Blog posts on a variety of topics, written by our Alliance Fraçaise de Chicago team!

“Ça va ?” : A conversation

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Salut tout le monde, ça va? Have you ever noticed how much francophones use the phrase ça va? Yeah, a lot. Like a lot, a lot. It feels like you…

Patricia’s must see DVD’s

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Patricia Florio is a member of the Alliance Française and a valued patron of the Brown library. One of the things she loves most about the Brown Library is the…

Reporting from the treetops of Madagascar

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So here we are, dear reader… on a new adventure. Why would we stop at La Martinique when another Francophone pocket of the world calls. Let’s trade shipwrecks and volcanoes for…

Mais Oui! Podcast – Maël’s Recommendation (en français)

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The Mais Oui! Podcast from the Alliance Française de Chicago continues! Today- episode 5 of the Staff Recommendation series. We talk to Maël Ginsburger (Culture and Administration intern), as he…

Mais Oui! Podcast – Zoe’s Recommendation

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The Mais Oui! Podcast from the Alliance Française de Chicago continues! Today- episode 4 of the Staff Recommendation series. We talk to Zoe Moore (cultural intern) before her internship is…

Mais Oui! Podcast – Marie’s Recommendation (en français)

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The Mais Oui! Podcast from the Alliance Française de Chicago continues! Today- episode 3 of the Staff Recommendation series. We talk to Marie Lhuillery-Weber (brand specialist), as she gives us…

What lurks beneath the surface?

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Time to stop treating la France Hexagonale like it is the only part of France that matters. Let’s travel to Les Caraïbes and explore La Martinique. Now, if your interest…

Mais Oui! Podcast – Ethan’s Recommendation

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The Mais Oui! Podcast from the Alliance Française de Chicago continues! Today- episode 2 of the Staff Recommendation series. We talk to Ethan Safron (archive intern), as he gives us…

Mais Oui! Podcast from the Alliance Française de Chicago

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Welcome to the very first Mais Oui! Podcast from the Alliance Française de Chicago. This podcast will feature different series and topics throughout the coming months. Today, we welcome Renée Saito (director…

Christiane Taubira,  « On n’y échappera pas »

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Taubira… Ce nom porte des consonances différentes pour chaque personne vivant en France, mais il est rarement inconnu. Il évoque souvent une loi, celle de 2013, qui a valu à…

Edith Piaf lives through “Piaf! Le Spectacle”

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Edith Piaf. If you don’t know her name, you surely know her music. Her raspy yet smooth, inviting voice has captured the hearts of millions of people over the decades…

Un café, s’il vous plaît!

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Bonjour tout le monde, Your favorite Alliance intern here. If you are anything like me, you enjoy a good cup of coffee. I know some of you aren’t fans of coffee,…

Superfluous: An Architectural Project

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    J’ai rencontré dans la rue un jeune homme très pauvre qui aimait : son chapeau était vieux, son habit était usé ; il avait les coudes troués ;…

Le projet français IV

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Bonjour à tous, Il y a deux semaine, on a écrit un email à l’école, ça y est! On a demandé une interview avec les chefs, pour le 11 septembre….

Immersion Day: A fun French day

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Being a new intern at the Alliance Française, I am still learning about the many classes, workshops, and events that go on here, including Immersion Day. For weeks now, we…

Francophones in the outfield!

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Does America’s pastime translate to the langue de Molière ? Mais oui! Learn les positions de baseball en français and meet some of the many big-name players have connections to France. Here’s…

Le Projet Français III

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Bonjour tout le monde! La semaine dernière, nous avons partagé une liste de francophones célèbres à Chicago que nous avons considérés pour l’interview. C’était une décision difficile, mais nous avons…

Summer Viewing List

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Bonjour chers lecteurs, My name is Ilyssa Silverman, and I’m an intern at the Alliance Française this summer. I am a rising sophomore at Tufts University, a French and Biopsychology…

Le Projet Français II

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Bonjour! Cette semaine nous avons discuté des personnes potentielles pour notre interview. Il y a beaucoup de personnes intéressantes qui sont des francophones célebres à Chicago. Voici la liste finale:…

Le Projet Francais

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Bonjour tout le monde ! Laissez nous nous présenter… Nous sommes un groupe d’étudiants français qui termine le niveau A2 à l’Alliance Française de Chicago et nous entreprenons un projet spécial…

FrogProv – Your time to shine?

