Le portrait inattendu de Clémence Poesy

Du lundi au vendredi dans “Culture médias”, Hélène Mannarino fait le portrait de l’invité avec des informations que vous ne connaissez sans doute pas. Ce jeudi, Clémence Poesy.

Comme une Française: “Venir De” – Two meanings of this very useful French verb

You may already know the French verb Venir, which means “to come”. But, have you encountered its trickier neighbour, “Venir de”? We’ll explore its different meanings in today’s lesson, and I’ll show you how to use it in everyday French conversation. Take care and stay safe.

😘 from Grenoble, France.


Comme une française: How to pronounce the “euil” sound

How do you pronounce fauteuil in French? How about écureuil, or accueil? Each of these words use the weird French sound “euil”

It’s no secret that many French words have weird pronunciation. And one sound that always makes French learners pause is the “euil” sound. You’ll see it in words like un fauteuil (an armchair), un écureuil (a squirrel), and un accueil (welcome / hospitality / an entrance lobby). In today’s lesson, I’ll show you some tricks for getting around this weird French pronunciation, so you can get better at speaking real, everyday French! Let’s go!

Take care and stay safe. 😘 from Grenoble, France. Géraldine

A Few Favorite French Christmas Traditions

By Catherine Rickman

Christmastime is all about pomp and circumstance and tradition, and who does tradition better than the meticulous French? In this video from France-based New Zealander Rosie (AKA Not Even French, currently back in NZ for quarantine), you’ll get to explore a few of the fun habits the French have picked up over several hundred Decembers.

Some things are similar, like Santa Claus or Père Noël, but did you know about his spooky brother, Père Fouettard? How about what a papillote is? Or what French children leave out for Santa instead of stockings? Rosie touches on things like the religious remnants of Catholic France, like the popularity of calendriers de l’avent or the handmade santons in a crèche, or nativity scene. She covers Réveillon, the great Christmas Eve feast (more on that here), and mentions the delicious Treize Desserts popular in Provence. And we’ll help fill in her gaps on knowledge of French Christmas songs in this list.

So whether you’re spending Christmas in France, or just dreaming of the vitrines at the Galeries Lafayette, enjoy this little sampler of French holiday customs this season.

Source: A Few Favorite French Christmas Traditions – Frenchly

Joyeux Noël from Notre Dame Cathedral

Sous les auspices de l’Église de Paris représentée par Monseigneur Michel Aupetit, archevêque de Paris la Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris donnera un concert de Noël dirigé par Henri Chalet, son directeur, dans la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Ce concert événement, diffusé sur France 2 et KTO se déroulera dans le strict respect des normes sanitaires en cours et réunira 20 chanteurs du choeur d’adultes de la Maîtrise, accompagnés par Yves Castagnet à l’orgue positif (instrument loué pour l’occasion), ainsi que par 2 solistes: Julie Fuchs (soprano) et Gautier Capuçon (violoncelle).