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Lost in Translation: The Nitty Gritty of Learning French

Here are some reflections after months of navigating the French language, for those who are considering the same. Alban Martel

As far as languages go, French has a lot of cachet. Commonly regarded as one of the most beautiful languages in the world, if you ever want to sound sophisticated all you need to do is pull out a “Frenchism” (like cachet, for example) to impress people.

Here are some reflections after months of navigating the French language, for those who are considering the same.Kevin Harber/Kaci Baum

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Paris Podcasts: The Best Frenchie Fixes

The Best Paris Podcasts: Eating, Drinking, Music, and More

Between books and blogs and articles and films, Francophiles have no shortage of ways to get their Frenchie fixes. But, sometimes there’s nothing like sweet Parisian whispers in your ear, which set us off on a project to both find the best Paris-related podcasts.

After combing the options and listening to countless episodes, we’ve come up with a list of top picks.  So if you love all things France, give these a listen:

The Best Paris Podcasts: Eating, Drinking, Music, and More

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Calling All Francophiles: A Winter Editorial Internship with HiP Paris Blog

Pastel sunset over the Eiffel Tower and the Pont Alexandre III. Interested in an internship with HiP Paris Blog? Learn more at http://haveninparis.com/careers.php.

If you had told me in September 2014 when I stepped off the plane at Charles de Gaulle airport that I would still be here over a year later, I probably would have told you that you were crazy. And yet, here I am, finishing up my internship with HiP Paris and head over heels in love with the City of Light.

After a year as an au pair, I put my world travel plans on hold to stay in Paris, and along the way found the HiP Paris internship. I was thrilled when they asked me to join the team, an opportunity to dig even deeper into the city I already loved. My main duties consisted of mostly back-end work: prepping blog posts, sourcing photos, and finding the perfect related links to interest our readers, among other things. As a blogger myself, I learned so much about how a successful blog really works, all of the behind-the-scenes aspects involved, and things I will definitely use going forward.

Looking up at the 2015 Christmas decor at Galeries Lafayette. Interested in an internship with HiP Paris Blog? Learn more at http://haveninparis.com/careers.php.

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How to Order Coffee in France with Comme Une Française

You’ve packed a Paris-perfect wardrobe, planned your gastronomic meals, and found idyllic accommodations. Now it’s time to practice your French. Géraldine Lepère shares the phrases you need to order a coffee like a local so the next time you settle into a Parisian café, you will look like ‘un vrai Parisien’. Enjoy! -Erin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZzQxerWyq4

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7 Little French Things That Make Life Better

Fleur de Sel Foodfreak.de / Diptyque Candles Frankincensy

The plight of the Francophile is that, more often than not, he or she doesn’t live in France. In fact, it’s quite possible that he or she has never even been to France, or at least, not with any frequency. But because separation makes the heart grow fonder (and sometimes downright obsessive), we must come up with coping mechanisms to keep the French dream alive, no matter where we are.

If I were super-motivated, I’d be hosting regular French film soirées and presiding over a French lit-themed book club, but alas, that all sounds much too Type-A. For now, I will indulge in the little things that help me feel closer to the country where I really belong (and where I would be, if there were any justice in this world).

1. Tarragon Mustard. Maille whips up a delightful version, but I am partial to the Edmond Fallot variety, which I slather on whatever happens to be lying around.

Caudalie / Tarragon Mustard  Julien Hausherr

2. Roger & Gallet products. Their Tilleul (Linden Blossom) moisturizing cream changed my life, and I will forever associate its scent with my cozy little studio on rue Mouffetard. Abroad, you can find these products in department stores and boutiques that carry high-end bath products.

3. Fleur de Sel de Guérande. Keeping a container of this fancy sea salt in the kitchen ups the ante of just about any dish, and will inevitably impress your foodie friends. Sassy food blogger David Lebovitz explains why this salt is all it’s cracked up to be.

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