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Josephine Baker bis Posted by on Nov 30, 2021

It’s finally here – the ceremony honoring Josephine Baker’s addition to Le Panthéon is today! Today is the day “La cérémonie [qui aura lieu à partir de 17h30]  sera présidée par Emmanuel Macron, qui prononcera un discours lors de cet hommage que la famille de Joséphine Baker a souhaité “populaire et festif”.” Interestingly, Josephine Baker is…

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How to Say “Give it Up” in French Slang Posted by on Feb 24, 2013

Formal French is of course essential to learn if you want to master le français, but French slang is also  a “must”, especially if you plan to actually go to France. You also need French slang to understand French movies, songs—and even graffiti, for example! We’ll focus today on one particular expression that French people…

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Colloquial French – Part 02 Posted by on Apr 17, 2012

Last week we had our first post of the Colloquial French series and by the comments I see that you guys liked it, so today is the second part. Profitez! Dis-le! = Spit it out! C’est cassé! Ça ne marche pas! = It’s broken! (computer) Tout a bien fini! = It all worked out…

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“Hey KEUM, Tu KIFFES l’argot ou KOI?” (an enKore of the ABC of French Slang) Posted by on Oct 11, 2010

Attachez vos ceintures tout le monde (buckle up everybody), c’est reparti pour le B.A.-BA de l’argot (here we go again for the ABC of French Slang), avec aujourd’hui la lettre “K”! “K Comme…” (“K as in…”) * KEUF: Even though ça a pris un léger coup de vieux (it aged a bit), this French slang word is still used for “cops”, who are…

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French Slang Expressions with the Letter G (Part 2) Posted by on Aug 25, 2010

La dernière fois (last time), we dealt with la première partie (the first part) of the letter “G“, as we introdued the slang words: “gaga” (senile), “galère” (tough time), “gamin” (a kid), and “géant” (awesome.) “G comme…”: “G as in…” : * GIVRÉ: Just as in “dingue” (see “D comme…” B.A.-BA de l’Argot (the ABC of French Slang…

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French Slang Expressions with the Letter F Posted by on Aug 5, 2010

Today, we continue with the second part of la lettre F. * FILER À L’ANGLAISE:  Depending on which side of la Manche (the English Channel, that is), you either say “filer à l’Anglaise“, or, conversely, “take the French Leave.” The expression means to “jump ship.” Another close expression is “fausser compagnie à quelqu’un“, like “leaving under a cloud”! * FIN DES HARICOTS: “The…

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French Slang Expressions with the Letter F Posted by on Jun 28, 2010

Le B.A.-BA de l’Argot (The ABC of French Slang) is back, and today, it’s with la lettre F, containing a long répertoire of words and expressions which you will surely like to learn and memorize, and more importantly, above all else, to recognize, whether in reading or hearing. Allez, c’est parti ! (Here we go!) * * *…

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