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Sunday, July 21, 2013

une vedette

star (as in a film)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

oublier, oublier de

to forget, to forget to

J’ai oublié mes clés, et puis j’ai oublié de fermer la porte!
I forgot my keys, and then I forgot to close the door!

In French, verbs may not always be followed by the same prepositions as their English equivalents. The verb oublier is one such example. While in English we say to forget to do something, the same idea is expressed in French by following the verb oublier with the preposition de. Click here to discover more examples of how French verbs and prepositions interact, sometimes creating meanings that are completely different from one preposition to another.

Find out if you’ve mastered how to say to forget to in French and more with our Verbs and Prepositions Quiz.

Friday, July 19, 2013

attraper du soleil

to catch some sun

Jean-Marc se couche sur le sable et attrape du soleil.
Jean-Marc lies down on the sand and catches some sun.

Our word is about the summer seaside. Click here to discover more words about outdoor pursuits.

Take our Beach Quiz to find out if you’re ready to say you want to catch some sun in French.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

un cahier

a notebook

Prenez des notes dans votre cahier.
Take notes in your notebook.

Our word is about the classroom. Click here to learn more classroom vocabulary.

See how well you can say notebook in French and test your knowledge on other classroom words with our Classroom Quiz.

Vocabulary Section: Classroom, Word of the Day
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

un éclair

a flash of lightning

Un éclair a illuminé le ciel.
A flash of lightning lit up the sky.

Our word is one of many about thunderstorms and their effects — les orages et leurs effets.

Find out if you can recognize the word for lightning in French with our Stormy Weather Quiz.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013



Elles faisaient du lèche-vitrines toute la journée.
They were window-shopping all day long.

Lécher les vitrines and faire du lèche-vitrine both mean to go window-shopping.

Monday, July 15, 2013



Un citron est jaune.
A lemon is yellow.

Our word is from a topic that’s perfect for beginning French students — colors, or les couleurs
. If you’ll be studying French for the first time next school year or if you just need a refresher, these French words for colors are for you.

See if you remember how to say yellow in French and more with our Colors Quiz.

Vocabulary Section: Adjectives, Colors, Word of the Day
Sunday, July 14, 2013

le quatorze juillet, la Fête Nationale

Bastille Day

In France, today is Bastille Day — a very important national holiday commemorating the 1789 storming of the Bastille prison. This event was seen as an important symbol of the overthrow of the French aristocracy and the birth of the modern French nation. The holiday is analogous to Independence Day in the United States and is commonly referred to as le quatorze juillet and more formally as la Fête Nationale.

To learn more about this important holiday, please visit

Vocabulary Section: Holidays, Word of the Day
Saturday, July 13, 2013

le filet

the net

Il a frappé la balle par-dessus le filet.
He hit the ball over the net.

Vocabulary Section: Sports, Word of the Day
Friday, July 12, 2013


to have

Je n’ai pas d’argent.
I don’t have any money.

Avoir is one of the most essential of all French verbs. Not only does it express possession, it is also used to form numerous tenses of many other French verbs.

For a complete conjugation of avoir, click here.

To see avoir used to form tenses of other regular verbs, explore these regular verb conjugations:

-er verbs
-ir verbs
-re verbs

Vocabulary Section: Verbs, Word of the Day
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