Vlog #1 – The Basics of Bonjour

Vlog is still being auto-corrected to blog, which means it’s not yet commonly used in everyday speech. But it basically means video-log, and apparently it’s all the rage.

I must be nuts to do this, but I’m joining the herd, and have added my very first blog vlog! darn-it – on how to get a warm reception in France.

Need I say that I don’t have a perfect accent?

Need I say that I’m nervous?

But tomorrow I’ll be posting an almond-raspberry cream peach tart and all will be well in the world again.


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I am the daughter of a symphony musician who was raised in upstate New York, and I simply breathe all things classical, be it music or 19th century literature (English and Russian). I married Sir Renaissance in New York City, and before I knew it, he had swept me up and brought me back home to his own country. So here we are. Three children, a rather ordinary life in a rather exceptional place. I am now ‘A Lady in France.’

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29 comments on “Vlog #1 – The Basics of Bonjour
  1. I LOVE this!!!! I’m so glad you made a vlog. I can’t wait to follow along. Learning to speak French has been on my “must do” list for the past 15 years. Maybe with your help I can finally cross it off the list!
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  2. Elaine A. says:

    You are SO well spoken! Was that your first try? If so I am SUPER impressed! And I think your accent is perfect! 😀
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  3. Andrea says:

    Love this, Jennie! You have a beautiful voice. I bonjour the heck out of everyone when I visit France, because it is one of few French words I can say that French people understand despite my mangled accent. You always get a response – I love that! Also, when I leave a store I always throw out a merci, au revoir. Too much?

    I think it is noteworthy that what you’re saying is that people in France prefer good manners in general. Makes perfect sense to me. :)
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  4. Your accent is awesome, as is this whole vlog. Love you! xox
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  5. JessE says:

    great vlog, love the cultural tips! (darn autocorrect – typed that 3x!, lol)

  6. cici hardy says:

    I love the vlog. Many times I’ve thought how wonderful it would be it you did your French lessons to us, your followers in a video. Your voice is beautiful,and I love your accent. Have you ever considered doing voice over work? I’m a 67 year old grandmother who found your blog a few years ago. You are beautiful and mature beyond your years. Thank you for all that you continue to teach us. You are a precious lady!

  7. Greta says:

    French people are so much more polite! I learned something today, thank you, Jennie.:)

  8. ladyjennie says:

    But you’ll still come back to France, right? Right? 😀

  9. Jennifer says:

    This is so GREAT! You did a fabulous job. The tips are helpful and your delivery was perfect.
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  10. Ellie E says:

    I really enjoyed the vlog, a fun edition to your posting.

  11. Jennie says:

    Jennie, I have been reading you for a long time so it was so fun to actually see and hear you with your wonderful French accent. Keep these vlogs coming.

  12. I love love love this – not only because I get to hear your lovely voice and see your sweet smile, but because it flies on the face of the stereotype we hear so often bandied about in my neck of the woods – that the French are standoffish and/or rude.


    Imagine. They say hello and goodbye, politely, to everyone all the time while we avert our eyes and try to pretend no one is next to us in a small elevator.

    France for the win. Forever.
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  13. LOVE your voice, Jennie!

    Also, I love this education about France. Such manners! Such class!

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  14. Ann says:

    Thanks for that tip; very important to know that when I do eventually get to France! Your 1st Vlog is a smashing success; much better than I did (I eventually erased, destroyed, removed & dismembered mine).
    Looking forward to hearing more from you.
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  15. Nina says:

    This was so fun!
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