A few notes on French:
1. Claire has been dreaming in French lately. I'm so jealous.
2. Some of the trickiest words in French for me are what they call the ''false cognates''. For example, President Sarkozy recently said:
"Je veux m'inscrire dans la tradition gaulienne, nos institutions actuelles sont les meilleures que la France ait jamais connues."
The second part of this reads: "our current institutions are the best that France has ever known". This is because ''actuelle'' doesn't mean ''actual'': it means ''present'' or ''current''. This gets tricky because there are also plenty of real cognates like ''Université''.
3. Today's word is a false cognate:
Cap: Cape, headland; bow. Mettre le cap sur: (colloquial) To set a course for...
''Bush maintient le cap en Irak malgré un rapport critique sur le gouvernement Al-Maliki''
''Bush is staying the course in Iraq in spite of a critical report on the Al-Maliki government.''