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Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France Hardcover – 25 Apr 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone Books (25 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743287282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743287289
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Take a great trip with a memorable travel book . . . and lose yourself in the South of France." -- Real Simple

"Espinasse recounts her adventures with honesty and humor, never afraid to have a good laugh at her own expense. With its innovative and entertaining way of teaching the finer points of French, Espinasse's memoir will be popular with travelers and expats alike." -- Publishers Weekly

"Charming." -- Library Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Kristin Espinasse was raised in the United States, moving to France in 1992 to be with her future French husband. In 2002, she began her blog (french-word-a-day.com) and corresponding newsletter. She lives in Provence with her husband and two children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Words of wisdom - the French way!
Update in March 2006 - the book is out - a great Easter gift for lovers of French and France! October 2005: How come I write about a book not yet published? This is easily explained: for some years I've been one of the lucky e-mail subscribers to Kristin Espinasse's French-Word-A-Day writings (on which the book is based), providing wonderfully witty, humorous and helpful, poetic and profound insights into her life in France. We share her children's growing up in France, we are informed about her husband's work in his vineyards, we get to know her relationship with neighbors and friends, we read about those precious moments when her adopted country generously opens up new horizons for thought and outlook on life in general and especially in France. Always her observations are presented with great respect for the people she meets, never putting them down, yet keeping just enough distance to see and listen to them with a writer's mind. If you want to get into a French mood, if you plan to travel to France, virtual or otherwise, or if you just want to be entertained in an amusing, intelligent and uplifting way, this book is truly a must-have. It not only includes those lovingly detailed stories but provides helpful examples on proper use of words and phrases. Oh, and yes, you do brush up your French in a most entertaining and easy fashion: learning a language can indeed be fun! Put it on your list of Books to Buy - you can't go wrong
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Good read and nice ways of learning a language by using french words within context of the stories and idiosyncrasies of them
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A very interesting insight into life in Provence! Useful for any mad Francophiles who wish to seriously improve their French.
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Not a book for people who already have a good knowledge of French. Lightweight.
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Format: Paperback
The book was very good, but the contents were more applicable to the Families concerned, it was typically American in that they think that things that are personal to them, would be of interest to the world.
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