In the late 1800s, a German scientist named Hermann Ebbinghaus carried out tests on the human capacity to memorise information. At first glance the results make worrying reading.
If you enjoy semi-junk food, you’re no doubt familiar with “La vache qui rit”, the moreish cream cheese spread they’ve been churning out from the Jura region since 1921.
Masculine or feminine? Getting the gender of nouns right is a key to fluency in French.
It’s election year in France and the news is dominated by claims Republican candidate François Fillon spent almost a million euros of state money to pay his wife for an allegedly fictitious job as his assistant.
After the festive excess, it’s back to the gym.
“Je voudrais un six-pack,” I explain to Jean-Nicholas, le gérant.
“Je ne comprends pas.”
“Vous savez, avoir des abdos comme Ronaldo… Ca s’appelle comment en français?”
“Ah, vous voulez dire des tablettes de chocolat!”