Words in a French Life by Kristin Espinasse

When Rose City Reader recently posted an extensive list of novels with French connections, I went looking for my copy of  Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France by Kristin Espinasse.


The book is a collection 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. At the end of each is a glossary explaining each French word or phrase used in the text.

Words in a French Life is an absolutely delightful book to help increase both vocabulary and an understanding of French culture for high school and college-level students as well as adults. Even though I have never studied French, I found it totally enjoyable to read.

If you would like to get a taste of what the book is like and find out more, be sure to visit Espinasse’s blog French Word A Day, which is still active in 2020. As a bonus, on the blog she includes audio clips with pronunciations and gorgeous photographs. What a resource!


  1. Karen

    Sounds like an interesting book! And thanks for giving me another blog to follow. LOL

  2. Kristin Espinasse

    Bonjour, Roberta,
    Thank you very much for your helpful review of my book, and for recommending my website. Much appreciated!

    • Roberta

      Wow, thank you for visiting. If I known you would see it, I would have spent a bit more time on this post. That said, it is one of my favorite books.

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