• Douche pour Tous! France invented the best word ever to describe an awful person, yet ironically, nobody in France ever uses it. How can the French learn to say douche the “right way,” reclaim their cultural heritage, and in the process, discover their own inner-douche. I used to be a lot funnier when I was younger. A lot. […] 2015-09-11
  • The Island of Mispronounced Names For Christmas this year, DOROTHEE PARTERRE recounts her version of The Island of Misfit Toys – The Island of Mispronounced Names; an island where American and British celebs live – trapped inside their French pronunciations. 2014-12-25
  • Bonjour, Bonsoir, and the built-in French GPS I realized recently I don’t need a watch in Paris. Nobody does actually. A quick bonjour can get you just the same. It might not give you the exact hour, but it’ll get you a bonne fin de matinée, a bonne après midi, a bonsoir even a bonne nuit in return, and for me, that’s […] 2010-11-11
  • Le French Touch, c’est too much The other night I was at a dinner with French friends. Everyone was talking and I was thrilled by how much I understood. Yet at the same time, the conversation was so infested with English words, words like “Borderline”…”hype”…”open space,” “too much,” and “offshore,” that any American tourist looking for the “Louvray” could have followed. […] 2010-07-11