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French Expressions: Pregnancy and Childbirth Posted by on Apr 17, 2017

I’m due soon with my second son and so have had pregnancy and birth on my mind a lot lately. I’ve always loved the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s use of birth and pregnancy in his writings to denote giving birth to ideas in philosophy. In one famous example, Nietzsche wrote, “What saved me then [from madness]? Nothing…

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Joyeuses Pâques ! Easter Vocabulary in French Posted by on Apr 15, 2017

This week has been a holy one for Christians around the world. It’s called Paschal Triduum (and is sometimes referred to as the Easter Triduum), and it contains 3 important days in the life of Jesus Christ. Maundy Thursday (jeudi saint) commemorates the Maundy (the Washing of the Feet) and the Last Supper. Good…

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How Counting In French Helped Me Remember Les Nombres Posted by on Apr 12, 2017

Les nombres (numbers) are difficult for me to remember in French. If I’m not forgetting the words for chaque nombre (each number), I’m trying to figure out if we’re talking about four twenties or eighty! I have a hard time remembering les nombres in any language other than ma langue maternelle (my native language). I…

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Shopping and Geography in France, Part 2 Posted by on Apr 11, 2017

Last week we learned that – at least according to leurs propres pubs* (their own ads) – les supermarchés E.Leclerc sont les moins chers en France. (the Leclerc supermarkets are the least expensive in France.) This week we’ll take a closer look at the towns visited by the Leclerc price team. Lille – is a…

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More Faux Amis Posted by on Apr 10, 2017

We’ve gone over faux amis, or false cognates, on the Transparent Language blog before (here and here). But faux amis are one of the most likely vocabulary issues to trip up new French learners…so it is always worth going over again! For a quick recap, les faux amis are words that seem to be the same in both…

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