June 2017

There are many great events in July in France; from the opening of Paris Plages, outdoor cinema events and music festivals galore you really are … Read More