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21 09, 2015

Cheese 101

By | September 21st, 2015|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

There are several hundred varieties of cheese in France. These cheeses can be classified according to the following groups: -Pressed, soft, or blue -Cow's milk, goat's milk, or sheep's milk (ewe's milk) -Farmhouse or industrially manufactured A further distinction is also possible: traditional regional cheeses with an "appellation controlée" label (there are about 40 of [...]

15 09, 2015

Tongue Twisters…en Français

By | September 15th, 2015|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

For anyone learning French, precise pronunciation can be a challenge. For a fun way to practice your accent, try some French tongue twisters:    -Cinq chiens chassent six chats. (Five dogs hunt six cats.)    -Cinq gros rats grillent dans la grosse graisse grasse. (Five fat rats grill in the big fatty fat.)    -Je [...]

9 09, 2015

The First Photograph

By | September 9th, 2015|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

The earliest known surviving photograph made in a camera (pictured) was done by a man named Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. The photograph depicts a view from his estate, Le Gras, in the Burgundy region of France circa 1826 or 1827. It was made using a process for which he coined the term: l'héliographie (heliography). Heliography involves [...]

2 09, 2015

You Already Know Some French

By | September 2nd, 2015|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

During the evolution of the English language from Old English to Middle English to Modern English, it was greatly influenced by the French language. Over one-third of all English words are derived from French. It is estimated that an English speaker who has not yet studied French already knows 15,000 French words. Here are a few [...]

1 09, 2015

September 1st: End of “le Roi-Soleil”

By | September 1st, 2015|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

France's King Louis XIV, known as the "Sun King" (le Roi-Soleil) or "Louis the Great" (Louis le Grand), had the longest reign of any European monarch: 72 years (1643-1715). He became king before the age of 5 and started actively ruling in his 20's, without a chief minister. He directly ruled France and was an [...]

27 08, 2015

Souriez, c’est la rentrée!

By | August 27th, 2015|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

"La Rentrée" (la ra(n) tray) in French generally means back-to-school or the start of the new school year (la rentrée scolaire). In France, this is a big deal. Major sectors of the country close down for the months of July or August, so September is not only back-to-school for children, but it is back-to-work for [...]

3 02, 2015

Summer Camp 2015

By | February 3rd, 2015|Events|0 Comments

The French American School of Arizona organizes several week-long French immersion camps during the summer 2015. Camps are for children 2-8. This year's camp is "Autour du mode en 8 adventures" (Around the World in 8 Adventures). Our campers will travel around the world with the help of 8 Disney/Pixar movies. Each week, the children will enjoy [...]

3 02, 2015

Open House 2-21-2015

By | February 3rd, 2015|Events|0 Comments

Join us for a fun Mardi Gras themed Open House at FrenchAm on February 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Learn about our French Immersion school while your children get to enjoy a special showing (in French) of the delightful Disney film “La Princesse et la Grenouille” (The Princess and the Frog). Traditional Mardi Gras [...]

26 01, 2015

An apple in the tree!

By | January 26th, 2015|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

The tradition of decorating Christmas trees started in Eastern France in the 16th century (then part of Germany). Trees were then ornated with flowers and fruits (notably apples). A drought in 1858 destroyed the apple harvest, prompting a glass blower from Goetzenbruck, a Lorraine village on the Moselle, to create apple-shaped glass baubles. The practice [...]

9 04, 2013

FOX 10’s Cory McCloskey visits FrenchAm

By | April 9th, 2013|Press|0 Comments