Category Archives: French Vocabulary

Les degrés frisquets

Les degrés frisquets (lay duh-gray friss-kay), or chilly temperatures, have come to New England. This is an casual phrase to use among friends, rather than one that should show up in your correspondence with the president. I love these crisp … Continue reading

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Réallouer

Réallouer (ray-al-oo-ay) means “to reallocate.” This summer, the program I normally work at in Paris reallocated me to St Andrews to start a brand new program. It wasn’t my first choice, but, since it was a promotion to Director, I … Continue reading

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Ça me file la pêche

In my summer job at St Andrews, I’ve been introduced to a beautiful lane known as Lade Braes. It starts in St Andrews and wends its way to an ancient mill. Parts of it date to the twelfth century. The parts … Continue reading

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Ça marche du tonnere

I’m afraid to jinx everything by putting it in writing, but the summer program where I’m currently working in St Andrews, Scotland is going incredibly smoothly. The way to say that in French is ça marche du tonnere (sah marsh due ton-air), … Continue reading

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Confiance en soi

Have you ever filled out one of those “getting to know you” questionnaires? Like “What’s your favorite book?” or “If you were an animal, which one would you be?” These are a standard fixture of the summer program I work … Continue reading

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Marquer le coup

In the summer program I work at, it’s important to do something to mark their birthdays. Sometimes parents will contact us with a list of requests, other times, it’s up to us to highlight the importance of the day with banners, … Continue reading

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Même pas en rêve

Même pas en rêve (mem pah ehn rev) means “not even in dreams,” we’d say “not in your wildest dreams” or “not a chance.” My husband and I often look back on the last twenty years of our lives and … Continue reading

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CQFD

A couple of weeks ago, a lovely reader, Eugénie Street, commented on a post on the blog. She included the abbreviation CQFD, which stands for “ce qu’il faut démontrer” (suh keel foe day-mon-tray), which is the equivalent to the Latin phrase … Continue reading

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Papoter

Papoter (pap-oh-tay) is a casual way of saying to chat, talk, gossip. Now that the weather is improving, you may enjoy spending time at a café catching up with friends and family. It’s during weather like this that I particularly … Continue reading

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Fortiche

The Barn at 17 has one of the best selections of antique furniture and accessories that we have found in the Boston area. The building looks a little decrepit on the exterior, but inside it’s Ali Baba’s cave, chock full … Continue reading

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