DIY French Style Posted by Tim Hildreth on Feb 9, 2021 in Business, Culture, Vocabulary
Like many people around the world, people in France have used their time at home during the pandemic to make home improvements with a little DIY French Style.
DIY French Style
According to one poll, as early as the first confinement last spring almost 1/3 des français (31%) said they were doing more travaux d’entretien1maintenance work(s) and bricolage2from the verb bricoler, to tinker or fiddle about. Grace aux tutoriels vidéos sur Internet3thanks to internet video tutoriels, some of the activities they planned to knock out during their down time include:
|Changer une ampoule
||Change a lightbulb|
|Procéder à un grand nettoyage de printemps
||Do the spring cleaning|
|Monter un meuble
||Put a piece of furniture together|
|Repeindre les murs
||Repaint the walls|
|Changer la serrure d’une porte
||Change the lock on a door|
|Faire de la plomberie4la plomberie shares a root with the French word for lead … le plomb
||Do some plumbing|
|Installer des systèmes domotiques pour la maison
||Install smart home systems|
Quincaillerie ou magasin de bricolage
For many, the two are synonymous. But une quincaillerie is a more traditional hardware store (and they have been around for generations) while un magasin de bricolage is a bit of a newer concept. They usually will sell de la quincaillerie5hardware … et des outils6tools … but also sell more. Essentially everything you need to complete those little DIY projects around la maison ou le jardin7the house or garden.
Go to either though, and you’re likely to find …
|La boite à outils
|le rouleau à peindre
Check out this great video highlighting some Covid confinement bricoleurs and see how they’re getting the DIY done French style!
Pour approfondir votre vocabulaire
A few weeks ago in a post about the recent neige en France I shared this video showing some of the highlights. At about 55 seconds the reporter uses an expression that was new to me … but fits nicely with this week’s topic. Le système D in which the ‘D’ stands for the word débrouille.
From the French verb débrouiller (to disentangle, to unravel) (but also se débrouiller/to manage, to cope, to handle), débrouille means “to make do, to improvise to get by“. So le système D refers to any situation where you’re resorting to what’s available to accomplish a task (like cooking outside on your camping stove during une panne d’éléctircité8a power outage/power failure!).
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