How Congo is More French than France (and one way it’s a bit like the Big Apple)

Before arriving in Congo we had high expectations. We were not coming to Africa for the first time - our year in Uganda had dispelled many of the apprehensions most people would have about life in the sub-Saharan continent. There was much to enjoy and appreciate there; we’d had a good lifestyle (although that is easier… Continue reading How Congo is More French than France (and one way it’s a bit like the Big Apple)

So you’ve learned French?  Now here’s how to actually speak it…

You've learned some French at school, maybe at university, or perhaps you've lived long enough in France or a francophone country to learn the language.  You can buy bread, order lunch, arrange a delivery, even sort things out over the phone with the electric company or the mairie.  But when it comes to having an… Continue reading So you’ve learned French?  Now here’s how to actually speak it…

Congo Sketch – Departure Lounge

Barely an African-looking face amongst them, cheeks bump in constant cheery bisous.  Every couple of minutes another healthily glowing French family emerges at the top of the stairs, smiling in anticipation, and so begins the procession of politesse as they saluer each family they know.  They fan out in formation to greet colleagues and fellow school-gate… Continue reading Congo Sketch – Departure Lounge