Tag Archives: Lille

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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pavé

| cobblestone (masculine noun) | /pave/ I have friends who have spent months traveling alone through South America and Africa, so you may scoff at my one-week solo trip through Scotland. But it was nothing short of a personal victory. … Continue reading

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magie

| magic (feminine noun) | /maʒi/ There’s an episode of my beloved television show 30 Rock in which Liz Lemon visits Cleveland with her boyfriend. She falls in love with the city, which is infinitely more friendly and clean than her hometown New York … Continue reading

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aller

| to go (verb) | /ale/ The academic year has come to an end, so I’m burdened with copious amounts of time. I am legally obligated to stay in France until my contract ends on July 15th, since I have several … 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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fuir

| to flee (verb) | /fɥiʀ/ My blog is a little bit Sylvia Plath, a little bit Jack Kerouac, or so I like to think. I feel everything on a large scale, so my deepest emotions are inextricably linked with my … 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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