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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…

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…

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…

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…

Francophone 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…