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Archive for February, 2017

Love and animals? Posted by on Feb 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day! C’est le 14 février*. Le jour des amoureux ! (It’s the 14th of February. The day of lovers!) In honor of the day, I thought a little song about love was in order. Malheureusement (Sadly), l’amour n’est pas toujours facile ! (love isn’t always easy!) So while today’s song is about love…

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Qui était saint Valentin? (Who was Saint Valentine?) Posted by on Feb 13, 2017

Tomorrow is a day that is both loved (and possibly loathed) around the world. However, in France, la Saint-Valentin is celebrated a bit differently than in the United States. While my son and I are making valentines for all of his classmates in a show of friendship, kids don’t do this in France. Rather, la…

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Think You Know Everything About the Number Two in French? Think Again! Deuxième vs. Seconde & More Posted by on Feb 9, 2017

January is over and February has crept its cold little head in. Since it’s the second month now, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about the number two in all its forms in the French language. Un, deux, trois… it’s one of the first steps to a relationship with French along with greetings…

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Are French Fries French? Part 2 Posted by on Feb 8, 2017

Why are there so many words in English that use “French” as an adjective? Aujourd’hui (today) we are going to continue to look at some “French” words and see if they are really French. If you missed the first part, be sure to check it out before reading this one: Are French Fries French? Part…

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It’s all about you Posted by on Feb 7, 2017

Whereas English only has one from of the word ‘you’ (serving as both the singular and plural*) French, like many languages, has two (tu and vous). But do you know why? And do you know when to use them?   ‘Tu‘ and ‘vous‘ are personal pronouns that replace (or refer to) the subject of a…

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Aïe! French When You’re in Pain Posted by on Feb 6, 2017

Aïe! (Ow!) I caught a head cold and am dealing with a painful headache today. I’m trying not to complain too much, but sometimes you’ve just got to speak about your ailments. And, if you happen to be in France when said ailments come on, you’ll need the correct French translation to express your pain and get…

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Are French Fries French? Part 1 Posted by on Feb 1, 2017

There are words in English that use French as an adjective, but is a French horn really French? Do the French also call a French kiss French? I started to wonder about this once when I was eating French fries à l’aéroport. French Fries Les frites are a type of fried food that can be…

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