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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

porter à ébullition

to bring to a boil

Portez à l’ébullition une marmite d’eau.
Bring a pot of water to a boil.

We’re going back to one of our favorite places — la cuisine, or the kitchen — to explore words you might encounter in recipes.

Vocabulary Section: Food and Drink, Word of the Day
Tuesday, October 30, 2012



La lune est très loin d’ici.
The moon is very far from here.

Vocabulary Section: Adverbs, Word of the Day
Monday, October 29, 2012



Les rues ont été inondées par la pluie.
The streets were flooded by the rain.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

les œufs brouillés

scrambled eggs

On mange les oeufs brouillés pour le petit déjeuner.
We eat scrambled eggs for breakfast.

Vocabulary Section: Food and Drink, Word of the Day
Friday, October 26, 2012

je t’aime

I love you

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


to find

J’ai trouvé mes clés!
I found my keys!

We suggest

If we’re going to lose things, we’re going to have to be able to find them, too — even in French! And as it turns out, you’ll discover we lose and find things quite a bit. Knowing chercher and trouver will help you express that.

Our vocabulary topic is essential verbs for conversation. We’re reviewing one of the verbs that is key to day-to-day conversation. For other common verbs, including an example of how to conjugate other -er verbs like trouver, see our Quick Verb Guide at

Vocabulary Section: Verbs, Word of the Day
Monday, October 22, 2012

un disque vinyle

a vinyl record

Les enthousiastes de musique redécouvrent le son des disques vinyles.
Music enthusiasts are rediscovering the sound of vinyl records.

Discover the return of vinyl — le retour du vinyle — in this video. If you received this in our daily e-mail and have difficulty viewing it, please visit our site at

We’re exploring the vocabulary of music, la musique.

Vocabulary Section: Arts and Culture, Music, Word of the Day
Sunday, October 21, 2012

se chauffer

to warm oneself
On peut se chauffer avec un bon potage en automne.
You can warm yourself up with a good soup in the fall.

Today, our word is inspired by autumn.

Vocabulary Section: Verbs, Word of the Day
Friday, October 19, 2012

une grenouille

a frog

Les grenouilles font un son très bien connu. Elles croassent.
Frogs make a very well known sound. They croack.

Vocabulary Section: Animals and Pets, Word of the Day
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Laisse-moi tranquille

Leave me alone

Je ne veux pas en parler. Laisse-moi tranquille.
I don’t want to talk about it. Leave me alone.

For the days when you’ve just had enough of someone, this is good to know. However, keep in mind it’s a pretty strong statement and not to be used too lightly. You might also hear, laisse-moi seule.

Our vocabulary topic is expressions that matter. We’re covering some common phrases that come up in conversation so that you can both recognize them and use them to impress native French speakers.

Vocabulary Section: Expressions, Word of the Day
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