I am always looking for new techniques to learn French and a few weeks ago I was happy to receive a free two-month trial course from Frantastique. Frantastique offers online French classes with a daily email lesson.
Before the lesson, I was sent a questionnaire testing my knowledge of French and my answers permitted Frantastique to customize my lessons according to my level. Lesson 1 started with a quirky animated video where two space aliens land in Paris and discover famous French citizens such as Edith Piaf and Victor Hugo. After watching, there were questions pertaining the video about the meaning of certain words, vocabulary, conjugation of verbs, phrase meanings and singular/plural versions of pronouns. What’s also helpful are the audio exercises, where you can distinguish the slight differences in pronunciation. The instructions for each lesson are in French but also have an English button if you don’t understand the information.
When you complete the answers, there is a submit button on the bottom and a few minutes later you receive an email with the right answers and corrections. What I found useful was there was an in depth explanation of the incorrect answers, so I would know not to make the same mistake next time.
There is also a “dessert” on the bottom of each lesson, a bit of Francophone culture in the form of music, cinema or literature relating to the story of the day. The first lesson had a kitschy audio clip from Serge Gainsbourg tune, Melody Nelson.
Each lesson takes about 10-15 minutes, perfect for people on a busy schedule who don’t have a lot for time but enough to learn something valuable everyday.
I look forward to my next lessons and fun videos for the next few weeks.
Click here to receive a free week of French lessons from Frantastique.
My Paris Apartment for Rent October 29 to November 11
I am renting my fabulous Paris apartment in the heart of the Marais near St. Paul metro, from October 29 to November 11, a total of 14 nights. It's a spacious one-bedroom 750 sq. ft. loft style apartment with 12 ft. ceilings, decorated in chic Mid-Century Modern furniture and sleeps one or two people in a Queen size bed. Amenities include washer/dryer, 16" flat screen TV, dishwasher, internet connection/Wifi and free long distance calls to the U.S. The apartment is located on the second floor with an elevator.
The price is $225 a night with a minimum rental 7 nights. Price is negotiable if staying more than 7 nights. Photos upon request. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Dates are flexible by two to three days on each end but please do not email me with other dates.
Eye Prefer Paris Postcards
I am thrilled to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Postcards, a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription service where the subscriber receives three physical postcards of my iconic Paris photos every month. Each month will have a specific theme, from architectural street scenes to romantic outdoor cafes to beautiful gardens to unique shots of iconic monuments. Each mailing will include two postcards in color and one in black & white or sepia, beautifully packaged in a special French Blue postcard holder with a custom designed seal.
Each 6” X 4.25” traditional size postcard is printed on thick matte coated card stock, similar to traditional vintage postcard stock that enhances the vibrancy of every image.
Only $30 for a 3-month subscription plus shipping or
Only $60 for a 6 month subscription (plus shipping)or
$110 for a 12-month subscription (plus shipping)
Click here to order a 3-month subscription from my Etsy store
Come experience Eye Prefer Paris live with Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I personally lead. Eye Prefer Paris Tours include many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes, food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks and gardens and much more. In addition to my specialty Marais Tour, I also lead tours of Montmartre, St. Germain, Latin Quarter, in addition to Shopping Tours, Gay Tours, Girlfriend Tours, Food Tours, Flea Market Tours, Paris Highlights Tours, and Chocolate & Pastry tours.
Tours start at 225 euros for up to 3 people, and 75 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
Click here to watch a video of our famous Marais tour
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 195 euros per person (about $210)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.