Janet's pied-à-terre

To be at home in French


Francophiles incurables

Le 20 mars : Journée internationale de la francophonie

Pour célébrer en ligne, écoutez la Secrétaire générale de la Francophonie, Michaëlle Jean (par hasard, une Canadienne).





Le coq omniprésent

Image by Jairo Alzate, Unsplash CC0 1.0

Have you noticed the wrought iron type, often adorning church steeples in France?  Ever wonder why the rooster is as much a symbol of France as the Fleur de Lys?

Richard Alexander’s blog, Deep Heart of France, focuses on places less traveled. (Following his blog, you will want to add the Massif Central to your next France itinerary.)

Here he discusses this ubiquitous symbol, the rooster.

Is that a Rooster?

Wikipédia, one of my favorite references, will give you the scoop en français pour le symbolisme du coq



I highly recommend the website My French Life, from Melbourne, for a healthy dose of Frenchness. Their brilliant tagline is:

Come with us to discover French lifestyle beyond the cliché. There’s so much more to France than meets the eye.

If you are a committed francophile, you will see yourself in the article:

30 signs you are becoming more French

Et pour pratiquer votre français :

30 signes

Soyons à l’écoute : Tune(d) in

Tune in

My first day ever in Paris, this new jeune fille au pair was astonished that French was really spoken in fast forward. Hoping that my ears and brain would catch up to this alarming pace, I would do my morning chores to the radio while the boys were in school. I tried desperately to decipher a few words here and there. I like to think I got a sense of the “music”of the spoken language, if not comprehension.

Especially now, it’s so easy to tune in worldwide. As a Canadian, I am proud to recommend Ici MusiqueTo begin your weekdays en français, try François Lemay’s Quand le jour se lève immediately followed by Marie-Christine Trottier’s La mélodie de bonne heure.

  • Follow live (en ondes)
  • Emissions en rattrapage, to catch your favorite animateurs, whatever your time zone
  • Les webradios 




 It’s time I redirect this blog to share my passion for French language learning.

Though fluent, I don’t pin down just the right word (le mot juste) nearly as often as I would like. I am completely at sea (je nage complètement) using expressions and idioms. I’m always looking for ways to listen, read, write and speak in French.

Why? I’m sure my real self (mon vrai moi), was meant to be French! I know I’m not the only one.

When I first learned French (in the Middle Ages), French radio or TV channels weren’t available at home. Classroom teachers used multimedia: a filmstrip and tape recorder. University students had language labs: How thrilling!

Now there are better, fun ways to fine-tune French language skills: That’s what I seek.

If you do too, s‘il vous plaît, join me and share your finds. BIENVENUE !


















House in Hyères, France
House in Hyères, France

Wish I were there! 

I’m just practising embedding a photo, so why not add to my collection of potential pied-à-terre photos?  I am unsure that this gorgeous photo taken in Hyères France will automatically be attributed to its creator.  To be sure credit goes where it is due:  this image was created by John Payne and found on Flickr and is under licence CC BY-NC-ND 2.0!

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