|Solidarity with Belgium, Cultural Differences,
Learning Tips and More
SOLIDARITY: Expressions of solidarity are following the attacks in Belgium. Click here for the initial declarations on the French government's website (audio versions and complete texts are available). CULTURAL DIFFERENCES: The Harvard Business Review recently published an article and short video highlighting cultural differences among nationalities, including the French. Click here.
HOST FAMILIES NEEDED: Alliance member and French teacher Sheryl Meservey is seeking host families for young French teens (ages 15-16) this summer. Some are coming for 4 weeks, others for 6 and 8 weeks.
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REGIONS & PRODUCTS: An easy way to remember the regions of France is by the most famous brand names or icons. Consider this map (at right) as a learning aid.
LE PETIT PRINCE: Check out this 3-minute video on Le Petit Prince, from TV5MONDE's online teaching resources. AUCTION IS GETTING HUGE: The Alliance's online listing of auction items is growing by the minute. Have an item to donate? It's not too late - call the office at 503.223.8388.
REFUNDS OF FEES: In a rare move, the French government is refunding hefty fees that were traditionally collected when non-French persons sold their French properties. The refund decision is the result of a controversial ruling by the European Union. Click here for the article.
FINDING THE SUN: If you think Nice has the most sunny days in France, you are wrong. Marseille and two other cities have more sun. Consult this list for all the details. (Credit to Adrian Leeds of Parler Paris and Paris Nice for sharing this link.)
CREPES ARE TENDING: Time Out Paris reports that the popularity of artisanal crêpes is rising in that city. Their top recommendation is Krügen in the 11th arrondissement, specializing in crêpes from Brittany. For photos and info, click here. The blog We-Paris also has a write-up (in French) on Krügen; click here for their description which includes: On découvre la carte: de nombreuses crêpes sont proposées, aux goûts et saveurs variés.
HOW TO EAT, FRENCH-STYLE: In a related article, Yahoo Travel has a one-minute video set to music that provides tips and recommendations on how to eat crêpes, baguettes and more, French-style. Click here for the video and the accompanying text.
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