La Saint Valentin

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February 14th, Valentine’s Day, is almost worldwide, considered to be a day of romance; the day to celebrate your special Valentine, as if you wouldn’t do so everyday! It finds its origin in either the ancient Roman festival Lupercalia, kind of  spring cleansing…

La chandeleur (children)

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Children usually like La chandeleur. Maybe a good opportunity to make them play with the recipe. They can read it and then check their reading. Finally use the recipe to make crêpes and then eat them with friends and family. RECETTE DES CRÊPES RECETTE DES CRÊPES À COMPLETER…

La chandeleur

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Every year on the 2nd of February, la chandeleur (Candlemas, festa candelabrum in Latin), is celebrated in France. Originally Candlemas was Christian feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (40 days after Christmas) and feast of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus….

Faire le pont (2)

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La Toussaint (All Saints’ Day) is a public holiday in France. If Halloween (which means the eve of holy, so the 31st of October) is still a very marginal celebration, and mainly consumer orientated, the 1st of November, la Toussaint is Christian festival….

Halloween

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          Une araignée (n.f.):  a spider La citrouille (n.f.): a pumpkin La chauve-souris (n.f.): a bat La lanterne (n.f.): a lantern La nuit (n.f.): the night La sorcière (n.f.): a which La soupe (n.f.): the soup Le balai…

A la plage

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Summer activities: à la plage!       La mer: the sea L’eau (n.f): the water La plage: the beach Le coquillage: the sea shell Le sable: the sand La pelle: the shovel Le râteau: the rake Le seau: the bucket Le…

Tennis

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Summer activities: tennis!       Le tennis: tennis Un court: court Un filet: net Le couloir: tramline La ligne: line La raquette: racket La balle: ball Le tournoi: tournament Le match: match Un simple: singel Un double: dobble Un arbitre: referee…

Bleu, blanc, rouge

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Today, 14th of July, France celebrates its fête nationale, known as Bastille Day. Although it definitely makes sense to call it like this, in France nobody does. All kind of symbols are linked to that celebration: from the military parade on the…

Cours, court etc

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The Wimbledon tennis tournament is in full swing, tennis rackets and balls are on sale everywhere and the weather calls for outdoor activities. What about a game of tennis? “J’ai réservé un court de tennis cet après-midi à 14h”. If you hear this…

Vox populi*

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Alea iata est**: last week, on the 23rd of June (etymologically the month of juniores, young men, or maybe of Juno, goddess of the Roman empire), 52% of the Brits voted (from latin votum, wish), via (via, road) a referendum, to leave Europe. A word has even been…

Football

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      Football related word search.   Word list: ARBITRE: REFEREE BALLON: FOOTBALL BUT: GOAL CARTON: CARD JAUNE: YELLOW ; ROUGE: RED CHAMPIONS: CHAMPIONS CORNER : CORNER COUPE: CUP CRAMPONS: STUDS EQUIPE : TEAM FINALE: FINAL GARDIEN: GOAL KEEPER GRADINS: TIERS JOUEURS: PLAYERS…

Simple comme bonjour

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Greeting someone in French is not very difficult. One has two alternatives according to the time of the day: BONJOUR (literally good day!), for the morning and afternoon. Mind the pronunciation of the nasal vowel ‘on’ in bonjour which is different to ‘onne’…

Fraises!

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Even if one can get strawberries almost all year round, the best ones, the most enjoyable are those that have that spring savour, those that give a start kick to the Pimm’s season. No Pimm’s in France! (except for the stuff brought…

Faire le pont

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Today, le jeudi de l’Ascension (Ascension Thursday, Holy Thursday, or Ascension Day), is a christian holiday. As it is celebrated 40 days after Easter Sunday, it always falls on a Thursday and often in May, even if the date varies. It is a bank…

Un brin de bonheur

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May 1st (May Day) is known worldwide as Labour Day, la Fête du Travail. France also celebrates it with demonstrations, trade union parades and lilies of the valley. This little white flower is considered as a porte-bonheur (lucky charm): it actually works like that, as…

Vive la Reine!

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Joyeux anniversaire (Happy Birthday) is usually what you get for your birthday, but today something more royal is applicable. You certainly cannot wish happy birthday to the Queen in the same way you would wish it to your best friend or your child….