Category Archives: French Vocabulary

Taper dans le mille

Taper dans le mille (tap-ay dahn luh meel) is a slang expression that figuratively means “to hit the nail on the head.” The expression comes from archery where the bullseye was worth 1,000, or mille, points. It’s only worth 10 … Continue reading

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Je suis Paris

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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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