Should You Ban the Word Mademoiselle from Your Vocabulary and Use Madame Instead?

mademoiselle

In France, Mademoiselle is a complicated word! Most of us learn three basic titles in French: Monsieur (abbreviated M.), Madame (abbreviated Mme.), and Mademoiselle (abbreviated Mlle.).  The latter is used, we’re taught, for very young and/or unmarried women.  Pretty straightforward, right? Well, due to the conflicting dynamics of social changes and a certain aspect of …

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Nostalgia, Jokes, and Secret Snacks: The Surprising Way French Cookies Are Viewed in France

French madeleine cookies

Quick – name a French cookie!  If you couldn’t, don’t be disappointed. The French are known for their pastries, but they’re not a cookie culture. No, “cookie culture” isn’t an actual term used to categorize civilizations. I made it up. But hopefully you get what I mean. There are some cultures, like the Anglo-Saxon one …

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Everything You Need to Know to Talk About Love in French

pink paper heart signs

Love is one of those great universal things. It’s something that all of us experience in some way, no matter what country or culture we come from, or what language we speak.  Interestingly, though, the way different cultures express their love can vary widely. So, how do the French talk and think about love? Let’s …

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