Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day to my Aussie friends! Australia Day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788. The Commonwealth of Australia was officially formed on January 1, 1901, when the colonies federated but this date is not widely known as Commonwealth Day since it is already a public holiday (New Year’s […]


Cost of Living in Australia: My Personal Experience

January 2015: Updated to include living costs for all three places I have lived in the suburbs of Adelaide. I was warned about the high cost of living in Australia before moving here, though luckily it is not as bad as I thought it would be. Perhaps it is because I came directly from France rather than […]


French Books Giveaway: Win a FREE Autographed Copy of Say it in French or Great French Short Stories of the Twentieth Century

My second book published by Dover Publications, Great French Short Stories of the Twentieth Century: A Dual-Language Book, is now available! The original French stories are on the left page and literal English translations are on the right page. There are 15 stories representing authors and settings from France and other French-speaking areas such as […]


Quebecois Christmas Songs

Some of these are obviously rather comédique rather than folklorique. Enjoy! 23 décembre by Beau Dommage La valse de Noël by Fernand Gignac La toune de Noël by Crampe en Masse C’est Noël, il neige dans ma tête by Paul et Paul Le Père Noël c’t’un Québécois by Les Cowboys Fringants


More Christmas Songs in French

More Christmas songs in French! Most of these videos have lyrics so you can learn the words and all of them are French versions of English songs you probably already know. Don’t forget the five songs I posted two years ago: French Christmas Songs La Promenade en Traîneau (Sleigh ride) Le Petit Renne au nez […]


LOLcats and Linguistics

A linguistic analysis of language and identity of LOLcats. Isn’t linguistics the best thing ever? (And aren’t Lauren & Jill awesome!?) I can has language play: Construction of Language and Identity in LOLspeak from Lauren Gawne on Vimeo. Follow Lauren and Georgia (yet another adorable Aussie linguist) on Twitter @Superlinguo and on Tumblr.


Australian Society for French Studies Conference 2011

I travelled to Canberra this past weekend to attend the Australian Society for French Studies Conference at the Australian National University. To coincide with the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia and Australian Linguistics Society conferences also taking place in Canberra this week as part of Langfest, the three themes of the conference were translation, language teaching, […]