Oui, c’est ça!

A blog for learning French, and having fun along the way : lessons, cartoons, songs and more…

J’ai failli…

  Faillir   This verb is almost always used in its participle form: failli /fah yee/ (LISTEN) *Right click and open link in new tab. And because it is used with “avoir”, its spelling never changes: (LISTEN) *Right click and...

Song: Le feu de chaque jour

Today’s song is from Quebec singer songwriter Patrice Michaud, Le feu de chaque jour. Lyrics below. Paroles Pendant que (While) l’hiver ouvre nos lèvres (lips) Tu tiens mes yeux comme un feu de grève (beach fire) Je rêve des soirs...

Song: Une fois pour de bon

This is a fantastic song by Quebecois singer Cindy Daniel about women’s freedom, power, and emancipation. The video was shot in beautiful Morocco, where I recently lived myself for two years.   Note the change of tense in the lyrics, at...

Song: Tous les mêmes

This latest song features Stromae fleetingly as a woman,  and speaking cliché statements deceived wives often make about their “unreliable” husbands. The lines are those of a domestic argument. But the chorus ends on these words:...

Expression: Si c’est pas

Enter somewhere French, or meet French people by chance, and you’ll be greated in this fashion: “Tiens! Si c’est pas (put your name here)!” Tiens! /tyein/ (LISTEN) comes from tenir (to hold) in the imperative, but it is...

BD du jour: Tonton Bruno et cie

From Lamisseb: (Note to PC users: make text appear bigger by keeping th Ctrl key down while rolling mouse wheel forward). Tonton Bruno Vocabulary  tonton: Children’s word for uncle. coucou: friendly hello hein?: what? bah: oh, well si: means...

BD du jour: papiers?

What is a “sans papiers”? Sans papiers /song pah pee yay/ (LISTEN) is the French term for illegal aliens. (Un sans papiers, des sans papiers…) It comes from the word “papiers” meaning i.d. or passport (just...

Test Your French!

Here is a cool game to play if you have a minute. How much French do you know? Marc Oddou’s Jeu-test en français gives you one minute to make as many correct hits as possible. Each false move costs you 5 seconds.   How it...

BD du jour: A Sweet Message

A piece and lovely post from illustrator and cartoonist Pacco for you this morning. Excellent for reviewing your Future tense. Vocabulary below. Vocabulary en partance: departing à travers: through un rire: a laughter une peine: a...