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Slow And Steady Builds The Nest – A Fun French Expression Posted by on Feb 14, 2018

Sometimes les expressions françaises (French expressions, idioms) leave me scratching my head wondering what exactly a fat morning could mean. Luckily, parfois (sometimes) les expressions françaises immediately make sense without ever needing them explained! Most of the time when I hear a strange combination of des mots (some words) like being known like the white…

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French Vocabulary – Winter Olympics Edition Posted by on Feb 13, 2018

The games of the XXIII Winter Olympics began last week in PeyongChang, South Korea. And since French is one of the official languages of the Jeux olympique (Olympic games, often abbreviated in French as les JO), I thought we’d take a look this week at some useful French Olympics vocabulary. Les sports des JO d’hiver…

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Atchoum! Catching a Cold in French Posted by on Feb 12, 2018

Did you know that the onomatopoeia (l’onomatopée) for “achoo” in English is “atchoum’? We’re in the middle of winter here in the northern hemisphere, which means that we’re also in the middle of cold and flu season. Unfortunately, this means that vocabulary about this might just prove useful! One of the first signs that you…

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Having A Fat Morning? – Sleeping Late In French Posted by on Feb 7, 2018

Les expressions (expressions, idioms) are fun windows into the culture behind a language. Things like it’s raining cats and dogs does not make any sense to non-English speakers, but it also helps give English a fun flavor beyond all the grammar. Pendant l’hiver (during Winter) it can feel amazing to just sleep in and stay…

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French Vocabulary – Drinks Posted by on Feb 6, 2018

Everyone knows the French love to eat. But they also love to drink. John’s recent post on sharing a drink with friends got me thinking about vocabulary for drinks. Commençons avec un peu de vocabulaire (Let’s begin with a little vocabulary) Quand j’ai* soif, je bois. (When I’m thirsty, I drink). The verb for to…

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French Academic Vocabulary Posted by on Feb 5, 2018

Last week, we went over the French university system and how it is similar and differs from university systems in the US and Europe. Today, we’ll focus more on the vocabulary that you can expect to use if you do find yourself studying abroad in France.   As we discussed last year, there are different…

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French Music – Louane – Si t’étais là Posted by on Feb 4, 2018

Ah, February. For many, it means another cold few weeks (Thanks, Punxsutawney Phil), but luckily on the west coast, we’re experiencing some record-breaking highs, and I’m quite ok with that! Whether you’ll be celebrating it bundled up or in shorts, the holiday for lovers is right around the corner, and it’s not always a happy…

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