Posted in Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff

Day 13: Where would you like to live/visit one day?

With this question, I always say the same thing, so I’ll switch it up a bit. I’ll love to visit the Stade de France and watch Les Bleus play a game there, the temple ruins in Karnak, Egypt and magnificent Jökulsárlón!

If I have to live somewhere that is not my country, it’ll be France, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. 

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Posted in History/Milestones

Francophones, this day (and month) belongs to you! 🇫🇷

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March is celebrated as Francophonie Month and today is UN French Language Day and International Francophonie Day.

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UN French Language Day celebrates the culture, history, and achievements of this beautiful language and to also promote multilingualism. International Francophonie Day celebrates Francophone culture. This day was created in 1988 to celebrate the signing of the Niamey Convention in Niger on 20 March 1970.

French used to be the language of diplomacy, so today, I’ll just share a few facts about La langue française.

* French is one of the five most spoken Romance languages.

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* French is the official language or one of the official language in more than 43 countries. It is spoken by 125 million people globally on every continent.

* The French language is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. The other five includes Arabic, Chinese, Russian, English, and Spanish.

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* Although many dialects and different variations exist, Parisian French is the ‘model’ for the French language.

* French is one of the official languages of Switerzland, Belgium, and Canada.

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* We can trace the roots of the French language during 6 periods: 

1. Gallo-Romance (5th-8th centuries)

2. Old French (9th-13th centuries)

3. Middle French (14th-15th centuries)

4. Early Modern French (16th century)

5. Classical Modern French (17th-18th centuries)

6. Contemporary Modern French (since the 19th century)

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On a not so related French note, France has won 15 Nobel Prizes for literature, more than any other country. After all, they gave the world some fantastic writers such as Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas and I think their literature is top notch. 👍

Now, I’m just going to Chez Bogato on 17 rue Liancourt to sample some authentic French pastries. 😉

Happy French Language et Francophonie Day, Francophones (and Francophiles! Yes, we’re joining in, too!) 

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Posted in French Friday

Welcome to French Friday!

Salut! Bienvenue! Est-ce que tu parles français? Oui? Non?

Okay, before I get into it, let me begin by saying that this new series is actually for me. As I said in my last edition of  Thursday Ten, I am very fond of many languages especially the French one which holds a special place in my heart. Whenever I hear French being spoken by someone who is not French…

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But when it’s coming from a French native’s mouth…

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Even when they’re talking about cobwebs on the ceiling…

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Okay, I think by now you’ve gotten the point. I am simply in love with the French language and it’s been a blast relearning it so allow me to introduce you to my new series.

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I’ve loved the French language ever since I was little, but during the school years, I’ve lost interest in it because I had no one to speak it with and I was afraid to butcher the pronunciation. In due time, however, I learned that it was okay to start by speaking badly when entering a new language territory. 

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With this new series, I can look back to see how far I’ve come in learning French (and probably other languages). My aim is to update this weekly with the new things I’ve learned in French for the week, but we’ll see how that updating thing goes. 

If you speak French (or is French), I welcome all the help that you’ll be willing to give during this series. 😃

À bientôt!

***GIFs via Giphy & photos via Pinterest

Posted in Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff

Day 2: 20 Facts About You

20 facts? I don’t know if I can get up to 20, but let’s try.

1. I dislike talking about myself.

2. I love God so much that words can’t describe the feeling.

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3. I write. A lot. Hence the reason why I have a lot of incomplete stories as far back as 2009. Or maybe it was from 2007? Eh, who’s counting anyway!

4. My favorite number is 4.

5. I’ve never worn make-up and don’t intend to start anytime soon or later.

6. I am a Christian.

7. I love cheese pizza… topped with pineapple, green peppers, and onions!

8. I have a little reminder (a bump) on my right leg from when I fell off the bunk bed ladder. I was about ten or less. Eh, stuff happens when you play too much. But it was worth it!

9. I’m a nerd. 

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10. I often get mistaken for a model and when I correct them, people often ask, “So, have you ever thought of modeling?” Non. I mean, do you not see what’s passing for fashion lately? I’d rather be a writer.

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11. My favorite song of all time is ‘Save the Last Dance For Me’ by Ben E. King.

12. My favorite sport to watch is football. Go Les Bleus!

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13. I’m mixed, but for the most part, I’m Indian.

14. I like Shah Rukh Khan, Mattew Gray Gubler, and Will Yun Lee, but my all-time favorite actor is Tom Cruise… even when he’s throwing things in anger.

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15. Tyler is a pseudonym.

16. I don’t have a dream car.

17. I once wanted to be a lawyer.

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18. I like ice cream, just not Häagen-Dazs.

19. I love blue eyes.

20. I want to live in France one day. If that does not work out, Los Angeles can call my name on her lips.

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And that’s it. Nothing tabloid juicy. 😆 I scheduled some posts for this weekend and for the rest of the month. I also scheduled the rest of this challenge. I’ll see you guys sometime next week God’s willing. Take care and God bless. 💙

***GIFs via Giphy and Tenor.

Posted in Books & Reviews

50 Foods #25: Mayonnaise

Origin: France
Date: 1589
Type: Cold sauce

One of the greatest invention!

I remember reading the story of Charles of Lorraine, the Duke of Mayenne, and how he was attempting to recapture the town of Arques. Before fighting the Battle of Arques, Charles insisted on finishing his meal which consisted of cold chicken with a sauce. The sauce will be named for him later.

I’ve always thought this was surreal, but wherever food is concerned, myths and legends are never too far away. Nonetheless, the French have blessed food culture with a lot of wonderful and delicious products over the years.

Would I eat it?: I love mayonnaise! 

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