Tag Archives: French

an

| year (masculine noun) | /ɑ̃/ This was a year of radical change. Somewhere, something broke, and I offered the universe an ultimatum: Hear me, or I will go. How idiotic and narcissistic I was to believe the universe could … Continue reading

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étoiles

| stars (feminine plural noun) | /etwal/ I remember those first days back in the United States: the immensity of it all; those wide, open spaces dwarfing me. At night, the sky seemed infinite. I grew dizzy as I spun … Continue reading

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lâcheté

| cowardice (feminine noun) | /lɑʃte/ People grin, tell me I’m so brave. What strength, what courage I possess to travel so freely, and so far, at such a young age. But they don’t know. “Listen to me,” I confess. … 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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toit

| roof (masculine noun) | /twa/ For the past week I’ve been renting an apartment in Paris’ 7th arrondissement, just steps away from the Musée d’Orsay. I’m on the seventh floor, just beneath the roof, so I’ve befriended the local pigeons who … 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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étrangère

| foreigner (feminine noun) | /etʀɑ̃ʒɛʀ/ I apologize for the unexpected hiatus. The housing search has been nothing short of a nightmare, and it occurred to me that I’m probably experiencing the same hardships my grandfather did when he arrived on … Continue reading

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café

| coffee (masculine noun) | /ˈkæfeɪ/ I believe I’ve found a spot, a favorite place. You know, that cafe or bench where you stop to read, work, enjoy a drink, a conversation, or a quiet moment. I’ve just arrived in Bordeaux, so … Continue reading

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décalage horaire

| jet lag (masculine noun) | /dekalaʒ ɔʀɛʀ/ It’s only been three days since I stumbled, Dramamine drowsy, from the train into Bordeaux’s Gare St. Jean. Since then, I’ve bought a French phone and organized several walk-throughs for potential apartments. I can’t … Continue reading

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sans-abri

| homeless person (gender neutral noun) | /sɑ̃zabʀi/ I envision myself in a charming apartment with an old, stone façade. The walls are mostly bare, save for a few smartly-placed art-nouveau posters. The kitchen is small, but there’s always a bottle of … Continue reading

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