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19 05, 2016

Bonnes vacances d’été !

By | May 19th, 2016|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

"J'ai besoin de six mois de vacances, deux fois par an." I need six months of vacation, two times a year.   Bon été!     Have a good summer!

17 05, 2016

Expressions with “Avoir”

By | May 17th, 2016|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

Classic Avoir Expressions Let’s get things started with the classics. If you’ve already been learning French for a while, these are probably the avoir expressions that introduced you to the idea in the first place. They’re a great way to get to understanding the expressions and how they work. Let’s start with one of the [...]

8 05, 2016

Bonne Fête des Mères

By | May 8th, 2016|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

We wish all moms a happy and wonderful Mother's Day. Mother's Day Dates in France It takes place at a different time from America which celebrates on the second Sunday of May. In France, it's on the last Sunday in May unless Pentecost/Whit Sunday happens to fall on that day, in which case it’s on [...]

5 05, 2016

Cinco de Mayo

By | May 5th, 2016|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco [...]

8 03, 2016

Québécois Idioms

By | March 8th, 2016|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

Se faire griller la couenne - Quand il fait beau, j'adore me faire griller la couenne. When it's sunny, I love to roast my (pork) skin. It obviously means to sunbathe. In French from France, one would say "se dorer au soleil" - to get golden under the sun. Rêver en couleurs - Si tu [...]

2 03, 2016

How to Choose Between “Tu” and “Vous”

By | March 2nd, 2016|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

There is a right and a wrong way to say “you” in French. Or rather, there are different ways to say it depending on who you are talking to. Use the right form and people will be happy to talk to you and amazed by your knowledge of the language ; use the wrong form and the [...]

22 02, 2016

French Cartoons for Kids

By | February 22nd, 2016|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

Looking for some French cartoons for your child to view? Here are some suggestions below, originating from either France or Canada. Episodes are often available on YouTube or dvds can be purchased online. These cartoons are not only great for children but also adults learning French.   Petit Ours Brun Trotro Caillou Babar Sam Sam [...]

10 02, 2016

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

By | February 10th, 2016|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

This is a specifically Cajun French expression meaning "Let the good times roll!" which is often said around the time of Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. There are a variety of spellings used to write this phrase, some of which are listed below. Despite being used in public events and promotional materials, all spellings are [...]

3 02, 2016

Cajun or Creole?

By | February 3rd, 2016|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

(Photograph of Jackson Square in New Orleans by Robert Giglio) When strolling through the French Quarter, you’ll notice several obvious connections to its namesake motherland. Many of the street names are French — Rue Bourbon, par exemple — and corner bistros send aromas of pralines, beignets, and bread pudding wafting across the neighborhood. Yes, New Orleans [...]

28 01, 2016

Convenient French Phrasebooks

By | January 28th, 2016|Fun French Facts|0 Comments

When traveling in a French-speaking country, it can be essential to bring along with you a French language phrasebook, no matter what your level of French happens to be. These books offer new vocabulary, dictionaries, survival phrases, and pronunciation guides among other things. Here is a list of 6 popular and useful French phrasebooks: 1-"Collins [...]