Author - Marie

Y en a marre! Cussing in French

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Y en a marre! /yawn ah marr/ LISTEN means I am fed up!  It is used when one is (very) frustrated. It’s not a bad word per say, but it’s intimate. Too intimate for, say, a job interview. The way it is uttered is almost as important as the words themselves. Compare these three pronunciations: J’en ai marre   and   J’en...

Learn French: Je lui envoie…

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Do you know the verb envoyer? It means to send. envoyer /on vwa yeah/ LISTEN Here is how you conjugate it in the Present tense: (I send – You send – He/she sends – One/Us guys send – We send – You guys send – They send) LISTEN (right click to open in a new tab)   Just as in English, you must always use...

Song: Francky

This catchy little song comes to us from Quebec artist Marième. It has been playing on the radio all summer, currently occupying ninth position on the French radio’s top song count down. So enticing, I am sure that as soon as you hear it, you will fall in love as Quebec did. Marième also has the perfect tone of voice for these...

Learn French: Après avoir…

Today’s expression:   (After eating/having had something to eat) LISTEN       (After looking /having looked everywhere) LISTEN     (After stepping in dog poo) LISTEN   How to use: Use this when you want to express that something happens after something else occurred.   (He washes the dishes...

Learn French: Je voudrais…

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The French wishing verb par excellence is je voudrais /xhuh voo dreh/ (LISTEN) (Right click Open Link in New Tab). It means I would like, while je veux /xhuh vuhr/ (LISTEN) means I want. But when using it, be careful what you wish for…   (Anonymous comic strip found on FB) Vocabulary: Ne plus…: to not … anymore le ménage:...

BD du jour: Range ta chambre!

Parents often nag their children with this phrase, and if you are/were an aupair, or experienced any French homestay where children were present, you are bound to have heard it at least once: (LISTEN) Range ta chambre /ronsh tah shonb ruh/* [French “r” ] stands for Clean up your room (it’s a mess). Today’s comical BD from...