Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France by Kristin Espinasse is an absolutely delightful book to help increase both vocabulary and an understanding of French culture for high school and college-level students. It is also enjoyable to read.
The book is a series of essays — originally written as blog posts –about Kristin Espinasse’s daily struggles and triumphs as an American living in France with her French husband and family. Each essay focuses on a few related French words and phrases that tie together with events that occurred. I have never studied French, yet I found myself recognizing words and remembering phrases in ways I had never done with other languages I have studied.
If you would like to get a taste of what the book is like and find out more, visit Espinasse’s blog French Word A Day. Even if you aren’t studying French, it just might convince you to try.
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Touchstone (May 1, 2007)