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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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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,… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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

French Book Recommendation

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

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

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

Visitez le nord

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

Journées du patrimoine

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

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

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

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

Journée en Normandie

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

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

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

Quiche Lorraine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July Events

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

Focus on … Louis

29 June 2017

Some of the eager eyed amongst you may have noticed that we have a new recruit to the Babylangues Team… our mascot, Louis la Grenouille!… Read More

Asperges en chemise

23 May 2017

As we near the end of Spring and start to get ready for Summer, fresh asparagus can still be found in abundance at your local… Read More

Journée à Giverny

23 May 2017

Take a trip out of Paris to the historic stomping ground of renowned painter Claude Monet. As seen in his works, Monet was passionate about… Read More

Roland Garros

23 May 2017

Roland Garros, otherwise known as the French Open has undoubtedly become part of French heritage, and is a fantastic event to follow in June in… Read More

Mon Coeur, Mon Amour

23 May 2017

This month we have chosen the song 'Mon coeur, mon amour', a French pop classic by Anaïs from the early millennium. The video takes place… Read More

Café culture

23 May 2017

The French have a distinct café culture, that brings with it some basic rules. Once you know the ins and outs of going to a… Read More

Metro-expo-resto #7

23 May 2017

Located in the 7th arrondissement, Invalides metro stop takes its namesake from the nearby Hôtel des Invalides, an area of buildings and museums dedicated to… Read More

June Events

23 May 2017

Looking for things to do in Paris and in France throughout June? Don't miss out on these special events in June in France! … Read More

Focus on … Sarah

23 May 2017

A natural talent, by the age of 10, Sarah was already playing competitively after having sailed her way through the traditional training ranks. Read More

Metro-expo-resto #6

28 April 2017

Taking its name from the nearby Théâtre de l’Odéon, this metro station was opened on 9th January 1910 - making it a grand old age… Read More

Chez le dentiste

28 April 2017

Much like a trip to the doctors, the thought of going to see a dentist in France may seem a little intimidating at first. To… Read More

The French Election

28 April 2017

The French Election - With this years French election coming up in May, we thought it only fitting to explain just quite how it works. Read More

May Events

28 April 2017

Discover our selection of good deals for events in May in France. Ateliers d'artistes, European festivals, museum openings, Jazz concerts and many more!… Read More

Aux armes et caetera

28 April 2017

This song is Serge Gainsbourg’s take on the French National Anthem. The title is taken from the first line of the chorus in the national… Read More

Tarte à la rhubarbe

28 April 2017

Here is our quick and easy recipe for Tarte à la Rhubarbe, or Rhubarb Tart in English. Why not try and make this delicious Spring… Read More

Saint-Germain en Laye

31 March 2017

Experience the castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and its beautiful park. This guided tour takes you just 20 minutes out of Paris to a most idyllic setting. Read More

GETTING A HAIRCUT

31 March 2017

For many people, a trip to the hairdressers can seem like a daunting prospect. Not to worry - we have put together this handy guide… Read More

The Rabbit Song

31 March 2017

This month, somewhat fitting with our Easter theme, we have chosen the song ‘Un Lapin’ sung by French icon Chantal Goya. Read More

Oeufs cocotte

31 March 2017

When we think of Easter eggs we tend to think of chocolate eggs. This recipe is thus a slightly different take on an Easter egg. Read More

April Events

31 March 2017

Discover our selection of good deals for events in April in France. Film Festivals, Yoga, Jazz concerts and this years Color Run!… Read More