Say it in French Language School

Printemps 2018

Bonjour les amis,

During Spring Break, I took a fascinating and poignant trip to Israel. The first time I went to Israel, I studied at Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1973-1974). Shortly after my arrival, the Yom Kippur War broke out. Classes were canceled for several months during which I volunteered at a day care center. Then in 1976, I returned to work on a kibbutz in northern Israel. Coming back to Israel after so many years felt surreal at first. Day by day, I needed to process the complexities of the Israel of today. I will continue to do so adding bit by bit to my blog

This term, I am taking a mini Sabbatical from PCC but will teach private lessons and FRENCH BOOK CLUB CLASS.

We will be reading La prochaine fois, a book of mystery and romance set in the art world, by Marc Levy, one of France's best selling authors. Students receive questions to prepare for each class discussion. Book Club provides an excellent format to improve speaking skills and vocabulary. The book is available on and  Please email me ASAP if you would like to join the group.

 From the Say It In French Language School Marketing Department (There's a marketing department?) My book MY LITTLE FRENCH VILLAGE is available on Link: 

I will be reading from the book on Wednesday May 16  at 7 P.M. at the West Slope Library, 3678 SW 78th Avenue, Portland 97225 The book makes a great gift for Francophiles and Francophile moms for Mother's Day.

Our vacation house in my little French village of Monflanquin is all spruced up and ready for rental. It is listed on AirBnB and can also be rented directly through me.

Please check in and let me know how you are doing. Thank you for your continual support.

Vous êtes formidable!


— Giselle

MY LITTLE FRENCH VILLAGE is now available on Amazon for $15 which includes shipping and handling.

Recommended Picks:

Cooking Programs
French Cooking at home on the Cooking Channel

Recreational Reading
We've always had Paris and Provence by Patricia and Walter Wells
All You Need To Be Impossibly French by Helena Firth Powell
How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton
Into a Paris Quartier
by Diane Johnson
Un aller simple
by Didier van Cauwelaert
L'elegance du herisson by Muriel Barbery
Malaussene Saga by Daniel Pennac
      •  Au bonheur des ogres

      •  La fée carabine
      •  La Petite Marchande de Prose
      •  Monsieur Malaussène
      •  Aux Fruits de la Passion

Nuts in the Kitchen by Susan Hermann Loomis

Gorgeously written new cook book by one of our favorite cooks living in France. How to add nuts and nut oils to your cooking in delicious creative ways.

The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo

Practice Makes Perfect Series includes books on French Vocabulary, French Pronouns and Prepositions, and French Grammar

The Firefly Mini French/English Visual Dictionary

French Films
Romantics Anonymous
Paris, Je t'aime
Mon Meilleur Ami
Apres vous
Monsieur Ibrahim
Les Choristes

Please send us your favorites and your recommendations and we will include them!

Here are some bread recipes from my sabbatical at the French Culinary Institute in New York City.

Americans write about living in Paris and share insights and info  perhaps not readily accessible to tourists
short audio recordings to practice listening comprehension.
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