Martinique: A beautiful French island in the Caribbean

A view from the top of Morne Larcher, a vegetation-covered mountain. We see the vegetation in the foreground a bit, but what really catches the eye is the sweeping view of the coastline, as well as a glimpse inland, with mountains, hills, farmland, and inhabited areas easy to make out. The island stretches to the horizon, its hilly landscape seemingly mirrored by the fluffy clouds in the sky.

When it comes to studying the French language and culture, we tend to focus on mainland France. But of course, that’s not where all Francophones live or come from. And it’s not even, officially, the entirety of the country of France. Let’s take a look at another part of France and Francophone culture: Martinique, a fascinating French …


How to call French numbers (and avoid embarrassing misdials)

yellow phone by sofa

It’s easy enough to log onto the internet and start spotting and using French internet slang. But what about calling a French number if you want to use some of your newly acquired French text message vocabulary in a text exchange with a friend? Okay, if you’re overseas, you’ll probably be texting your French friends …


Five reasons Pepé Le Pew isn’t really French

A striped skunk with an undeniably adorable pink nose looks offended or spooked by something. He is outside, standing on grass and leaves, but the image is a close-up.

Although he’s become a controversial figure, for many of us, Looney Tunes character Pepé Le Pew was our first introduction to French culture. The skunk’s accent and love- and sex -obsessed nature are what many people outside France think of as typically French. But Pepé Le Pew isn’t French at all. Here’s why. Five reasons …