Maman And Loulou

Encouragement for parents who want to give their child a gift of another language

Foundations

The first sentence I learned when I came back to the language after the Paris trip was “ne tentez pas mon passager noir.” Which, for all you fellow Dexter fans means: Don’t tempt my dark passenger. While it was fun…

The King on the Summit

Bonjour a tous! First of all, I apologize for my absence. The holidays got crazy, I learned that I have a month to find a new place and Mon Loulou turns 8 this Saturday! No fear, we haven’t given up…

Smarter Than We Realize

As I have stated before, I have self-taught myself to an intermediate level in French. Though I struggle the most with comprehension and I know my grammar is far from parfaite, I can get by if people don’t rattle off…

The Circle In the Square

“They are just off having mini conversations in his room and I have no clue what they are saying!” This is part of what I overheard my husband saying to his mom. Mind you, this is the same husband that…

It Takes A Village

As I said before, I can’t afford to up and move my kid to France. Even if I could, his father (with whom I share custody) would lock us in a storm cellar before allowing that. With a blended family,…

Pride is the Parent of Destruction

My mom was a very proud woman. Sometimes this was great because it was one of the things that drove her to put her heart and soul into everything she did. It was also her greatest fault because she could…

The Calm Killer

Ever hear the old adage: stress kills? No, I am not here to lecture you on matters of your health and well-being. I presume you are a grown adult and will trust that you know how to keep your body…

And the Rest Is History

Learning a language in and of itself is assez difficule, but I am a firm believer that it is equally important to learn the culture of the people who speak it. First and foremost, the way that people speak to…

Never Do Nothing

If you are a parent, I am confident that you can empathize with the fact that there are some days that you are just running on fumes. These are the days where you feel like you deserve a trophy for…

Label Junkie

Labels are your new best friends. No, they won’t accompany you into the bathroom or listen to you cry when your boyfriend doesn’t text you back right away, but they can support you in your goal of learning a language…

Writing: The Painting of the Voice

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” — E.L. Doctorow As I said before, I had this wild dream of speaking flawless French in under a year, then subsequently (despite my experience to the…

Teach a Child to Fish

If you are a parent, you are well aware of that fact that children have the attention spans of goldfish, and that is probably being generous. So, when trying to undertake something as expansive as teaching them an entire friggin…

A Place to Start

Since realizing that immersion was not really realistic for our situation, I had to figure out what I could start with that was relevant and useful to Bryston’s growth, but stayed within my own competences. Most of the programs and…

Baby Steps

Most people struggle the most taking the first few steps of a new journey. That is not the case for me. I will jump in with absolutely no hesitation, brimming with enthusiasm, typically with absolutely no plan whatsoever (ask my…