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How Food Spices Up la Langue Française

Contributor blog post by Jemma:

My dive into France’s linguistic obsession with food began with the summer shoe sales.

This dazzling array pulled us into the shoe store – and launched an exploration into the French language.

Twelve-year-old Lolo and I were meandering recently through the narrow streets of old Antibes, where the right-footed inventories of its inventories of its shoe stores were displayed out front.

…Continue reading here to discover the joys of the summer shoe sales for both mother and daughter. However, keep reading Jemma’s delightful post for some everyday French language expressions that are linked to… you guessed it – food! You might want to try this one out on your kids “Manger la soupe sur la tête de quelqu’un,” while you still can. And, maybe you can start calling your boss la grosse légume.

Via:: French Lessons


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Jemma was born and raised in the US Midwest. A banker by trade, she slogged away at a Swiss investment bank in the UK and South Africa before moving – for decent spaces of time, anyway – to the South of France. At a similar stage, she also moved to the right side of her brain as a writer. She has published articles in Maclean’s, SuperYacht World, and various travel and university presses.

At this point Jemma lives mostly in Canada, but she spends the whole of every summer in the Côte d’Azur town of Antibes, from where she writes her blog French Lessons. Now (rather unbelievably) in its ninth year, the site is a summertime gift to readers, each note aiming to capture a snapshot of the remarkable, real life along the French Riviera. Jemma still holds her MBA from the University of Chicago, though, and for this reason she apologises if France’s quirky economic system captivates her attentions more frequently than perhaps it ought.

When not engrossed in things French, she is – not in any particular order – taking a stab at writing a book, making music, performing motherly duties, expanding education in bits of Africa, promoting Canadian writing, and travelling off-the-beaten-track: 84 countries, and counting.

You can reach Jemma through her blog site at French Lessons.

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