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Tips to Flaunt your Frenchness

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Celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day
On June 24th, whether it’s at home, alone, with family members or with your local community, right in here in BC.

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Kiss your loved ones
Because cheek kissing when greeting friends and family members is in most francophone culture, we encourage everyone to kiss!

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July 14th is French National Day

Commemorating the storming of the Bastille on 14th July 1789, Bastille Day takes place on the same date each year.

4

Discover some Francophone singers

We’ve listed six of the many amazing Francophone artists

  • Coeur de pirate
  • Odelaf
  • Amadou et Mariam
  • BB brunes
  • Stromae
  • Mika

5

Celebrate Youth!

July 23 is World Youth Day and it is a great excuse to go on the street and play hockey. Don’t forget to invite your neighborhood youngsters to play with you.

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Enjoy your favourite Francophone beer!

Here are a few suggestions

  • Boréale (Québec)
  • La Gazelle (Sénégal)
  • Leffe (Belgium)
  • Ch’ti (France)

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Give a French nickname to your cat

Here are examples

  • Chat botté (Puss in Boots)
  • Gros minet (Sylvester)

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Enjoy the French clichés!

Whether it’s by wearing a striped shirt, partying around a fondue or eating a baguette, enjoy the French stereotypes

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Share Francophone Theme Photos

Take the funniest and most Francophone picture. If you need some inspiration, here is a list of artists

  1. Robert Doisneau: famous black and white pictures of Paris
  2. Jean Depara: nightlife photos in Kinshasa, Congo, between the 50′ and 70′
  3. Martine Franck: a female Belgian photographer of the twentieth century
  4. Stephanie Lamy: one of the many talented French photographers based in Vancouver

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Visit a bilingual Blog online

Here are some suggestions

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Learn new idioms

Would you be able to link them to each other?

  1. An té ké vlé (I would like)
  2. C’est quétaine (It’s lame)
  3. Une sans-confiance (A flip-flop)
  4. Ça va le chalet ou quoi? (Are you crazy or something?)
  1. Cameroun
  2. Switzerland
  3. Québec
  4. Guadeloupe

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Celebrate Labour Day

September 7 is Labour Day in Canada. Did you know that in all the other Francophone countries Labour Day is on May 1st?

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Wear French clothes

Fall is near, you should embrace the temperature changes and flaunt your Frenchness with your clothing!

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Participate in Culture Days

Culture Days has been founded in 2009 and aims to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

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Discover the French side of Vancouver International Film Festival

September 27 to October 12 2018

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Add a Francophone Dish to Your Thanksgiving Celebration!

This year, have fun and Flaunt your Frenchness by trying a traditional Francophone dish. Here are a few examples

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Discover some business success-stories

This week discover some inspiring Francophone SME’s success-stories. Here are some examples.

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Wake Up Your Taste Buds!

If you are looking for the perfect bottle of wine to enhance a specific dish, we have listed a few user-friendly websites below:

  • Vinepair: ludic and simple.
  • SAQ: detailed and resourceful – available in both French and English.
  • PlatsNetVins: unique and practical.

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Switch on your TV for some French-Speaking Cartoons Around the World

We made a small selection of some must-see Francophone cartoons for your enjoyment.

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Resolving Commuting Boredom

Your commute is getting longer as the day of the week passes? Then, we have something for you: French Podcasts!

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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is celebrated in most Francophone countries since the end of the First World War. We commemorate the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

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Enjoy Beaujolais Nouveau

This young wine, tasted only two months after the grape harvest, has built its reputation in recent years, but its existence is actually much older.

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Bring the Magic of the Circus to your Week!

What are the four Francophone circuses below known for?

  • Circus Knie (Switzerland)
  • Cavalia (Québec, Canada)
  • Les 7 doigts de la main (Québec, Canada)
  • Circus Plume (France)

Specialties to find:

  • Clown, trapeze, shadow theater and actors theater
  • Training of animals and tightrope walking
  • Acrobatics and juggling
  • Equestrian and acrobatic techniques

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Say thank you to the volunteers you meet

Through volunteerism, everyone can have an impact on mobilizing and engaging governments and communities. In Canada, more than 45% of people aged 15 years and older participate in some form of volunteer work each year.

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Let’s Warm Up With A Hint Of Creole Culture

Creole designates a language and a culture in its own right as well as the inhabitants of former colonies or overseas departments. More info here.

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Get Prepared For A Flavorful Christmas

We all enjoy a little bit of French during the holidays and Christmas will soon be upon us. Enjoy a Yule Log (France), a Tourtière (Québec) or Cougnou (Belgique) for the occasion.

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Merry Christmas To You

The entire Flaunt Your Frenchness team wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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Happy New Year!

We wish you a beautiful and happy New Year. May this year bring you loads of joy and prosperity.

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It’s Time to Eat the King Cake!

A king cake is a type of cake associated in a number of countries with the festival of Epiphany, celebrated on January 6. It is a popular food item in Belgium, France, Québec, and Switzerland.

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Do You Notice the Beauty of Urban Designs?

