Mardi Gras is the ultimate street party – at least in a normal year. In 2021, with travel restrictions, lockdowns, and social distancing, traditional floats and dancing are out of the question. But creative people will always find an outlet, as in these uniquely 2021 Mardi Gras celebrations.
7 Virtual Mardi Gras Events
New Orleans: House floats / Yardi Gras
Guadeloupe: TV and radio programming
If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out my photos from Nice Carnaval 2013.
And as always, I have multilingual vocabulary for my fellow language lovers:
It’s only a few days away – here are some links to help you celebrate with your beloved.
French love language
Italian love language
Spanish love language
Thank goodness that the year 2020 is finally coming to an end. May 2021 be full of joy and laughter and only the best of times. Happy New Year to one and all!
Here’s some reading material and ideas for you: Continue reading
I hope you and your families are happy, safe, and warm this holiday season. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!
On 7 January 2015, two men stormed the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. They murdered 12 people, including the five most famous and beloved cartoonists (one of whom was the editor) and two police officers, and injured 11 others, 5 seriously. Those are the basic facts of the tragedy, which you undoubtedly already know. But what you may not understand is why – beyond the horror of murder and mayhem – this event has touched every French person so deeply. As one internet meme says: “12 dead. 66 million wounded.” Why is Charlie Hebdo so important and iconic? Continue reading
To my Jewish friends and readers all over the world, I wish you a happy and healthy Hanukkah, filled with joy and light.
I hope one of these links will add a little extra cheer to your celebration: Continue reading
Antarctica was represented by melting glace – this word play gets lost in English; in French, it means both “ice” and “ice cream.”
| La fonte des glaces
Thanksgiving, as celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, is a uniquely American holiday, but you still might want to talk about it in French or Spanish. Here’s some vocabulary related to American Thanksgiving:
French Thanksgiving Vocabulary
Spanish Thanksgiving Vocabulary
My book Intermediate French for Dummies includes intermediate-level grammar lessons, writing tips, and practice exercises, and is the most extensive (and, all modesty aside, the best) book I’ve written. Check it out at Amazon.com or your favorite bookstore: Intermediate French for Dummies
Freelance journalist Nadine Visagie of Suite101 recently tracked me down to answer some questions about The Importance of Learning French (pdf).