Hiring Surge in New York: Interestingly, ten schools in New York are in need of French teachers for this coming fall. Click here for info on that hiring surge.
Accents Can Challenge!
This totally cute 1-minute video clip
shows a Frenchman seeking directions from a Qué
coise, illustrating the challenges of communication. Listen once through, then read the dialogue (under the clip) which contains helpful vocab notes (just hover over the highlighted words). After reading the transcript, watch the video again. Much easier! Click here
. French Retailer Expands:
Luxury retailer HERMES is expanding their presence in Bellevue, Washington. Click here
for the story of booming sales right in our own backyard and be sure to check out the store on your next trip up north. Note that HERMES is currently selling a limited edition scarf (image at left) where the proceeds will aid in the restoration of the Châ
teau of Versailles. Click here
for more info.
Awards and Recognition: Pix Pâtisserie was just awarded Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine List in the World by London's World of Fine Wine magazine for the second year in a row. Click here for the article.
Changes Ahead: French Morning published a recent article of interest to French nationals, entitled "Démarches d'état civil: ce qui va changer pour vous cet été." Click here for the overview and for details, check with the consulate.
Cercle Français on Summer Break: Marie-Pierre Wolfe, who coordinates the Cercle's noontime presentations in French, informs: "La réunion prévue le 25 juin prochain à First Congregational Church on Park Avenue de 12h à 13h est annulée pour cause de santé. Nous espérons vous voir nombreux à la première réunion de l'année 2015-2016 le jeudi 24 septembre. Le programme et les dates des rêunions seront publiés dans Quoi de Neuf ainsi que sur le site de l'Alliance."
French Thriller: The Connection movie we mentioned in a recent bulletin is now playing at Regal Fox Tower and was reviewed by Marc Mohan of the Oregonian - click here for the review. Says editor Linda Witt, "With its run time of 2 hours and 15 minutes, your French gets a real work-out. Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche are both great in it."
Vancouver Conversation Group: The conversation group that meets monthly at Gustav's in Vancouver will break for the summer. Merci to Alliance member Sheryl Meservey for leading the group, which draws 10-15 participants; she looks forward to welcoming everyone back on September 8, 2015.
Lose Yourself in Rules: A young Frenchman studying at Sciences Po in Paris has taken it upon himself to create a list of 40 "règles de base" of spelling in the French language. Lose yourself in his work - he is quite passionate about language and does a nice job of presenting his findings - click here. It's also fascinating to read the comments and questions at the end of the listing.
The Photography of Robert Doisneau: Doisneau, known for his soulful portraits of Paris from the 1950's, is featured in a recent article in France Today. Click here for the epic black-and-white photos of Paris, accompanied by thoughtful text. A few hardback and paperback copies of his book (the publisher is Taschen) are available on Amazon.com - click here (the site also includes a selection of photos from the book).