Category Archives: French Vocabulary

L’hôte et la pluie

As I’ve mentioned, I’m going to be traveling to Paris with a group of students. They are going to attend immersion classes in the morning, and then in the afternoon we are going on various sightseeing excursions. I’ve done all … Continue reading

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Le béguin

If you want to say that you have a crush on someone, you can say “J’ai le béguin pour toi” (zjay luh bay-gahn poor twah). This slang term has really old roots that date back to the Middles Ages. Béguines … Continue reading

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Une Rengaine

We had a big snow storm here on Friday, but Saturday was a winter wonderland. I went for a walk next to the reservoir and heard the most amazing sound. The sun was loosening the snow in the branches, and … Continue reading

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Un Dédale

Un dédale (uhn day-dahl) means a labyrinth or a maze. The name comes from Daedalus, the builder of the labyrinth for King Minos of Crete. Daedalus was eventually imprisoned in the labyrinth himself along with his son Icarus. Being its … Continue reading

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Déchéance

Déchéance (day-shay-ahnse) is a hot topic in France these days. It refers to rescinding French citizenship to those who were naturalized as citizens after immigrating. It is currently only available as a punishment when people who hold two citizenships and … Continue reading

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Ça caille!

The winter of 2015 was mythic in its severity. The winter of 2016, so far, has not been too bad. I’m totally OK with that. Being able to go for a walk in January is such a pleasure, even if … Continue reading

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Une gamelle

The French are renowned for 90-minute long lunches, complete with a glass of wine, but things are changing. A recent report on the French news indicated that the majority of French workers are now bringing their own lunches to work. … Continue reading

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