Author Archives: Rosemary Kneipp

How much does a certified (sworn) translation cost in France?

Before I answer the question, a little terminology. Although many people say “sworn translation” and “traduction assementée”, the correct terms are “certified translation” and “traduction certifiée”. It’s the translator who is sworn or assermenté by the court, not the translation. … Continue reading

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Buying Property in France # 1 Finding your dream home

Even when you speak the language and have lived your whole life in a country, buying a property can be stressful and challenging. Doing so in a foreign country makes it a little more complicated. I have lived in France … Continue reading

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Working from Home during Lockdown

Having worked as a translator full-time at home since 1979, even during my children’s very long French school holidays, I am probably not suffering from the constraints of lockdown as much as other people. These are my basic rules:   … Continue reading

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Happy New Year for 2020

This post was written early January but somehow didn’t get published! It started by saying that I was earlier this year than I was last year in wishing you all the best for the coming but I was sad to … Continue reading

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FRENCH CHÂTEAU COUNTRY IN THE WINTER – THE LOIRE VALLEY

Château de Chambord in the snow Not everyone can choose to come to France during the warmer months. Australians in particular often come at Christmas time during their summer holidays, willing to trade over-30-degree temperatures for under ten degrees. Many … Continue reading

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PROMESSE DE VENTE VERSUS COMPROMIS DE VENTE IN FRENCH PROPERTY SALES

All property transactions in France take place in two steps: first, after the seller has agreed to the price offer, the seller and buyer sign a promise to sell in the form of either a promesse de vente (unilateral promise … Continue reading

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Exchanging an Australian driver licence for a French licence

A driver licence issued by a country outside France is only recognised for one year once the person acquires “normal residence” in France, normal residence being defined as the place in which you live for at least six months (185 … Continue reading

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Lunch View – Vue de table

We celebrated Jean Michel’s birthday today at L’Orangerie in Blois and this was our view. Nous avons fêté l’anniversaire de Jean Michel aujourd’hui à l’Orangerie à Blois et voici la vue depuis notre table.

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Oyster Season Again – Les huîtres sont de retour

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Wait for the Ice Saints – Il faut attendre les saints de glace

There is a saying in France that you have to wait until after the ice saints – 11th, 12th and 13th May (Mamert, Pancrace and Servais) before you plants tomatoes and flowers like Busy Lilies. Well my tomatoes are fine … Continue reading

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