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Theater buff? Improv fan? Don’t pass this by, this post is for YOU! We recently learned about a fantastic project involving French AND English language… Forgprov! Since this kind of…

Summer is Sizzling: Lisons Ensemble!

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Summer Reading List 2017 As much as I love hanging out by the beach and playing volleyball, nothing compares to relaxing with a good book in the summer sun. The…

Meet the Family Lefko-Olson and read why they love the Alliance!

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This Spring, we had the pleasure of learning more about Robert, Annika and Martiene, former students of the Alliance and Chez Kids Academy! Read more about their fascinating journey with French!…

French woman, science, wit and “bonheur”

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On June 8, the Alliance Française de Chicago will re-create a “Salon parisien” inspired by a significant woman of her time Émilie, Marquise du Châtelet. Zoé Moore tells us more about…

Student Spotlight: Lauren Jones

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I had two short but amazing experiences in Paris that started me on my French language-learning journey. I loved the city, food and culture and wanted to go back for…

Fashion of the Belle Époque

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The Belle Époque period lasted from 1871 to 1914, the end of the Franco-Prussian war to the beginning of WWI. It is also known as the Edwardian era and the Gilded…

Thomas Robert Brashler

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Thomas was a fantastic student, an avid Francophile and an even better person to be around. We feel lucky that we got to know him and interact with him on so many…

Indulge in some French comfort food

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Comfort food is an almost universally known concept. You have a hard day, you come home and you eat a gallon of mac and cheese and maybe you just feel a…

How to plant your thyme seeds!

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If you want instructions on how to grow your thym (thyme) seeds from Earth day, you’re in the right place! Thyme is excellent for container planting inside and outside. If you…

Verlan your French! How can your French sound more like a native speaker?

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If you have ever learned a second language you probably have had the experience realizing that the language you are working so hard to learn might be very different from the way that…

La francophonie behind the scenes

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During the entire month of March, we at the Alliance Française de Chicago have hosted a variety of events as part of our Festival de Francophonie. By the end of…

Student Spotlight: Lisa Kinney

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What was it about the Alliance Française that first interested you? I was interested in the Alliance Française because of its reputation as being one of the best French language…

Finding Love at the Alliance Française

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By Monica Fredette (With input from Yves Fredette) I met the love of my life on March 10, 2007 at Le Festival de la Francophonie at Chicago’s Alliance Française. It all…

We met Dany Laferrière… Do you want to know all about it?

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A few weeks ago, on February 13, in conversation with our very own Director of Programs, Aimee Laberge, Dany Laferrière told us stories about his life. When asked where he lives…

The romance between French and English

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No language is a completely static thing. In a way, a language breathes and grows, similar to a living organism. Over time, words are gained and words are lost. English…

Learning a new language makes you a better person

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Imagine that you are on the train. You’re sitting down and trying to read an Alliance Française blog post on your phone but you can’t help but get distracted by…

Irène Jacob for a live jazz concert at the Alliance!

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Irène Jacob is a singer and an actress of stage and screen. She doesn’t seem to be one to shy away from any genre and her career so far is…

Dolphins become bilingual in their sleep. What does that mean for us humans?

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At the Planète Sauvage in Port-Saint-Père, France in 2011 it was observed that captive dolphins were talking in their sleep. While sleep-talking in general can be rather alarming, what made this…

Cheesy cheesy melty food

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In the mid-west we are known for our casseroles and hot dishes. If you grew up here you might have memories of eating mounds of tater tot hot dish or green…

Turning sour grapes into Champagne

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If you clicked on this post, you probably have some idea of what champagne is. You might be able to recall the pleasant fizz of the bubbles or a particular…

Read our interview with Sophie Loubière!

