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French Film: Le Mépris

Publié le 26 January 2018

Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Le Mépris was one of the first cinematic works to focus on the beauty of the filmmaking process itself, and not … Read More

Tarte Flambée

Publié le 23 January 2018

Tarte flambée, or flàmmeküeche in the Alsatian dialect, is a speciality of the region of Alsace. The dish is quite like a strange version of … Read More

Intraduisible #20

Publié le 23 January 2018

Derived from the noun nombril, meaning ‘navel’ or ‘belly button’, and the adjectival suffix -iste, the term nombriliste refers to someone who thinks only of … Read More

Le Carnaval de Paris

Publié le 23 January 2018

You have probably heard of Rio Carnival in Brazil, and Notting Hill Carnival in London, but what you may not know is that every year, … Read More

Metro-Expo-Resto #14

Publié le 23 January 2018

Connecting the lines 1, 5 and 8 of the Parisian métro system, Bastille is a busy and important station which saw a massive 13,706,765 passengers … Read More

Discover … Tours

Publié le 23 January 2018

Located in Western France, on the banks of the Rivers Loire and Cher, Tours is a city which, through the years, has withstood much conflict … Read More

Le tourbillon de la vie

Publié le 23 January 2018

The song ‘Le Tourbillon de la vie’, sung by actress Jeanne Moreau in famous Nouvelle Vague film Jules et Jim, tells the story of a … Read More

February events

Publié le 22 January 2018

This month, communities, customs and cultures from all over the world come together in Paris in a collection of festivals, markets, parades and exhibitions. Read More

WEEK-END EN NORMANDIE

Publié le 22 January 2018

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

Toolkit: Le Marché aux Puces

Publié le 22 January 2018

As well as being a world capital of haute couture, playing host to a multiplicity of stylish designer brands, Paris is also a great place … Read More

French Film: ‘La Môme’

Publié le 21 December 2017

La Môme (which takes the title La Vie en rose in English), is a 2007 biopic directed by Olivier Dahan, which retraces the life of … Read More

Il Neige Sur Liege

Publié le 18 December 2017

Jacques Brel, born in 1929, was a multitalented artist, working as a poet, composer, actor and director in his lifetime. However, he is best known … Read More

Intraduisible #19

Publié le 18 December 2017

Don’t you think that the adjective frileux, with its harsh ‘f’ and tremulous ‘r’, evokes the exact feeling of a shiver, and then captures it … Read More

January Events

Publié le 18 December 2017

This month, France welcomes us into the New Year with a host of different activities and events to explore and enjoy. Read More

La Galette des Rois

Publié le 18 December 2017

The Galette des rois (‘king cake’) is a dessert that is traditionally served in French households on 6th January, or Epiphany. It is a central … Read More

Discover … Rennes

Publié le 18 December 2017

The capital of the region of Brittany, Rennes is a city with a rich history and culture, which has been named one of the most … Read More

Metro-Expo-Resto #13

Publié le 18 December 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

La Raclette

Publié le 18 December 2017

Raclette, a dish native to Switzerland but very popular in France, is the perfect dish to enjoy on cold nights, when you feel in need … Read More

Toolkit: Le Nouvel An

Publié le 18 December 2017

About to spend your first New Year’s Eve ('le Nouvel An' or 'Saint-Sylvestre') in France and unsure as to how to make the most of … Read More

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