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The Best Apps to Learn French: Tested by an Expat

Heading into 2021, I am continuously thinking about the best apps to learn French. Learning French by app is the way I’ve learned French thus far. As an American Expat living in France, it’s been my go-to method of learning. I know what you’re thinking, how can you possibly learn French via an app. Well, the answer is simple. The best way to learn French is through an accessible and consistent method. You always have your phone on you. No matter where life takes you, your phone is still there. We can download any French learning app we want at the…

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Do the French Hate Halloween? American Invasion to Blame?

Do the French Hate Halloween? American Invasion to Blame? Halloween in France. All Saints’ Day. La Toussaint! Oh, where do I begin?  My relationship with Halloween is one of a curious nature. I grew up in a small Christian town in Pennsylvania with six sisters. Needless to say, my parents always had their eyes on us. They never wanted us playing Pokemon cards or reading Harry Potter in fear of us dabbling in “Witch Craft.” We went to church every Sunday, sometimes Wednesdays, for bible study. This little bird was shocked when my parents agreed to let us celebrate Halloween. Of course,…

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American mom’s first two weeks living in France during Lockdown

American mom’s first two weeks living in France during Lockdown. How this U.S. family handled living in France during confinement? There’s something quite daunting about moving to a foreign country. There are many unknown variables, and then you toss in a countrywide lockdown. As a U.S. family residing in France during confinement, I did my best to enjoy all the obstacles as they arose. After all, I survived lockdown in a New York City box, so the next two weeks were bound to be a delight.  Read my previous post, “Moving homes in 2020 is a Hott Mess”, to see…

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4th of July in France for an American Expat

Celebrating the 4th of July in France this year is an exciting and daunting event. The holiday is only 10 days before Bastille Day (Fête Nationale). Therefore, a small part of me feels bizarre, attempting to celebrate July 4th for Anglophone. Moving to a new country makes you question if you should leave some of “your” holidays behind, but this little bird is not giving up so quickly on her beloved American Independence Day. Regardless of where I live, I want to enjoy the feeling of freedom and togetherness. Should I wait and just celebrate Fête Nationale du 14 juillet? The…

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