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Analyzing French Expressions: De Souche Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

There’s an expression that you might come across in your French studies: français de souche. What does this mean? Let’s take a look at the term souche and all the different expressions in which it can be used. In French, souche literally means “stump,” as in the stump of a tree. But it also means “origins,” as in one’s…

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The “Gaulois” Legacy in French Part 1 Posted by on Feb 8, 2011

Long before that the hexagonal land that we know today as France was invaded by foreign German tribes called the Franks, who went as far as changing its original language and name, it was known to its inhabitants as La Gaule. Those native inhabitants, who were of Celtic “souche“(a Gaulish word meaning “stock”, “origin”), were known…

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