Fun French Facts

5 05, 2016

Cinco de Mayo

By | May 5th, 2016|Categories: 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|Categories: 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|Categories: 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|Categories: 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|Categories: 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|Categories: 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|Categories: 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 [...]

19 01, 2016

Top 10 Books on French Food

By | January 19th, 2016|Categories: Fun French Facts|0 Comments

This mix of fact and fiction will teach you everything you could ever want to know about French cuisine: what it is, when it began, who helped it along the way, why it's so good, how to make it, and where to find the best of the best. 1-Feeding Frenzy, by Stuart Stevens Subtitled "Across [...]

11 01, 2016

LOL

By | January 11th, 2016|Categories: Fun French Facts|0 Comments

Learning French is one thing, but French on the internet - in chatrooms, forums, text messaging (SMS), and email can seem like a completely different language. Fortunately, help is at hand. Here are some common French abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols to help you communicate via text: bjr / SLT= bonjour / salut (hello) d'ac / dak = [...]

6 01, 2016

La Galette des Rois (King’s Cake)

By | January 6th, 2016|Categories: Fun French Facts|0 Comments

The French have a bit of a reputation for mistreating their royalty, but fortunately these days, it is more about cutting up cakes than carving up kings. Look around the patisseries and supermarkets in France at the beginning of January, and you can’t miss the special ‘gateaux’ prepared for the Fête des Rois. This French [...]