by Marianne “Bonjour!” I say to my neighbor, Luciana. “Bonsoir!” she replies. It’s only 2:30 in the afternoon. Why was she saying “good evening?” While it surprised me during first few days of my stay in Guadeloupe, I’ve since gotten used to it: if it’s after noon in Guadeloupe, I know to greet folks with bonsoir instead of bonjour. When I first arrived, I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I was constantly comparing...
This is generally one of the first questions I am asked when people find out I speak French. They seem surprised I didn’t choose a more common language in my area, like Spanish. They are even more surprised by my answer - “Because I’m Lebanese.”
This past summer, villagers in stage crédit documentaire conducted interviews with staff and peers to illustrate the various reasons people are passionate about languages and why they come to camp.
Grand merci à tous les villageois qui ont créé ce documentaire! Their research also contributed to our newest French poster: Why Learn French.
When I think about sustainability, I normally focus on what I can do at home… However, what happens when you are not at home? What about the way people help the Earth around the world?
If you’ve studied French in the classroom, you’ve probably encountered Corneille, Voltaire, Jean de la Fontaine, Molière, et ainsi de suite. CLV’s French Village Weekends would like to introduce you to a more diverse group of writers and creators who are the inspiration for our activities and menus this year. Maybe some of them will make it on this year’s reading and listening list.