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Thursday, May 31, 2012

doux, douce

soft, sweet or gentle

Le tissu est tout doux.
The fabric is very soft.

Les enfants aiment toujours les gâteaux doux.
The children always like the sweet cakes.

Elle sent la douce brise au bord de la mer.
She feels the gentle breeze at the seaside.

Vocabulary Section: Adjectives, Word of the Day
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

se peigner

to comb (oneself)

Après avoir pris une douche, elle s’est peigné les cheveux.
After taking a shower, she combed her hair.

Vocabulary Section: Bath and Grooming, Word of the Day
Tuesday, May 29, 2012


to board/to get off

Nous avons embarqué dans l’avion 30 minutes avant de décoller.
We boarded the plane 30 minutes before taking off.

Après avoir atterri, nous avons débarqué de l’avion.
After landing, we got off (disembarked from) the plane.

Monday, May 28, 2012

redémarrer l’ordinateur

to reboot the computer

Il faut souvent redémarrer l’ordinateur après une mise à jour.
You often have to reboot the computer after an update.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

une feuille de laurier

a bay leaf

Mettez deux feuilles de laurier dans la sauce.
Put two bay leaves in the sauce.

We’re back in one of our favorite places — la cuisine, or the kitchen — with a word you might encounter in a recipe.

Vocabulary Section: Food and Drink, Word of the Day
Saturday, May 26, 2012


to sigh

Elle a soupiré en apprenant sa tâche.
She sighed upon learning of her task.

Today’s entry was originally part of a lesson on the sounds, or les sons, we make.

Vocabulary Section: Sounds, Verbs, Word of the Day
Friday, May 25, 2012

composer un numéro de téléphone

to dial a phone number

J’ai composé le numéro de téléphone, mais la ligne était occupée.
I dialed the phone number, but the line was busy.

Vocabulary Section: Telephone, Word of the Day
Thursday, May 24, 2012


to fill, refill

Les serveurs remplissent les verres vides.
The servers refill the empty glasses.

Today’s word is a regular -ir
verb. To learn how to conjugate verbs like these, check out our -ir verb conjugation page in our Quick Verb Guide.

Vocabulary Section: Verbs, Word of the Day
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

le roi

the king

Un prince doit attendre à devenir roi.
A prince must wait to become king.

Vocabulary Section: Royalty, Word of the Day
Tuesday, May 22, 2012


to defraud, to swindle

Il est accusé d’escroquer les clients.
He is accused of defrauding customers.

Vocabulary Section: Society, Verbs, Word of the Day
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