Sep 18 2013

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

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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Mar 19 2013

French Happy Hour! Vive la France !!!

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Dear Willamette Community,
The French Department invites to a French Happy Hour with cheese tasting, a bit of sunny Provence brought to you through a home-made “ratatouille“, check the recipe here: and baguette.
Come enjoy French games and French music around nice and tasty food!
Wednesday, March 19 from 4 to 5.30pm we’ll wait for you in Kremer’s Room in Ford Building, come along and bring your friends along to enjoy French culture!
Here is the poster!
Hope to see you there,

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Mar 10 2013


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In the name of all the Teaching Assistants at Willamette University, Gabriela and Ivan (Spanish Department), Isabelle (German Departement), Wenwen (Chinese Department), Rie (Japanese Department) and Maria (French Department):

We would like to thank all the members and students of Willamette University for making of our International Karaoke Night a huge success with more than 50 people attending! Thank you for coming and singing in French, German, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and English and sharing our cultures together! We had a great time!

Watch out for our next International event… it’s gonna rock!

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Mar 04 2013

Les reines du karaoké… Karaoke’s Queens!

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Dear Willamette Community,

The Language Assistants’ team: Isabelle (German), Gabriela (Spanish), Rie (Japanese), Wenwen (Chinese) and myself (French) are inviting you all to an amazing multicultural gathering event around a karaoke night where we will listen and sing along songs from all over the world! If you have special requests, please send them to <hernandm>. The karaoke night will take place:

March Friday 8th in Kremer Board Room, Ford Building from 7pm

until the end of the night! We will provide drinks and food such as snacks and candies :)

In order to warm up and get ready, here are a few Youtube links to songs with their lyrics which are must-haves during French karaoke nights:

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Feb 28 2013

Willamette World News – French Music

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This week’s Willamette World News is all about music!

Check out Maria’s post about French music here.
Also, read the rest of the entries from out language assistants here.


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Jan 28 2013

La Chandeleur et Mardi Gras !

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Bonjour à tous !

Me voilà de retour pour le second semestre avec la première soirée cinéma afin de célébrer dignement la Chandeleur et Mardi Gras ! Le mois de février est un mois gourmand en France venez déguster des crêpes faites maison tout en regardant une comédie qui présente les clichés Nord/Sud d’une manière humoristique irrésistible ! Je vous attend Mercredi 6 Février à 6.30pm, WLT 235, venez nombreux !


I am back for the second semester with the first French movie night to celebrate la Chandeleur and Mardi Gras ! February is a gourmand month in France, come and savor home made crêpes while watching a great comedy which shows the clichés between the North and the South of France in an irresistible humorist tone ! I’ll be waiting for you on Wednesday 6th April from 6.30pm in WLT 235, come along!

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Nov 10 2012

Semaine française… French Week!

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Bonjour à tous ! Hello everybody!

La France s’invite sur le campus de Willamette du 12 au 16 novembre pendant la Semaine française !!! De nombreuses activités vont être organisées pour promouvoir la France, la langue et la culture française ainsi que la francophonie ! Venez nombreux !!!

France invites itself on Willamette campus from 12th to 16th November during the French Week!!! A lots of activities are organized in order to promote France, the French language and culture as well as Francophonie! Please feel free to attend!!!

  • Compétitions de devinettes : surveillez votre boîte mail et participez en trouvant les réponses aux devinettes. Soyez le plus rapide, répondez aux cinq devinettes du lundi au vendredi et gagnez un prix à la fin de la semaine !
  • Riddles’ competition: watch out for your email box and find the answers to the riddles. Be the quickest, reply to the five riddles from monday to friday and win a prize at the end of the week!


Marathon du cinéma français lundi, mercredi et jeudi de 19h à 21h dans le bâtiment Ford, salle 101 (Language Learning Studio)

French Movies’ Marathon Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7pm to 9pm in Ford Building, room 101

  • Lundi 12 novembre : OSS 117 : Le Caire Nid d’Espions / Monday 12th November: OSS 117, Nest of Spies

  • Mercredi 14 novembre : Axtérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre / Wednesday 14th November: Astérix and Obélix : Mission Cleopatra

  • Jeudi 15 novembre : Les Visiteurs / Thursday 15th November : The Visitors

—————————————————————————————————————————————————Lundi 12 Novembre 16h-18h, WISH Kitchen / Monday 12th November 4 to 6pm, WISH Kitchen

Cours de cuisine : Venez apprendre à faire des crêpes et bien sûr à les manger ensuite !
Cooking class: Come and learn how to cook crêpes and eat them afterwards of course!


Dégustation de fromages français / French cheeses’ tasting!

Mercredi 14 novembre de 16h à 18h, Montag Den / Wednesday 14th November from 4 to 6pm, Montag Den

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Oct 18 2012

La Journée de la Jupe… Skirt’s Day

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Vaut mieux tard que jamais, j’organise enfin ma première soirée du cinéma français à Willamette Mercredi 24 octobre à 19h dans le World Language Studio, salle 101, bâtiment Ford!

Je vous attend nombreux et nombreuses pour la projection de la Journée de la Jupe, un film réalisé par Jean-Paul Lilenfeld avec la très célèbre actrice française Isabelle Adjani. Primé de 3 Césars, dont le César de la Meilleure Actrice à Isabelle Adjani et le César du Meilleur Film de l’année, ce film incarne le renouveau du cinéma français.

Voilà la synopsis du film :

“Sonia Bergerac, professeur dans un collège, est au bord de la dépression nerveuse depuis que son mari l’a quitté. Un matin, elle découvre une arme cachée dans le sac d’un élève. Elle s’en empare et, involontairement, tire sur l’un d’entre eux. Paniquée, elle prend la classe en otage…” (Allociné.fr)


Better late than never, I finally organize my first french movie night at Willamette U on Wednesday, October 24 from 7 to 9pm in the World Language Studio, Room 101, Ford building.

I will be waiting for all of you to show you the Skirt’s day, a movie by Jean-Paul Lilenfeld with the very famous french actress Isabelle Adjani. It won three Césars (Highest French Movie Rewards) among them the César of the best actress for Isabelle Adjani and for the Best French Movie of the Year. Skirt’s Day embodies the renewal of successful French cinema’s industry.

Here is the sypnosis:

“Sonia Bergerac (Adjani) is a French literature teacher who favours wearing a skirt and teaches at a high school in a bad neighborhood. She increasingly resents the daily burden of violence and interaction with unmotivated students, even more so since the departure of her husband.

During the rehearsal of a theatre play with one of her classes, she finds a gun in a student’s bag. She struggles to grab the gun, and a shot is fired accidentally that injures the student’s leg. Totally overwhelmed, she loses control and takes her class hostage, opportunistically creating a proper — although biased — teaching environment.” (

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