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Oct 21 2014

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A movie with crêpes!

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Last Friday the French club screened Les Intouchables with crêpes made by the lovely Valentine!

Come to future film screenings and enjoy more French food!

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Oct 07 2014

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Meet Lucile one of the Willamette World News contributors! Check out our first issue of the year!

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Bonjour tout le monde!

By lbbrown on Oct 2, 2014 in France and tagged 

My name is Lucile Brown and I come from the beautiful country of France. I’m a senior at university and am here at Willamette for a semester.

I come from the West Coast of France,from a rather small town of 18,000 people of the name Challans in a region called Vendée (Pays de la Loire). Its origins date back to the middle ages and there are still numerous sites and buildings that testify to its long history. But what’s more important (and fun!) is just a fifteen-minute drive away from my hometown: the beautiful Atlantic Coast. The sandy beaches stretch for miles and miles, and the (relatively) warm water attracts thousands of tourists from all over France and Europe every summer.

I study in Nantes, one of the major cities of France, where I major in language studies and economics. I am currently studying three languages: English, Spanish and Chinese, which can get confusing sometimes, having to switch from Spanish to Chinese in ten minutes, just the time to get from one classroom to the other…

I’m French, but also American. I was born and raised in France, but my dad is American. He came to France in the 1980’s and left to come back to the US six years ago. Since then, I have spent most of my summer holidays in the US, and have traveled around a little bit. I’ve come to know and deeply appreciate the country, its people and its traditions. I can say that a part of me belongs here, and that’s why I wanted to the US to study for a while. I didn’t have many apprehensions coming here, as I was familiar with the culture, but college life in the US has pleasantly surprised me. Everything is different from the experience of college life I have in France. The thing that surprised me the most was the way people are welcoming and friendly here and because it’s a small campus you always come across someone that you know. I look forward to spending the rest of my semester here at Willamette. A bientôt!

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Sep 25 2014

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Bonjour Bonjour!

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Bonjour Bonjour !

Je m’appelle Valentine, I’m 22 and I will be your French assistant this year! I’m super excited about this year, there are so many things to do in Willamette University and I have so many ideas that I don’t know where to start! … Or maybe I should just start by the beginning…? Yeah, let’s do this!

I’m not only a French speaker, I really am from France. Indeed, I was born in Ajaccio (in Corsica) which is by the way, nicely called “L’île de beauté.” (The Beauty Island) This island is known to be the home of a fierce French people with very  ancient Mediterranean traditions. They want to prevent the effects of globalization from transforming their beloved island. That’s why they automatically refused every McDonald’s construction on their land!  And when you know the place, you understand why they put so much efforts in this. Take a look to this idyllic French region:

But that’s not the end of the story! Indeed, before having my appartment in Marseille and going to Aix-en-Provence University – the same in which Bradley Cooper spent a year, oui oui oui – I grew up and got graduated in the French West Indies, precisely, in Martinique.

As you would have guessed, it is another heavenly French territory (which doesn’t know Winter time). I’d love to make the West Indies’ culture more popular in your eyes. And even though the following photos are all about (splendid) beachs, this place has its own specificities, people, tradition, music, history and, last but not least… food! And it is the case for almost every other regions in France. So one of my goals this year will be to show you how diverse can be the “Frenchitud!”


Oh I almost forgot to talk about the city from which I am from. Marseille. Some of you may have heard about it (in English, it’s Marseilles, don’t know why.) Anyway, let me introduce you to the second biggest city in France – after Paris, of course. It is situated in the South of France, near Nice, Cannes and Saint-Tropez… ( ringing any bells?) Its inhabitants are known for their Mediterranean girls, talking loud, their strong accent, their soccer team: the OM (Olympique de Marseille) and their everlasting sun tan due to the lack of rainy days.



So, hello, my name is Valentine, I’m 22 years old, I come from France, I love the Sun and the beaches, chocolate, “baguette”, koalas and the kissing scenes in movies, I don’t really know what snow looks like but what I know for sure is that I will really really do my best to help you in French. I’m looking forward to meeting you all! A plus tard!




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May 02 2014

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Last day of class!!!

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Unbelievable! The school year is coming to a end!

It has been a lovely year teaching at Willamette! French conversation group had some great folks!

The last day of class was super sunny, so the student of Conversational French went out for a scavenger hunt, and even put their feet in the Mill Stream to get all the clues! So what was the mystery word guys?!

We ended this year by a nice chat around food! Happy summer break Francophone bearcats! Bonnes vacances!!!

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May 02 2014

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Senior theses presentations

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Congrats to our 4 seniors majoring in French who presented their theses last Wednesday!

Rachel Heisterkamp opened this morning with an interesting topic : theater of the absurd, discussing Beckett’s En Attendant Godot, and Eugène Ionesco’s Cantatrice chauve.

She was followed by Dominique Cleary who proposed a reflection on Wallon, an endangered language of Belgium!

Matilda Cornes was next with her theses on graffiti in Paris during May 68!

Finally, Jason Normand closed this enriching morning with his study on young French departing for Jihad.

