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Thursday, January 31, 2013

une télécommande

remote control

Qui a la télécommande chez vous?
Who has the remote control at your house?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

par ailleurs

otherwise, moreover

Vocabulary Section: Expressions, Word of the Day
Monday, January 28, 2013

une jetée

a pier

Elise s’est promenée sur le long de la jetée pour regarder la mer.
She walked the length of the pier to look at the sea.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

un bisou

a kiss

La mère a fait un bisou à son petit garçon.
The mother gave a kiss to her little boy.

As you might imagine, the French, with their propensity for amour, have a number of ways to say a kiss or to kiss. A few others you might hear:

  • une bise (a kiss)
  • un baiser** (a kiss)
  • embrasser (to give a kiss to, followed by a person)
  • s’embrasser (to kiss each other)

** Take great care when using un baiser to mean a kiss. The verb form of the word has come to mean something much more in modern French and is equivalent to the English vulgarity. If in doubt, use another word for kiss.

Our vocabulary word is one of many about love
l’amour, in French.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

monter sur le trône

to ascend the throne

Tout le monde se demande qui va monter sur le trône.
Everyone wonders who will ascend the throne.

Vocabulary Section: Royalty, Verbs, Word of the Day
Thursday, January 24, 2013

une carte cadeau

a gift card

Les cartes cadeaux sont devenues très populaires.
Gift cards have become very popular.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

la monarchie

the monarchy

La monarchie britannique dure plus d’un millier d’années.
The British monarchy has lasted more than a thousand years.

Vocabulary Section: Royalty, Word of the Day
Sunday, January 20, 2013

un jeu vidéo

video game

Saturday, January 19, 2013

houleux (-euse)

rough or choppy

Il était dans son bateau sur une mer très houleuse.
He was in his boat on very rough seas (literally, on a very choppy sea).

Vocabulary Section: Adjectives, Word of the Day
Friday, January 18, 2013

le deuil

grief, mourning

Quelquefois, l’automne est associé au deuil.
Sometimes, the fall is associated with mourning.

Vidéo. Here is a video of a poem by Paul Verlaine expressing some of the sentiments sometimes associated with autumn.

If you have any difficulty seeing the video, visit

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