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Blagues Carambar #18

26 March 2018

The Carambar is a quintessentially French sweet. This chewy caramel candy has almost become a national image of France. In 1961 Carambar began to include… Read More

April Events

22 March 2018

If you enjoy reading, head down to your local Circul’Livre this April! The free book exchange allows keen readers to share their old or unused… Read More

Blagues Carambar #9

22 March 2018

The Carambar is a quintessentially French sweet. This chewy caramel candy has almost become a national image of France. The Carambar is a quintessentially French… Read More

Easter in Martinique

22 March 2018

In Martinique, Easter is very different to the traditional European holiday. Be prepared to eat curry and watch crab racing!… Read More

French song – Soulman

22 March 2018

Soulman is the second track on the eponymous album by Ben l’Oncle Soul. It’s a simple, catchy song about Ben declaring himself as a ‘soulman’. Read More

Macarons

22 March 2018

French macarons have a reputation for being difficult to make; follow our recipe to enjoy macarons at home and you'll see it's not so hard!… Read More

March events

26 February 2018

Also known as the Fête des Blanchisseuses (‘The Washerwomen’s Festival’), Le Carnaval des Femmes was inspired by an old tradition, by which the laundrywoman of… Read More

Intraduisible #21

26 February 2018

The verb mitonner, which means ‘to cook up slowly’, can also be used in an informal context to talk about someone who is preparing or… Read More

La Fête du Citron

23 February 2018

The theme of this year’s Fête du Citron is Bollywood, so if you take a trip to the town of Menton, you might see colourful… Read More

Sole Meunière

23 February 2018

Follow this simple recipe for Sole Meunière - a delicious rustic French dish consisting of fish cooked in butter and lemon. … Read More

French Film: Potiche

23 February 2018

François Ozon’s 2010 film Potiche is an amusing and elegantly told story of a woman and her fight to shake off the role that society,… Read More

WEEK-END EN BELGIQUE

23 February 2018

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 Joke #15

15 February 2018

The Carambar is a quintessentially French sweet. This chewy caramel candy has almost become a national image of France. In 1961 Carambar began to include… Read More

French Film: Le Mépris

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

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

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

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 Bastille

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

Le tourbillon de la vie

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

‘Bande de Filles’

22 January 2018

Coming of age drama Bande de Filles (2014), or Girlhood in English, is a film which explores the idea of existing on the margins, as… Read More

February events

22 January 2018

Starting at Place Gambetta and finishing at Place de la République, this year le Carnaval de Paris, the city's costumed parade, takes the theme of… Read More

WEEK-END EN NORMANDIE

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

French Joke #12

22 January 2018

Comment se nomme l’ami que l’on ne supporte pas? The Carambar is a quintessentially French sweet. This chewy caramel candy has almost become a national… Read More

French Joke #11

22 January 2018

Quel est le sport le plus silencieux ? The Carambar is a quintessentially French sweet. This chewy caramel candy has almost become a national image… Read More

Il Neige Sur Liege

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

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

18 December 2017

Throughout the whole of Sunday 7th January, in Paris, you will be able to take a step back in time with the ‘Traversée de Paris’,… Read More

La Galette des Rois

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

Metro-Expo-Resto Varennes

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

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

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

Journée en Champagne

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

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

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

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

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

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

Focus on … Annabelle

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

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

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

French Book: Nadja

6 November 2017

André Breton’s 1928 work Nadja, which is included in Le Monde’s top 100 books of the 20th century, is also a central work of the… Read More

November Events

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,… Read More