Category Archives: Idioms

Briser la glace

La glace (lah glas) means several diverse things: ice cream, ice, and a mirror. Briser  (bree-zay) means to break. Recently, I read a great story on My Little Paris. Apparently, Alfred Jarry , a symbolist writer from the beginning of the … Continue reading

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Mine de rien

I worked with a French woman a few years who liberally peppered her conversation with mine de rien (mean duh re-en). She seemed to use it in ways that shifted, so I was never 100% sure of what it meant … Continue reading

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Chose promise, chose due

Now that my trip to Paris with a student group is over, I’m spending the second half of my spring break with my parents in Canada. It’s a promise that I made at Christmas time, when I was last there, … Continue reading

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Ce qui est fait n’est plus à faire

Ah, it’s almost spring. The days are getting longer and warmer. If you’re thinking of a deep clean, you may be inspired by this French quotation: Ce qui est fait n’est plus à faire (suh key eh feh neh ploose ah … Continue reading

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Il ne faut rien laisser au hasard

By the time you read this, I’ll be in Paris with a group of students. From this end of the trip, all I can see is a detailed itinerary, a budget, and the faces of ten students, most of whom … Continue reading

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Rien ne sert de courir

A few months ago, I found a podcast that I really enjoy, Happier with Gretchen Rubin and her sister Elisabeth Craft. Rubin is the author of a number of popular books about, well, happiness and how to have more if … Continue reading

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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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