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Resources: French dictionaries

This post is a mixture of resources for several levels of French, from absolute beginners (CEFR A1) to advanced users (C1+). I’ve focused on free online resources, plus some that are in public libraries: in celebration and encouragement of open access.

Some are available through university libraries such as our own here at UBC; many of these can also be accessed for free through public libraries. If uncertain or stumped, consult a librarian: if anyone can help you, it will be a librarian, because librarians are awesome knowledge superheroes with superpowers. (more…)

Shiny new French courses in UBC’s Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies

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a very short fable about medievalism, #medievaltwitter, and teaching

(February 2016 – August 2017)

Medievalists struggle with popular misconceptions. This, for example:AF79CBCA-C7F6-4B7F-97D5-7963BC14AF90

And these, which are not Medieval but Early Modern:

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From Charles McNamara, “In the Image of God: John Comenius and the First Children’s Picture Book,” in the Public Domain Review; on Comenius’s “Orbis Sensualium Pictus (or The World of Things Obvious to the Senses drawn in Pictures),” 1658.

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50 years ago: philology, decolonisation, deconstruction


Image above: from the Gradual of Saint-Etienne of Toulouse, France (Toulouse), last quarter of the 11th-first quarter of the 12th century, British Library Harley MS 4951, f. 299v (more…)

Give thanks for unseasonal birds: parrots!

Medieval hit of the week (132,153+ on YouTube) and spreading via Reddit and sim:

Does that parrot ring any bells?
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