Did you know that up until 1973, there was no speed limit on highways in France? “Common sense” ruled. Nowadays speed limit vary between 110 and 13 km/hour (that’s 69 and 81 miles per hour), on a good day. The first photo radar (or speed camera) appeared in 2003 in Franche-Comté, located on France’s eastern …
‘Tis the season for lists and rankings. What are the worse “faux amis” from English in French? Faux amis are words that look the same but mean something different from one language to another. We all have our personal list. Here is mine. What is yours? Do you have a favorite one? 1. Actually / Actuellement …
C’est quoi, au juste?
In France, Halloween is traditionally celebrated as the day before All Saints day (November 1st). People dress up in costume but do not go around knocking on doors for treats. Or if they do now, it is a very new practice. In Quebec, however, it is celebrated as “Halloween”: just like in other parts of …
What you may desperately need.
Swear like a (French) trooper. (An in depth look at two of the most widely used expletives in French language).
What it means, and why you should know it.
Revisiting this old expression.
Confused? Don’t be.
It’s not what it looks like.