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Archive for July, 2012

French Women Footballers Aim for Gold in London Olympics Posted by on Jul 29, 2012

Will French women succeed where Frenchmen did not? The answer: In the London Olympics, c’est fort possible (It’s very likely)! After conceding their first game to the US, the French Women Football team set the record straight by winning 5-0 against North Korea. They will face tomorrow Colombia, in their last game of the group. Allez les…

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Le Kangourou Nomade Posted by on Jul 27, 2012

To the question of what you should do on a Summer Saturday night, today’s featured French group has an original answer: Kick all the dark thoughts off your mind and do like “Le Kangourou Nomade“: Just JUMP! As promised before, here is the music video of “Kangourou Nomade” by N & SK, together with its…

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Belgians Celebrate National Holiday Posted by on Jul 22, 2012

Last Saturday, July 21st, Belgians of all stripers celebrated their Fête nationale (national holiday) An occasion for us to salute Belgium here on the Transparent French Blog! A few years ago, Yves Leterme, ex-Prime Minister of La Belgique (Belgium) was asked by a journalist, “à l’improviste” (unexpectedly), if he knew the lyrics of l’hymne national (national…

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South France “Jumps” into Chaos After Kangaroos Escape! Posted by on Jul 21, 2012

This is no joke mes amis: The story is definitely TRUE and worth telling… Three years ago, a French group of animal lovers (called something like the “C.L.I.K.”, or the “Coalition for the Liberation of Imprisoned Kangaroos”, probably not classified by NATO as a terrorist organization, just yet) has set loose some fifteen kangaroos in the…

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The French Golden Lines Posted by on Jul 20, 2012

Considered by some as le père spirituel (the spiritual father) of Victor Hugo, French writer Gérard de Nerval is known to have been in the company of a rather “unusual” pet, always taking him wherever he went: It was un homard (a lobster) he called “Thibault”! In this poem, Gérard de Nerval refers to “les vers dorés”…

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Comme vs. Comment in French Posted by on Jul 16, 2012

Comme and comment are two similar words but are used differently. Let’s learn today how to use one or the other. Comme 1. Comme is used as a conjunction with the meaning of “as” and “since”. Le téléphone a sonné juste comme j’entrais dans mon appartement. [The phone was ringing as I was entering my…

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How to say “I’m doing” in French Posted by on Jul 13, 2012

Salut! Comment ça va? French doesn’t have a specific verb tense to say sentences like these: What are you doing? –> I’m doing my homework. What’s he doing? –> He’s cleaning his car. We have two ways of saying this. The first one is to use the present tense: Qu’est-ce que tu fais? Je fais…

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