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Vent Frais is the voice of the French Language Villages and programs. Allons dans le grand vent!

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Pwotèj la mangwov an nou : protecting the mangroves of Guadeloupe

Published: March 5, 2019

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...

Connecting with Heritage through Language

Published: February 12, 2019

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.”

Spotlight: Credit Villager Documentary

Published: March 28, 2018

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.​

La Vie Verte: Experiences with Sustainability in France

Published: February 22, 2018

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?

Francophone writer and creators inspire this year’s Village Weekend programs

Published: February 1, 2018

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.