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French Commerce – Glow in the dark Posted by on Nov 10, 2020 in Business, Culture, Vocabulary

Well here we are, almost at the mi-novembre (mid-November). In France, tout comme aux États-Unis (just like in the United States), we’ve changed the clocks and it gets dark earlier. Growing up in the northeastern United States, I’m used to early evenings. But when I went to France for the first time, I was hardly ready for just how early evening could come.

Nuit noir / The black of night

Paris (and the surrounding area where I lived) is actually much further north on the globe than where I grew up, lying somewhere on a par latitudinally with the city of Québec, some 396 miles north from my hometown.

The difference in latitude means that, in the winter, le soleil se lève plus tard et se couche plus tôt (the sun rises later and sets earlier) than even I was used to. Le jeudi (On Thursday’s), my longest day of school, I would walk to school in the dark in the morning and come home after dark in the evening.

I might have been 16 years old (and living in a well-lit urban area!), but it might have been nice still, to have a luminou for company.

Prenez un nourrisson Take an infant
Sous un torchon Under a kitchen towel/dish cloth/tea towel 1selon votre pays/depending on your country
Quand on éteint la lumière When we turn off the light
On ne le voit plus. You can’t see them anymore.
Alors que le luminou2combination of the word lumineux / light-up, luminous and nounours/teddybear or nounou/nanny, minder While with the glowybear
Dans le noir In the dark
On peut le voir. You can see it.
[Sans pile. 100% sécurité] [Without batteries. 100% safe]

Prenez un cycliste Take a cyclist
Sur une route la nuit On the road at night.
Quand on éteint la lumière When we turn off the light
On ne le voit plus. You can’t see them anymore.
Cycliste : Fait gaffe euh quand même. Cyclist : Watch out now, hey.
Alors que le luminou While with the glowybear
Dans le noir In the dark
On peut le voir. You can see it.
[Sans pile. 100% sécurité] [Without batteries. 100% safe]

Prenez la lune Take the moon
Quand on éteint la lumière When we turn off the light
On la voit encore. You can still see it.
C’est comme le luminou It’s like the glowybear
Dans le noir In the dark
On peut le voir. You can see it.
[Sans pile. 100% sécurité] [Without batteries. 100% safe]

Luminou

Luminou is a product of Jemini, une entreprise familiale Française basée en Sarthe à Ecommoy (a family-owned business in the commune of Ecommoy in the Sarthe department), specialized in la peluche et du jouet pour enfant (stuffed animals and toys for children).


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About the Author: Tim Hildreth

Lise: Maybe not always. Paris has ways of making people forget. / Jerry: Paris? No, not this city. It's too real and too beautiful. It never lets you forget anything. It reaches in and opens you wide, and you stay that way. / An American in Paris


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