Tag Archives: French idiom

Qui trop embrasse mal étreint

I came across a new French saying recently: Qui trop embrasse mal étreint (key troh ahmbrass mal aytrahnt), which literally means “[One} who takes on too much, grips badly.” I have an image of someone trying to hold an armful of apples … Continue reading

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En avril, ne te découvre pas d’un fil

Two weeks ago, it was snowing. As I’m writing this, it’s about 85 degrees Fahrenheit, or almost 30 for those more comfortable with Celsius. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be about 20 degrees colder. Spring weather certainly is crazy. There’s a … Continue reading

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Il ne faut pas mélanger les torchons et les serviettes

Frankly, it seemed like an abomination, a freak of nature. The Wegmans bakery had whole grain croissants. I turned away in disgust. A croissant is a poem written in butter. It’s not supposed to be healthy. I thought I should … Continue reading

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En somme

Today’s entry and original illustration are by guest blogger Karan Hiremath, a student in my AP French class. Merci, Karan! The French are universally well known for their conversational nature. While they may sometimes come across as being confrontational, they … Continue reading

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Se jeter dans l’eau

On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa, known as La Joconde in France, was stolen from the Louvre. What’s even more amazing is that the theft wasn’t noticed for a full day. If you’ve been to the Louvre in recent … Continue reading

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Un faux frère

Thomas Corneille, born August 20, 1625, had the misfortune of being brother number two when brother number one was one of the most brilliant dramatists of the 17th century. Thomas also happened to be a dramatist, just like big brother … Continue reading

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Du jour au lendemain

French fashion and nude photographer Fernand Fonssagrives was born on June 8, 1910. He met his first wife, Lisa, at dancing school in Paris and they both became professionals and dance instructors. A broken back due to a diving accident … Continue reading

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Allez au charbon!

French singer and songwriter Pierre Bachelet was born on May 25, 1944. His big hit was Les Corons, a tribute to the miners who fueled the industrial development of the post-war years. A coron is a house typical of workers … Continue reading

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Perdre le nord

French soccer player Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona was born on May 24, 1966. His career took him to eight different cities in France and England, as well as the French national team for nine consecutive years. He had quite a … Continue reading

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Voler de ses propres aisles

May 13, 2011 marked the maiden international flight of Solar Impulse, a plane with the wing-span of an Air Bus A330 covered with 12,000 solar cells. The first flight was in April 2010 and there was a successful 26 hour … Continue reading

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