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    Sophie Loubière is a French journalist and writer who already published more than ten novels. She is urrently working on a new one, Bloody Coffee and this one…

Fun facts about Tales of Hoffmann

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Jaques Offenbach composed the opera The Tales of Hoffmann in the late 1870s. Before dying he apparently had a premonition that he would not survive to see his opera performed… He ended up…

When our Programs Director meets Dany Laferrière and tells us all about it!

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I met Dany Laferrière at the Salon du livre de Quebec in April 1986, where I was peddling my first publication, a collection of bad poems hesitating between French and…

French Loop to the rescue!

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What do you do if you want to learn French at the Alliance Française de Chicago but none of our classes fit your busy schedule or it’s an ordeal for you to…

Apple of the earth

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The potato arrived in Europe at the end of the 16th century with very little fanfare, yet it soon found its way into the hearts and stomachs of many as…

How music can aid in language learning

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Here at the Alliance Francaise we are always interested in learning about new ways to acquire language. So when we found this article we thought you could be interested too! Cap…

Last days for the AF Holiday Market!

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  The Alliance Française de Chicago team is very happy to host its first Marché de Noël ! Before, between or after your classes, shop and enjoy our very unique…

Let us treat you to a FREE French class!

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And no, that’s not a joke! ‘Tis holiday season after all so treat yourself or your friends and family by signing up for our Guest program. Call us (312) 337-1070…

Coup de coeur… Les Pépites

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Dear students, dear friends, dear all of you… When we see something we like, it’s hard to keep it to ourselves. That’s who we are at the Alliance Française de…

Fête de fin d’année et de l’école

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A ne pas manquer!   It is that time of year again… when we welcome you and your friends, our students, teachers, and volunteers to celebrate work well-done en français…

Library Recommendations: Francophone African Literature

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The Brown Médiathèque at the Alliance has a great selection of Francophone novels from Africa. Culturethèque, the online French library, also offers Francophone African literature. Alliance members have FREE access to Culturethèque! Register here….

AF Student Spotlight: Dennis Smithenry

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AF Student Spotlight: Dennis Smithenry   When Dennis Smithenry learned that his ancestors were from Alsace, France, he became motivated to learn French in honor of his family heritage. His journey at…

Tricot Social

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Voulez-vous ‘crochet’ avec moi? Sign up for “Tricot Social”!   About the Course Join crochet designer Heïdi Mullins-Lemieux for an exclusive introduction to the art of crochet: Tricot Social! In this crochet…

Sign up for Fast Track courses!

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Take the “fast lane” in French at the Alliance with our new Fast Track courses! Fast Track courses are running from September 6 through September 9. This your chance to improve…

Improv en français

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Check out the brand new course “Improv en Français” at the Alliance this fall!   About the Course Taught by Renée–Claude Thériault, this course is designed to help you think on…

Yet another reason why French is great…or 5 actually!

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”There are good reasons for learning other languages. As scientists unlock more of the neurological secrets of the brain, they’re learning that speaking more than one language may have cognitive…

Keep practicing your French on the go with the new FREE Saison app!

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You can download it here for Android and on Itunes for Ipad.  Let us know if you have questions.

French Beginnings: A new kids event at the Alliance

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Saturday, April 09, 2016 9 a.m. – 12:30, Free Admission 54 W. Chicago Avenue A morning of fun, games, and a photo booth. Spend a memorable day with your kids chez…

An inspirational story at the Alliance …

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As we enter a new year, we wanted to share with you what we believe is a very inspirational story about one of our students. Meet Marc!   Marc is a…

2016, bonjour!

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Chers étudiants, Au nom de toute l’équipe de l’Alliance Française de Chicago nous tenons à vous remercier pour cette belle année 2015. Ce fut un plaisir de la passer en…