Tag Archives: French language

French Friday: #motdièse

It was nearly five months ago when I wrote about the Forum mondial de la langue française – a gathering of great French-speaking leaders and thinkers to discuss the influx of foreign (read: English) words being used to describe technology and the internet. Public … Continue reading

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French Friday: No, souper doesn’t mean “to eat soup”

One of the first subjects covered in most language classes is food. When and where and what do you eat? So the French words for breakfast, lunch, and dinner were pretty well ingrained in my head. Petit dejeuner, dejeuner, et dîner.  … Continue reading

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French Friday: Tu Tweet or Not Tu Tweet

There was a really fascinating article on the BBC website this week about how the French communicate on Twitter and other social media networks and whether or not those standards might be changing the language altogether. Apparently, French speakers are no longer using … Continue reading

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French Friday: “la guerre” on hashtags

Today is the last day of the Forum mondial de la langue française, a week-long meeting of leaders and thinkers from French-speaking countries across the globe to discuss the language’s history, present, and future. This year the forum was held … Continue reading

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French Fridays: The Intouchables – good movie, bad title

Recently, I saw the French movie, “The Intouchables.” It’s a huge hit in France – nearly one-third of the population has seen it – and it’s already the second highest grossing non-English film in the world, ever, even though it’s … Continue reading

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French Friday: Tilting at Wind Turbines

Eight years ago, when I was studying abroad in Paris, I took a weekend trip to Mont St. Michel, the gorgeous abbey/fortress on the English Channel which straddles the regions of Normandy and Brittany. The train ride from Paris, through the … Continue reading

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French Friday: Music-mania

I learned a new French word today. mélomane It can be either a masculine or feminine noun or an adjective, and it means “music-lover.” More accurately, it means “music mad,” in the same vein as pyromane and kleptomane (pyromaniac and … Continue reading

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French Friday: Pronunciation

I need to give credit to Seycen at The Translation Practice for inspiring this post. She introduced me to the wonderful YouTube videos made by Cheryl A. Demharter and her company FrenchSounds. I’ve always been of the extremely biased opinion that my … Continue reading

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