Monday, May 6, 2013

The Wisdom of L'Oréal / La Sagesse de l'Oréal

Week of May 6 - 12, 2013:  Ideas to help us all promote French language learning this week, including Washington, D.C. area French-language and cultural events for kids and families.  Please share any other ideas by commenting below or posting to Bonjour Mama's Facebook page!  Bonne semaine!  

In honor of Mother's Day and all of us who, on top of the regular worries of motherhood, have decided to take on the additional stress (and joys!) of bilingual parenting, I looked up a few French words for the pampering we --or someone who appreciates us-- should treat ourselves to, either this Mother's day weekend or bientôt.   

By the way, I highly recommend doing the exercise I did for this post: visit French spa sites and get a virtual surge of bien-être as you luxuriate in the terminology and images of relaxation. But please report back on your REAL experience below or on the Facebook page!   As the famous l'Oréal slogan reminds us, Nous le valons bien (we're worth it)! 

Facial - soin du visage
Glycolic/chemical peel - un peeling
Mud mask - masque de boue
Highlights - mèches
Massage - massage
Manicure - Manucure
Pedicure - Pedicure
French manicure/pedicure - French (yes, you say "french manucure"!)

Ideas for speaking French this week

Out and About
Please confirm dates and times directly with event host. ($) indicates there is a cost for the event. Also, check back here or on the Bonjour Mama Facebook or Twitter pages for updates.

Tuesday 5/7

7pm: AFDC Screening of "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" at Bloombars ($, RSVP)

Thursday 5/9
4pm – French Storytime at the Cleveland Park Library

Saturday 5/11

  • French Embassy - partnering with Embassy of Germany for a big day. To include games, French and German music, face painting and more
  • Belgian Embassy - no family activities advertised, but you can sample waffles (gaufres) and chocolat (plus beer for Maman/Papa) and see a model Solar Impulse plane (avion solaire)!
10:50am - Storytime at the Alliance Française

At Home

Relax - alone or with your child-- to this soothing meditation"Rester tranquille comme une grenouille (Stay calm like a frog - it sounds better in rhyming French)   

Create a virtual Mother's Day bouquet on Boowa and Kwala or follow directions on Teteamodeler  to make a paper one. 

Browse through the animated Mother's Day (Fete des Meres) cards on (hint if you want a bit more grown-up French practice: don't click on the link to bypass the ads!)

Read (for Maman/Papa) Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran, a lovely story of a friendship between a boy and his neighborhood grocer that transcends age, religion and culture. 

Plan a playdate with other French-speaking parents and kids!  If you are in the DC Metro area, join or suggest an event on Bonjour Mama’s facebook pageLe Petit Groupe Français, or Les Mamans Autour de DC!

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