Cities have much to offer… but do we pay attention to their architectural style? Discover two typical and very different Francophone architecture styles:

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Discover The French Spirit Of India

Dive into Pondicherry, a former French trading post that France managed for nearly 300 years in India. Despite the fact that this colonization ended decades ago, the French influence still remains. More info

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Candlemas Day Is Coming

February 2nd is Candlemas Day which means we are going to flip some crepes!
Originally, at the time of the Romans, it was a festival in honor of the god Pan. All night, the believers wandered the streets of Rome, waving torches. Meanwhile, another tradition was born: Crepes Day (mostly celebrated in European francophone countries).

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Enjoy some traditional music from French-Speaking Countries

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Honor Canadian History and Culture

February 19 is Heritage Day. It was established in 1973 by the Heritage Canada Foundation and is celebrated the 3rd Monday of February to encourage the preservation and promotion of Canada’s nationally significant historic, architectural, natural and scenic heritage.

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Did You Know About Mother Language Day?

In 1999, February 21 was declared International Mother Language Day by UNESCO.

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Say It In French!

March 1st is world Compliment Day! Have fun by complimenting someone you appreciate or a perfect stranger… in French!

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Festival du Bois is in March

Come Flaunt Your Frenchness March 23rd, 24th, and 25th at Mackin Park in Maillardville!

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Add A Pinch Of Frenchness In Your Beverage

These 4 beverages have something Francophone:

  • Louis XV Chocolate
  • Lemonade
  • Chaudeau
  • Iced Tea with Citrus

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What Will You Be Doing For Francophonie Day?

March 20th is International Francophonie Day. It’s a day to celebrate the French language and Francophone culture.

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Introducing Some Francophone Comedies

Here is a selection of some easy Francophone movies to watch:

  • C.R.A.Z.Y. (Québec)
  • Tokyo Fiancée (Belgium)
  • Rock The Casbah (Maroc)
  • Tanguy (France)

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April Fools!

Try to prank your loved ones in French this year!

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Learn new idioms (2)

Try to link the idioms to their origin:

  1. Se faire des crolles (To curl one’s hair)
  2. Etre amouré (To be in love)
  3. Avoir des bidous (To have money)
  4. La cerise sur le gâteau (The icing on the cake)
  1. France
  2. Mali
  3. Belgium
  4. Québec 

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Four Of The Most Amazing Roads To Travel

This week, we’ve selected 4 must-see roads to ride for their splendor, located in French-speaking countries around the world.

  1. Les gorges du Dadès, Morocco
  2. La Baie du Cap, Mauritius
  3. Col du Klausen, Switzerland
  4. Calvi-Porto Route, Corsica

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Homemade Croissants Are Easy To Make

 

What do you need?

  • 1 round puff pastry
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Chocolate spread or jam (optional)

 

 

How to do it?

  1. Cut the dough into triangles
  2. Put some chocolate or jam on the broad side of the triangle
  3. Roll the triangle from the wider side toward the tip
  4. Brush the top of the croissant with egg yolk
  5. Bake on a rack for 30 minutes at 180 ° C (350 ° F)

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Let’s Dance!

April 29 is International Dance Day. This date was chosen to commemorate Jean-Georges Noverre‘s birthday (1727-1810), a French dancer and ballet master, the creator of modern ballet.

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Four French Things That Are Not So French!

  1. French fries
  2. French manicure
  3. French braid
  4. French kissing

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Make A Julia Child Style Omelet

It’s easy to make an omelet but it’s better to know the tricks! Click HERE to see the recipe.

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French Expressions That You’ve Seen Before… In English

  • Déjà vu: “already seen”
  • Coup de foudre: lit. “strike of thunder”
  • Cul-de-sac: lit. “bottom of the bag”
  • Faux pas: lit. “wrong step”
  • Matinee: lit. “morning”
  • Potpourri: lit. “rotten pot”
  • R.S.V.P: Répondez S’il Vous Plaît lit. “Respond If It Pleases You”

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Learn About The Cajun Culture

Cajuns speak the Cajun French, derived from the original French spoken by soldiers and settlers in Louisiana before the arrival of the Acadians. About 8% of the population speaks French fluently nowadays.

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Can You Find Out Which Francophone Philosopher Said What?

“A thousand things advance; nine hundred and ninety-nine retreat; this is progress.”

“Fatality prevails when one believes in it.”

“The discovering my own identity doesn’t mean that I work it out in isolation, but that I negotiate it through dialogue, partly overt, partly internal, with others.”

“When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.”

Philosophers to find:
Simone de Beauvoir (France)

Amadou Hampâté Bâ (Mali)

Henri-Frédéric Amiel (Switzerland)

Charles Taylor (Québec)

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The Best Novels To Read This Summer

  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (La Vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert)
  • Kamouraska
  • The Ladies’ Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames)
  • Sarcelles-Dakar

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Summer Is Coming. Let’s Enjoy Some Festivals!

  • Festival d’été, Vancouver, BC
  • Fête de la musique (music festivals in many cities in France, Belgium, Switzerland)
  • Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival, Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Festival d’Avignon, France
  • Heiva, French Polynesia (celebration of indigenous culture)
  • Musique du bout du monde, Gaspé, Québec (world music festival)