My French Odyssey and Ways to Improve Language Skills
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by Carol A. Seidl
6d ago
Like many people, every January I give some thought to my long and short-term goals and come up with several resolutions. This year, however, I’ve been floundering—that is, thrashing about like a flounder hoping to flop its way off the deck of an aircraft carrier. A persistent problem for me… Continue reading The post My French Odyssey and Ways to Improve Language Skills appeared first on cas d'intérêt ..read more
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Fascinating French Films Coming to an Armchair Chez Vous
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by Carol A. Seidl
1w ago
There is a wonderful online French Film Festival that begins today. From January 13 until February 13, 2023, French cinephiles needn’t leave their armchairs to watch some of the best films emerging from up-and-coming French filmmakers. This year’s line-up features 29 short and feature-length films that have charmed international audiences… Continue reading The post Fascinating French Films Coming to an Armchair Chez Vous appeared first on cas d'intérêt ..read more
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Depictions of The Great War: Film and Graphic Novel
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by Carol A. Seidl
3w ago
Since translating a French military citation for a friend, I’ve been on a bit of a World War I jag. Both of my grandfathers served in the American military during the Great War. Yet, luckily for me, neither served as soldiers. One worked in a Washington bureau; the other drove… Continue reading The post Depictions of The Great War: Film and Graphic Novel appeared first on cas d'intérêt ..read more
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Fantastic French Gags, Guffaws, and Grimaces from 2022
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by Carol A. Seidl
1M ago
This week I thought I’d share a bit of French fun and political humor to wind down the year. And for all those who have taken the time to read one of my posts this year… Previous Posts of Humor Year-End Humor from France, Ring Out 2021 with a Laugh… Continue reading The post Fantastic French Gags, Guffaws, and Grimaces from 2022 appeared first on cas d'intérêt ..read more
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Wine & War, France’s Fight to Protect its Greatest Treasure
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by Carol A. Seidl
1M ago
There was a time in my life when I thought I hated history. My irritation with the subject developed in high school. History classes were taught by athletic coaches, most of whom didn’t seem particularly interested in the subject matter and I found our textbooks to be completely devoid of… Continue reading The post Wine & War, France’s Fight to Protect its Greatest Treasure appeared first on cas d'intérêt ..read more
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Coup in Detroit! Rare Van Gogh Exhibit Upstages America’s Coasts
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by Carol A. Seidl
1M ago
At the end of September, I drove to Detroit to attend a panel discussion featuring two descendants of Vincent van Gogh. Josien van Gogh, Vincent’s great-grandniece, and her daughter, Janne Heling, had come to the Motor City to help kick off a new exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts, titled Van Gogh… Continue reading The post Coup in Detroit! Rare Van Gogh Exhibit Upstages America’s Coasts appeared first on cas d'intérêt ..read more
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What’s in a Paragraph? Why Humans Outdo Auto-Translators
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by Carol A. Seidl
2M ago
This week I spent time translating a document for a friend whose grandfather fought in World War I. The document, issued by the French government, recognizes members of a United States Marine Regiment that helped defeat the Germans near the end of the war. There’s only one paragraph to translate.… Continue reading The post What’s in a Paragraph? Why Humans Outdo Auto-Translators appeared first on cas d'intérêt ..read more
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A Look at Cancel Culture’s Trashing of a Remarkable Filmmaker
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by Carol A. Seidl
2M ago
This week I listened to an interview with Meg Smaker, a gutsy yet empathetic filmmaker whose documentary, Jihad Rehab, was initially hailed by numerous film festivals and critics, then condemned and dropped like a hot potato. The claim that the film was Islamaphobic is behind its sudden death sentence. After… Continue reading The post A Look at Cancel Culture’s Trashing of a Remarkable Filmmaker appeared first on cas d'intérêt ..read more
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My 10 Best Nonfiction Picks from 2022
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by Carol A. Seidl
2M ago
Since it’s “Nonfiction November” I thought I’d spend some time reviewing my favorite nonfiction reads from this year. I’d say that on the whole, 2022 has been a better-than-usual year for nonfiction—basing that statement on nothing other than my personal experience. I feel like this year I broke through a… Continue reading The post My 10 Best Nonfiction Picks from 2022 appeared first on cas d'intérêt ..read more
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A Walk in Paris, the City that Inspires
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by Carol A. Seidl
2M ago
There are many reasons why I keep returning to the city of Paris, some of them concrete, others intangible. I always take hundreds of photos. Last summer, on my first trip back since the pandemic, I did so with the idea of melding them into a video to share with… Continue reading The post A Walk in Paris, the City that Inspires appeared first on cas d'intérêt ..read more
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