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30 11, 2015

Pain d’épices

By | November 30th, 2015|Categories: Fun French Facts|0 Comments

Pain d’épices (m.) is French for “gingerbread.” Notice that the actual word for “ginger” is nowhere to be found in pain d’épices. The word literally means “bread of spices.” You can use the word on its own as a noun, or as a flavor. Here’s an example: Les enfants vont construire une maison en pain d’épices. [...]

24 11, 2015

Learn French While You Cook

By | November 24th, 2015|Categories: Fun French Facts|0 Comments

Why Learn French Vocabulary Through Cooking? There are specific words that are primarily used for cooking Like in English, a set of words applies to cooking and not much else. Often, a single action is described by different verbs depending on whether or not the situation involves cooking. For example, étaler means to spread out something generally, [...]

16 11, 2015

Why Love Paris

By | November 16th, 2015|Categories: Fun French Facts|0 Comments

Paris is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Here are some reasons to love it: 1. The architecture. One can only appreciate the beauty of the stylized facades of its old buildings, its tree-lined boulevards and open-air feeling when seeing it in person. 2. The many public gardens and [...]

10 11, 2015

Improve Your French with Movies

By | November 10th, 2015|Categories: Fun French Facts|0 Comments

When studying a language, it helps to have as much exposure to it as possible. One way to practice and improve your French is by watching French films. This doesn't need to be solely for the advanced learner; beginners can join the fun as well. The following is a list of 10 recommended movies picked [...]

1 11, 2015

All Saints’ Day

By | November 1st, 2015|Categories: Fun French Facts|0 Comments

“Toussaint” is the contraction of “Tous les Saints”, meaning “All the Saints” in English, a Catholic tradition of honoring the dead. French people commemorate their dead on the 1st of November. The catholic tradition makes a distinction between Toussaint (All Saints’ Day, on the 1st of November) from the “Commémoration des fidèles défunts” (All Soul’s [...]

27 10, 2015

“Trick or Treat!”

By | October 27th, 2015|Categories: Fun French Facts|0 Comments

Halloween is typically not celebrated by French people, though stores in France may sell pumpkins and encourage people to buy them for carving. Halloween enjoyed a bit more popularity in France several years ago, but has not anchored itself into French culture as a major holiday. Some children do go trick-or-treating and people who choose [...]

19 10, 2015

Werewolf in Paris

By | October 19th, 2015|Categories: Fun French Facts|0 Comments

Werewolf - Le loup-garou The Werewolf of Paris was a novel published in 1933 in the United States by author Guy Endore. This 325-page book is considered a horror novel covering both the genre of horror fiction and historical fiction. It details the gruesome life of the main character (werewolf) named Bertrand Caillet during the time of [...]

12 10, 2015

Halloween Vocabulary

By | October 12th, 2015|Categories: Fun French Facts|0 Comments

Halloween – halloween (say it the French way “a lo ween”) Un déguisement, un costume – a costume Un fantôme – a ghost Un vampire – a vampire Une sorcière – a witch Une princesse – a princess Un squelette – skeleton Un épouvantail – a scarecrow Un diable – a devil Une momie – [...]

6 10, 2015

A Trip to Monaco

By | October 6th, 2015|Categories: Fun French Facts|0 Comments

Monaco is located on the French Riviera, bordered by France on three sides and one side by the Mediterranean Sea. Residents are mostly French-speaking and French is the official language. It's size is 2 square kilometers and it is the 2nd smallest country in the world. With a population of over 30,000 people, it wins as [...]

28 09, 2015

A Hair in My…Soup?

By | September 28th, 2015|Categories: Fun French Facts|0 Comments

There is an expression in French: Arriver comme un cheveu sur la soupe  or  Tomber comme un cheveu sur la soupe Translation: To arrive like a hair on soup  -or-  To fall like a hair on soup Meaning: To turn up at a very awkward moment, to be completely irrelevant. Examples: ~J'étais en train d'imiter [...]