French Vocabulary – Cleaning Up Posted by Tim Hildreth on May 14, 2019 in Vocabulary
Spring is the perfect time for cleaning … that’s why we call it “spring cleaning!” So ouvrez les fenêtres (open the windows), sortez les balais et les serpillères (get out the brooms and the rags*), et commençons (and let’s begin)!
Le nettoyage de printemps
Spring cleaning (also known in French as le ménage de printemps or le nettoyage printanier) is the perfect opportunity to ranger votre domicile de fond en comble (clean your house from top to bottom). Let’s take a look at some of the things you might do during a really good nettoyage de printemps.
|dépoussiérer les meubles||dust the furniture|
|astiquer les meubles||polish the furniture|
|passer la serpillère*||to mop|
|passer l’aspirateur||to vacuum|
|ranger||to straighten / tidy up|
|jeter||to toss out / throw away|
|laver les vitres||to wash the windows|
|faire / laver le linge||do / wash the laundry|
|faire / laver la vaisselle||do / wash the dishes|
* seripillère can be either a rag or a mop depending on the context, perhaps because at one time, a common way to mop floors in France was to push a wet rag around on the end of a long handle/stick.
Comment garder sa maison propre et rangée / How to keep you house clean and tidy
Le meilleur moyen d’éviter un grand nettoyage de printemps (The best way to avoid a big spring cleaning) each year is to keep your house clean and tidy. This short video has lots of great tips for doing just that. Some key vocabulary to listen for (in addition to the list above) include: sale (dirty), propre (clean), pile (pile), au fur et à mesure (as you go/little by little).
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