Category Archives: Life in France

figue

| fig (feminine noun) | /fig/ I originally considered writing my master’s thesis on Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. But rereading the novel and devouring research on the fragmented female identity, as portrayed in Plath’s novel, resonated too much and … Continue reading

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histoire

| story (feminine noun) | /istwaʀ/ All of my belongings fit neatly in seven cardboard boxes, and I can stack them all in the back of my boyfriend’s Peugeot. I do not own a house, but I have many. One … Continue reading

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désabusée

| disillusioned (feminine adjective) | /dezabyze/ I fear this country has turned me into someone I no longer recognize, someone I despise. I was once ebullient, but now I am forlorn. I look in the mirror and wonder, Was I always like … Continue reading

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remercier

| to thank (verb) | /ʀ(ə)mɛʀsje/ France, I have always been able to adapt to new, sometimes frightening environments, even if I trembled on the precipice before finally gasping and taking that leap. Once a timid introvert, I have become … Continue reading

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noël

| Christmas (masculine noun) | /nɔɛl/ Olives, nuts, and pastry crusts. My family and I sit in blue plush chairs at the bar. Tongues lubricated with white wine and vodka. Where do you see yourself in five years? Hmm, what … Continue reading

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deuil

| grief (masculine noun) | /dœj/ Given that I’m an American expatriate living in France, I feel that I must comment on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. It’s expected, isn’t it? But what should I say? Nothing I write … Continue reading

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renaissance

| rebirth (feminine noun) | /rɪˈneɪsəns/ Lille is a city of fierce tenacity and strength. Much like Detroit, Lille was once a vibrant industrial capital. However, the city faced economic devastation in the 1970’s, the evidence of which is still present … Continue reading

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pluie

| rain (feminine noun) | /plɥi/ This morning I awoke from a nightmare. Hoping to find comfort in familiar surroundings, the pale yellow walls of my bedroom, the warmth of a sleeping body, I realized with sadness I was in … Continue reading

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états-unis

| the United States (masculine plural noun) | /etazyni/ Since arriving in France, I could place all of my French friends, acquaintances, and mistakes on a spectrum. On the one end, you have your American fetishists who love American culture, American … Continue reading

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seule

| alone (feminine adjective) | /sœl/ What a strange thing it is to be alone. On the one hand, you feel liberated, untethered, and free. On the other, you feel like you’ve been left to navigate dark waters. I sit … Continue reading

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