Today’s French Lesson: “Parler de l’Amour”

It’s St. Valentine’s Day. What better time to learn French, the language of love?

During today’s French lesson at IS Aix-en-Provence, we dove into a treasure chest of words and phrases the French use to express their feelings of love.

Would your heart pitter-patter if your loved one called you “ma Puce” (my Flea)?

If someone said “avoir un cœur d’artichaut*” is it a compliment?

(*fall in love easily)

Today's French lesson

In today’s French lesson, I was surprised to be told that perfume tops the gift list for Saint Valentine’s Day in France, not a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Flowers are always good. Lingerie is even better –in red, of course.

Valentine day

Restaurants and cafes are packed for the occasion. Boulangeries are stacked with heart-shaped, chocolate-filled, cream-puffed, decadent delicacies of every description.

Today's French lesson

“Croyez-vous au coup de foudre?” Do you believe in love at first sight?

I do.

Today's French lesson

Click here for information on the French language school IS Aix-en-Provence.

Why does the Barefoot Blogger have such a hard time learning French The Barefoot Blogger has spent much time with new French friends over the past two weeks. Admitting that I live in France and can barely put together a sentence in French is getting embarrassing. I have Rosetta Stone and another online language program on my computer. I work on them occasionally. Two weeks ago, I signed up for a beginner’s class through a local ex-pats group. Friday was the first day of class. When I arrived for the lesson, it had been postponed. So, you see, some of it isn’t my fault. If I write down all my excuses for not learning French, I’ll shame myself into trying harder.

I’m still not learning French. Remember when I returned to France in April and promised to learn French by Christmas? Like those 20 pounds I was going to lose. It’s just not happening.

6 replies »

  1. Love this!! I was just rummaging through one of my drawers and found a sample of “Ingenue” and “Insouciante” perfumes from Parfums de Bastille…I want to go back…

    • Isn’t Aix just perfect? I loved being there for the language class at IS Aix. I want to go back too! Didn’t try the perfume so a good reason to return…

  2. Deborah Happy Valentine’s Day to you and we miss you and seeing your new location. Congratulations on you study of french and hopefully you will be able to teach me a thing or two when we arrive in April. Have a glass of champagne on me today and enjoy a wonderful time in Aix!!

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