Joyeux Noël! It’s easy enough to discover the translation of “Merry Christmas” in French, but as an Can you Have you ever wondered whether or not French fries are actually French? What about French manicures, or French windows? And then, of course, there’s those French-sounding expressions that have made their way into English, such as “la piece de resistance”. Would a REAL French person use them in everyday conversation? And, if not, what would they say instead? I’m setting things straight with today’s lesson. I’ll explain which of these words we actually use in France, versus which are “fake” French words that are rarely (or never) used by French people. You’ll learn which French words are making it very obvious that you’re a tourist or a non-native French speaker, and I’ll give you some new vocabulary to replace them so you can sound more authentically French! Did you learn something new in today’s lesson? Did I help you expand your French vocabulary? Let me know in the comments! Take care and stay safe.Géraldine
February 8, 2022
JAmélie (2001) is one of the most well-known French movies, and with good reason! It is a beautiful, poetic display of French culture. But luckily for YOU, it also gives us a fantastic example of colloquial, REAL spoken French – the kind you might actually expect to hear in a cozy café in Montmartre. In today’s lesson, we’ll explore a short dialogue between some of the movies main characters. I’ll explain some of the vocabulary you may not know, and we’ll keep revisiting the scene until you completely understand it. Are you ready? Let’s dive in! What new vocabulary did you learn today? Let me know in the comments. Take care and stay safe. 😘Géraldine
Joyeux Noël! It’s easy enough to discover the translation of “Merry Christmas” in French, but as an It’s no secret that travel (and total immersion) is one of the best ways to learn a language. You may not be able to physically travel to Paris right now, but we can go on a virtual tour of the city together! In today’s lesson, I’ll walk you through the different “arrondissements” of Paris, pointing out common landmarks and explaining why the city is arranged in this way. Repeat after me as I slowly pronounce some new vocabulary words. Then, let me know in the comments: did you learn anything new?Géraldine
Joyeux Noël! It’s easy enough to discover the translation of “Merry Christmas” in French, but as an Can you understand this French dialogue? Get better at understanding REAL spoken French while learning all about “les soldes”: sales season in France!
In some countries, like the United States and Canada, “sales” are a regular thing. Maybe you’re used to “end of season” sales or big shopping events like Black Friday. We don’t have this in France! Instead, our sales seasons are regulated and only happen twice a year. In today’s lesson, you can learn more about this aspect of French culture and improve your oral comprehension by listening to a dialogue between a shopper and a sales assistant in a French store. What can you understand? Did you learn anything new — whether it’s a French word or just something about French culture you didn’t know before? Let me know in the comments!Géraldine
Joyeux Noël! It’s easy enough to discover the translation of “Merry Christmas” in French, but as an English speaker that pesky little “ë” may leave you scratching your head in confusion. What does it mean? Why is it there? And, most importantly, how is it pronounced? In today’s festive video lesson, I want to teach you the correct way to make this “ë” sound in French, so that you can feel completely confident in your pronunciation when wishing someone a Joyeux Noël this holiday season.Géraldine