Learning French with Lingoda (REVIEW)

Written by Diane. Posted in French language

Learning French with Lingoda review

Contrary to what many people might think, simply living in France will not magically make you fluent in French in a matter of months. Living here will help you up until a certain point, but to really improve your level, you’ll need to study French beyond what interactions at the pharmacy and grocery store (or small talk) can provide. Having a background in French from high school or college helps, too. But what do you do when you aren’t sure about how to take your French to the next level? Private lessons can be expensive, we don’t all have access to native speakers, and books can be ineffective and boring.

How can a language learner boost their foreign language skills no matter where they are in the world?

With Lingoda.

Read on!

Starbucks in France vs. the USA

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on everything else, on life in France

Starbucks in France vs. the USA

Starbucks is far from a foreign concept in France these days. They exist but mainly in big cities like Paris and aren’t all over the place like you’d find in the USA. I’m the first to admit that regular old Starbucks coffee tastes burnt — I’m more of a Dunkin’ Donuts gal — but what about the convenience of chai and other specialty beverages, free Wi-Fi and comfy chairs? Well, let’s just say I took the convenience factor for granted back home. Luckily though, a couple of Starbucks shops opened up last year in Nantes, the closest big city to me. Starbucks locations are pretty similar when it comes to branding no matter where you are, but there are some marked differences between Starbucks in France versus the USA.

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Travel the stress-free way with SendMyBag

Written by Diane. Posted in on everything else, travel

Travel the stress-free way with sendmybag

Have you ever traveled with an extra suitcase or two? Or skis? Between the fees and the hassle of lugging around an extra 50-lb bag, sometimes trips become more stressful than they have to be. That’s why I want to introduce you to a service I recently heard of that makes getting from Point A to Point B with extra bags a whole heck of a lot easier. It’s called SendMyBag and I wish I’d heard of it years ago!

Read on for my SendMyBag review!

Loire-Atlantique beach day… early spring? (PHOTOS)

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France, travel

Loire-Atlantique beach day

Sometimes Mother Nature likes to tease us with glimpses of an early spring. This weekend was gorgeous, in the 50s out and sunny. What more could you want for February?

We headed west to the beach.

GO!

 

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