It’s been a while since we’ve delved into a pot pourri of this and that and as always I’ve been collecting tidbits in my “dossier” — love that word, as if I’m a spy or something. As usual, I have no coherent thread to tie everything together seamlessly so I shall rely on subheads. Here we go. . .
Help Wanted (Desperately Needed): A Language Conundrum
|British English or American English? That’s the least of the problem.|
As you know, in order to spend concentrated time with French friends, I teach advanced English language classes. They are a great deal of fun for me and at the same time they help me improve my French. The other day I mentioned the mutual problem (s) they and I have with prepositions. Now I have a question for you. Perhaps one/some of you are grammar experts or better yet, English teachers.
I do know my grammar, but don’t know why. In other words, sometimes I cannot explain it which can be frustrating for my French students who never seem to forget their grammar.
This is my latest problem: In an exercise we did in class, the sentence went something like this:
“Catherine Deneuve is considered — choose one, ‘to be‘ or ‘as’ — a great actress.”
OK, I know it’s “to be” the problem is I don’t know why. Do you?
Strange, But Sort of Cute
|These are not tennis balls. They are gum balls.|
I trust these gum balls, sold at Colette, the painfully trendy boutique in Paris, are not furry the way they appear. The timing is perfect since Maria Sharapova is a finalist at the Roland Garros tennis tournament (the French Open). Tomorrow she will play against Serena Williams.
Yesterday, after Serena won her semi-final match she gave an interview to French television and she spoke French (!). The crowd was pleased and amazed.
What Do You Think This Is?
When I first saw it, I thought it was a vacuum cleaner, then I thought it was some tricked-out hair or skin or body steam machine. It is none of those things.
It’s an iron. But, as you can see it’s clearly more than an iron. It appears to be a complete dry cleaning pressing machine of some sort. It won the Grand Prize for innovative design at the 2013 Paris Fair.
It comes with lots of accessories, is called “Lift Pinky Pop” and is made by Lauraster. The price you may be wondering? A mere 499 Euros. Remember it’s not just an iron, it is also all about design and that changes everything when you’re toiling away, nest-ce pas?
Haven’t We Been There & Done That?
|Essie 10 Blanc.|
|Dior Blanc with attitude. It features a nacre white finish.|
If we can paint our fingernails black, gray, green or yellow, why not white? Right?
That’s the new message for summer we’re being told.