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Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Touchstone Books
Publication date May 1, 2007
Pages 284
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780743287296
ISBN-10 0743287290
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 7.50 in.
Weight 0.54 lbs.
Original list price $15.99
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Summary
Draws on the popular French-word-a-day.com blog and newsletter to share memories from the author's experience of an American French major who relocated to France, married, and raised a family, in an account that shares numerous everyday French words and phrases that are unlikely to be taught in classrooms. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Imagine a former French major getting vocabulary tips from her young children! That was the experience of Kristin Espinasse, an American who fell in love with a Frenchman and moved to his country to marry him and start a family. When her children began speaking the language, she found herself falling in love with it all over again. To relate the stories of her sometimes bumpy, often comic, and always poignant assimilation, she created a blog called "French Word a Day," drawing more admirers than she ever could have imagined.

With an approach that is as charming as it is practical, Espinasse shares her story through the everyday French words and phrases that never seem to make it to American classrooms. "Comptoir" ("counter") is a piece about the intricacies of grocery shopping in France, and "Linge" ("laundry") swoons over the wonderful scent the laundry has after being hung out in the French countryside while "Toquade" ("crush") tells of Espinasse's young son, who begins piling gel onto his hair before school each morning when he becomes smitten with a girl in class.

Steeped in French culture but experienced through American eyes, Words in a French Life will delight armchair travelers, Francophiles, and mothers everywhere.

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