Archive - January 2013

BD du jour: Higher Ed In The News

Today’s funny BD comes from Montreal’s daily Le Devoir, and is from bédéiste (cartoonist) Garnotte: . The Pun: “Sommet” means both conference and height; “être dans le trou” (lit. to be in the hole)  is a colloquial expression for being out of money; “être au fond du trou” (lit. to be at the...

Verb + de: Share Yours

What is YOUR favourite, or most useful verb followed by “de” in French? . Here is mine: avoir besoin de… /avwar bzwehnd/ to need…  . I don’t find it pretty, but it sure is very handy. . J’ai besoin de la machine  /zhay bzwehn dlah mah sheen/ I need the machine. Listen Avez-vous besoin de chanter si fort? Do...

Articles, Part 5: Expressing Quantities

Now you know what to say when you want some beer, an indefinite quantity of wine, and whatever you will need to treat it: (Did you forget?)                         Listen                                Listen                                     Listen . And you know what to say when you want a...

BD du jour: Timbre or Timbré?

Today’s BD (Bande Dessinée) comes from Macadam Valley: Vocabulary: léguer:  to bequeath sth to sb vouloir dire: to mean to say un timbre: a stamp un(e) timbré(e): a madman, madwoman, someone who has “gone nuts”.  

French Songs: Elle me dit, Emily

I stumbled upon a great little site full of French songs with their lyrics and activities: Frank Sprog. On it, I found this funny song, which could be seen as the rant of a Gen X parent to their Millennium Child… “Elle me dit” (She tells me) (Click here for the lyrics) The song was re-written in English by the singer as...

French Friendly Links

The website for online RFI (Radio France Inter) offers a wide range of listening activities with multiple choice comprehension quizzes. To hear clips, click on the “écouter” icon located below the picture. (IN FRENCH, INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED) French teaching/learning blog ah oui? informs us about the My Languages site, which is full...

BD du jour: Love Is Blind!

Today’s BD comes from the hilarious Lamisseb, from his series “Les Noeils“: Vocabulary: rencontrer: to meet un myope /ehn mee opp/: a short sighted person entre nous: between us l’amour: love flou: blurred Explanation: Can you give me one? Write it in the comments (in English or in French) ETA: No explanation yet! So I...

Articles, Part Four: The Partitives

In this series, we are studying articles. You know, these little words that come before nouns. In Part One, we studied le, la, les, l’. In Part Two, un, une, des. Part Three was about “pas de“. This post will cover: du /dü/                    de la  /dlah/                            ——->...