Tips for Learning French in France Quickly

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This week I finally went to the doctor without my husband! This was a huge accomplishment since I usually drag him everywhere as my personal translator. But not this time. I went alone and spoke to the doctor only in French. I understood everything he said, and even better, he understood me.But I know I did not communicate perfectly, so I must finally put into action the … [Read more...]

Le Livre Bleu is Valuable to First Time Mothers

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A sage-femme (midwife) at the hospital I will be delivering at recently provided me with a little book called Le Livre Bleu: L’Enfant du Premier Âge. It is published by the Comité National de L’Enfance for public distribution.I started reading this book and am finding that it is loaded with heaps of useful information. It is divided into three segments: avant la naissance … [Read more...]

How to Calculate Your Pregnancy Due Date in France

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One of the first things I did when finding out I was pregnant was calculating my due date. In the US and UK, the due date is calculated by counting 40 weeks from the first day of the woman’s last menstrual cycle. This includes 2 weeks until conception and 38 weeks of gestation.When I went to see my doctor in France for the first time, I was confident that my due date was … [Read more...]