Archive - February 2013

BD du jour: Kicking Ass

Today’s BD comes from the ever amusing Macadam Valley: Le Tramway Vocabulary: ma place /mah plass/: my seat la mienne /lah mee enn/: mine peut-être /ptat/: maybe encore /on core/: still or again foutre une branlée /foo trünn bron lay/ à quelqu’un: to kick someone’s ass (vulgar) petit con /ptee k’own/ : little moron...

Getting Stuck

Andrew Weiler over at Fair Languages posted this interesting piece: Why do we get stuck learning languages? “Many language learners do put enough effort in the initial stages to get to a certain level of proficiency but can’t seem to get above that level, try as they might. There can be any number of reasons for this. …...

BD du jour, Horsemeat: Don’t Have a Cow! (Or, Rather, Have One)

Today’s BD comes from Martin Vidberg: Vocabulary: Hollande: refers to President François Hollande souhaiter: to wish for étiquetage: labelling Eh ben: short for Eh bien, well there vache (f.): cow . Background This is a reference to the recent horsemeat scandal in France. President François Hollande called...

Words In The (French) News

Hi there! It’s been a while and I am sorry. Been sick, blah blah blah et patati et patata. So to make it up to you, here is a medley of words taken from today’s French newspapers headlines. First, L’Express posts this: . Une petite amie /pteetah me/ means a girl sweetheart (girlfriend). Un petit ami /pteetah me/ is used for...

BD du jour: Saint-Valentin

Today’s BD comes from Lamisseb’s series Les Noeils: Vocabulary: se poser des questions: to wonder, to doubt tourner le dos à quelqu’un: to turn one’s back to somebody loucher: to be crossed-eyed. In French is said: il louche = he is cross-eyed.  Explanation: This is a pun on the expression “coucher le premier...

Song: Respire

This is not a new song, as it dates from 2003. But the animated video is excellent, with a surprise ending. Just see for yourself: . . Now watch it again with English subtitles: . (Thanks to Clement Ng for the subtitles!) . Learn more about this song here.

BD Du jour: Quand Je S’rai Grand…

Children often say : Quand je serai grand … /konsh sray gron/ (When I grow up) And don’t we all want to… faire ce que je veux /fair skuh jvuhr/ (do what I want) ? . Today’s BD comes from Quentin Heroguer: . . About The Red X’s . Yes, I put them there. I just didn’t want to expose you to a confusing grammar...

Pains Au Chocolat, Anyone?

France’s Assemblée Nationale (National Assembly) just voted in favour of gay marriage. Now a law must be put in writing. Deputes started debating over the draft bill Saturday morning and continued non-stop through the night. The process was slowed by constant obstruction tactics from the opposition. Around 7 am, one depute asked for a...

BD du jour: Eyeful

Today’s BD comes from inimitable Lamisseb‘s series “Les Noeils” (explanation): Vocabulary: hé /ay/: hey ben /behn/ : well, er… rincer /srehn say/: to wash the soap off  je me rince /jmuh rehnss/ : I rinse myself off  pervers /pairvair/: pervert The Pun: In order to find this strip funny, you must know that the...