The 30th of April was not only theses presentation day, but also Dominique’s birthday! Happy birthday Dominique. Eat your cake, You deserve it!

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Nov 08 2013

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French week adventures…

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The French Week as come to an end ! I am tired but happy ! I hope you guys had as much fun as I did !

You couldn’t make it ?

Here are some pictures of our crêpes & games night ! You can always ask Jason, the president of the French club, his delicious crêpe recipe !





We also enjoyed watching Intouchables, a FAN-TAS-TIC movie by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. I highly recommend it. I could lent it to you !

Here is the trailer, and an extract!

What event did you go to? How was your French week?! Tell me, add a comment! :)

Have a wonderful week end!

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Nov 03 2013

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International Halloween Karaoke Night

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Last Thursday was the eagerly awaited International Karaoke night!

This First collaboration between wonderful Denise, Luisa, Anastasia, Rie and I was a big success thanks to you all, so THANK YOU for coming, singing and having fun with us!!!

Thing 1, Thing 2, fairies, Scooby Doo, angels, Little Red Riding Hood, the Joker and many others… You and you costumes were fantastic!

We’re excited to plan the next international event, and hope to see you there :)


Language Assistant Team!


Las Chicas, from Equador y Colombia!


Jaime, taking us on trip to Mexico!!!


Next stop: Austria!!


In China with Lucky and Lyu!


International friendship!!!


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Sep 18 2013

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Le fromage c’est le plus important!!!

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Many of you came to the cheese tasting night organized by the French department and French club last Wednesday!

Bleu d’Auvergne, Chevrot, Compté… and lots of others! Oh! And very important: the baguette!

Take a look, here are the pictures of students experiencing this very French tradition.

A typical French meal is composed of :

1: a main course


2: cheese and bread


3: a dessert

Most French people eat cheese every day, sometimes as a main course for dinner!

Each region of France produces a particular type of cheese.  There are from 350 to 400 distinct types of French cheese. There can be many varieties within each type, leading some to claim close to 1,000 different types of French cheese!!!

In Alsace, the region where I come from, we produce Munster which is probably my favorite! What is your favorite cheese?

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Sep 18 2013

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Bonjour à tous !

My name is Florine, I came from France to be your French Language Assistant!!! Where exactly in France am I from?? A small village in Alsace, in a valley surrounded by vineyards ! Alsace is a wonderful region at the heart of Europe, on France’s eastern border with Germany. Check it out!!!

I went to Strasbourg University, where I got my degree in Literature and French Linguistics.

Here’s a view of the cathedral:

I have dreamt of becoming a teacher for a long, long time because I love exchanging ideas and knowledge.  My desire to teach has been reinforced by the different teaching experiences I have had recently. My dream is coming true here, in our wonderful Willamette University!

I really look forward to meeting you all! My mission: help you with French grammar, conjugation, vocabulary, comprehension, pronunciation… But also to share my culture with you! And why don’t you tell me about yours?!

Visit me during my tutoring ours, on M,T,W afternoon! Come chat with me and other students at the Language Table, Tuesdays at 11:45am and 5:55pm in Goudy!

Merci et  à bientôt!!!

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Mar 20 2013

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Hummmm… ça sent bon !

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Dear Willamette Community,

The French Happy Hour today was a great success with around 30 people attending to French cheese tasting, baguettes and home-made food such as ratatouille and Provence cakes! Thank you all for coming and making of this event a great moment, hope you had a nice time!

As a matter of fact, students and professors asked me for the recipes of the ratatouille and the cakes, so here they go :)


* 2 onions

* 4 bell peppers (green, orange, red, yellow)

* 2 zucchinis

* 1 eggplant (peeled)

* 10 to 12 tomatoes

* parsley

* garlic

* olive oil

* salt

* pepper

* herbes de Provence

1. Wash and cut all the vegetables except the tomatoes.

2. Put some olive oil in a large pan and when hot enough toss the onions until they become transparent.

3. Toss the rest of the vegetables until they are cooked evenly.

4. In a blender, put parsley, 4 garlic cloves, the tomatoes, salt and pepper and mix altogether.

5. Pour the tomato sauce over the vegetables and leaves the pan on middle heat until the sauce reduced. Add the herbs of Provence.

6. Try and season with salt and pepper according to your taste. Bon appétit!

Gâteau de Provence (Provence’s cake)

* 3 eggs

* 1 cup of sugar

* 2 spoons of honey

* 1 cup of milk

* 1 cup of canola oil

* 2 cups of flour

* 1 tea spoon of baking powder

* 1/2 organic lemon

* 1/2 organic orange

1. Grate the lemon’s and orange’s zest. Squeeze both and keep the juice. In a pan with a bit of water and honey, toss the zest and leave it on medium heat until it absorbs the liquid.

2. Beat the eggs with the sugar, add the honey, the milk, the canola oil, the lemon and orange juice and finally add the flour, the baking powder and the glazed zests.

3. Toss in a buttered mould and put in the oven fro 30min at 300°F

4. Enjoy!

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