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  • Book Talk with Scott Carpenter, 02/26

    French Like Moi: Book Talk with Scott Carpenter

    Friday 26th February 2021 — 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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    The Alliance Française of Washington, DC will be hosting Scott Dominic Carpenter, a winner of a Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Prize (2018), for a presentation of his new travel memoir, French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris.

    This event will be in English. You can order a copy of the book through Amazon, Indiebound (for purchasing through local independent booksellers), or Barnes & Noble (multiple formats).

    About the book

    When Scott Carpenter moves from Minnesota to Paris, little does he suspect the dramas that await: scheming neighbors, police denunciations, surly demonstrators, cooking disasters, medical mishaps―not to mention all those lectures about cheese! It turns out that nothing in the City of Light can be taken for granted, where even trips to the grocery store lead to adventure. In French Like Moi, Carpenter guides us through the merry labyrinth of the everyday, one hilarious faux pas after another. Through it all, he keeps his eye on the central mystery of what makes the French French (and Midwesterners Midwestern).

    Published by Traveler’s Tales, an imprint of Solas House. Available in hardcover, paper, ebook, and audiobook.

    About the author

    Scott Dominic Carpenter teaches literature and creative writing at Carleton College (MN). Winner of a Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Prize (2018) and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, he’s the author of Theory of Remainders: A Novel (named to Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Books of 2013”) and of This Jealous Earth: Stories. His shorter work has appeared in a wide variety of venues, including South Dakota Review, The Rumpus, Silk Road, Catapult, and various anthologies. His website is

    Press excerpts:

    “A delightful read…filled with levity and grace.” —Kirkus Reviews

    “This quirky travel memoir uncovers lesser-known facets with verve.” —Foreword Reviews, “Editor’s Pick”

    “Carpenter has a knack for turning potential catastrophes into comedy.” —Publishers Weekly

    “A delightful romp through French life and Midwestern sensibilities, all combined in one compelling story.” —Midwest Book Review

    “Loaded with lacerating wit and trenchant but tender observations, Scott Carpenter’s French Like Moi is also a true original: a serious memoir that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is this humility that gives Carpenter’s book its undeniable strength—that, and his vivid, often hilarious storytelling.”—Marcia DeSanctis, NYT best-selling author of 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go.


    All attendees will receive a Zoom join link a couple of days before the event. Please make sure you add Eventbrite as Safe Sender to your email list. For any questions, please contact Natasha Zavadskaia at

  • Dictée de la Francophonie, 03/03

    Dictée de la Francophonie

    Wednesday 3rd March 2021 — 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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    L'Alliance Française de Washington vous invite à participer à sa 3ème dictée virtuelle, cette fois basée sur un texte francophone d'Alain Mabanckou, écrivain franco-congolais. Cette dictée est organisée dans le cadre du festival annuel de la Francophonie de Washington DC et aura lieu le 3 mars 2020 à 18h00 EST sur Zoom.

    L'événement est gratuit et ouvert à tous ! Nous recommandons cependant un niveau de français B2+. Tous les inscrits recevront un lien de connexion quelques jours avant l'événement.

    A bientôt !

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  • Online Children's Spring Camps

    Online Children's Spring Day Camps 2021

    Join us for our Online Spring Camps! Each day will feature hands-on craft making and promote full French immersion. The list of materials needed will be sent in advance.

    • April 12: Judo with Frédéric
    • April 13: Les p’tits pâtissiers : le quatre-quarts
    • April 14: Les p’tits yogis : Yoga with Sophie
    • April 15: Les p’tits chefs : le croque-monsieur/croque-madame
    • April 16: Les P'tits Artistes: Les p’tits bricoleurs : le mangeoire pour les oiseaux (Bird feeders)

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  • Support the library!

    Support the AFDC Libary with our EYA 2020 Wishlist!

    Libraries are wonderful places, full of discovery! The AFDC Library is made even more special by your support! From attending our programs to checking out our online resources, you help the library thrive. This year we wanted to provide several different options for you to help contribute to the AFDC Library. From our general donation page, you can specify that your donation be attributed to the library:  We have also curated a wonderful book wish list for adults and children alike! Purchase a book of your choosing to be added to the AFDC library collection! And finally, help your holiday shopping go an extra mile by shopping with AmazonSmile. Choose the Alliance Française as your Amazon Smile donation recipient!

    Check out the PDFs of our wishlist below!

    • Adult Placement Test Information

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    • Private Classes

      Private Classes

      The Alliance Française de Washington provides customized private one-on-one and semi-private instruction on-site and off-site, as well as Skype lessons with fully qualified French teachers. Start at any time and benefit from flexible scheduling and personalized instruction.

      Submit request form for adult private classes. Learn more about our adult private classes. Learn more about kids & teens private classes here.

    • Boot Camps

      Grammar and Phonetics Boot Camps


      If you're having trouble with particular grammar or phonetic points in your language study, we've got you covered. Our three hour long boot camps are specially designed to tackle the most common hurdles students face when learning French. Join us to review tenses, finally understand the subjunctive, distinguish vowel sounds, and more!

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