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Archive for June, 2010

French Slang Expressions with the Letter F Posted by on Jun 28, 2010

Le B.A.-BA de l’Argot (The ABC of French Slang) is back, and today, it’s with la lettre F, containing a long répertoire of words and expressions which you will surely like to learn and memorize, and more importantly, above all else, to recognize, whether in reading or hearing. Allez, c’est parti ! (Here we go!) * * *…

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Jerôme KERVIEL: «Traitor Trader» ou «Bouc émissaire»? Posted by on Jun 24, 2010

“SCANDAL“: A seven-letter word that somehow seems to have morphed into “le maître-mot” (the “catchword”, or the “buzzword”) in France these days. While the affaire Anelka is still unfolding, with the new implication of Thierry Henry, accused to be one of the masterminds behind the mutinée and la grève (the strike) directed against the Coach Domenech, another scandal, relatively old, is taking…

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Scandal au Mondial des Bleus ! Posted by on Jun 22, 2010

Ca y est les gars, c’est fini ! (That’s all folks, it’s over!) Prochain rendez-vous des Bleus dans quatre ans pour la Coupe du Monde au Brésil (Next rendez-vous for les Bleus in four years for the World Cup in Brazil), and in two years for the UEFA Euro 2012 in la Pologne (Poland) and l’Ukraine. But then, the nagging question…

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La Fête de la musique! Posted by on Jun 22, 2010

As I write this, on fait la fête à Paris (they’re partying in Paris). Aujourd’hui, le 21 juin, c’est la Fête de la musique! (It’s the Festival of Music!) En 1981, Maurice Fleuret, appointed Director of Music and Dance (Directeur de la Musique et de la Danse), had a dream : « la musique partout et le…

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Un Début-Surprise du Mondial 2010 ! Posted by on Jun 19, 2010

Every Coupe du Monde has had its fair share of surprises and so-called “coup de théâtres”. But will this particular Mondial hold even more surprises for us than ever before? Consider these games; almost no day has passed so far without a surprising result: * Sud Afrique contre le Mexique (South Africa vs. Mexico), last Friday: 1-1…

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Quiz: Masculine or feminine? Posted by on Jun 18, 2010

Le ou la? (Le or la ?) ___ poème ___ Mexique (too soon ? Désolée, les Bleus !) ___ Cambodge (Cambodia) ___ problème ___ programme ___ thème ___ lycée  (secondary school, high school) ___ cimetière (cemetery) ___ musée (museum) ___ stade (stadium) Ready ? I’m betting (je parie) that a lot of you got 10 out of 10……

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Willy Wonka, meet Pierre Hermé Posted by on Jun 16, 2010

If “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” had been set in France, it would have been about macarons. Colorful and creative, these petits gâteaux (cookies) sont une fantaisie en sucre, a sugary confection of des blancs d’œuf (egg whites), du poudre d’amande (almond flour) et de la crème ou de la confiture dedans (and cream…

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