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à la belle étoile – French expression

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à la belle étoile - French expression

à la belle étoile — under the stars — Mot du Jour

à la belle étoile – at the beautiful star. And just like in English, une étoile is a star in the sky and in the movies. In everyday French, à la belle étoile means ‘outside’, ‘out in the open’, ‘under the stars’. This expression is often used with the verb COUCHER, to sleep.

  • « Les enfants sont tout contents, car ils vont coucher dans le champ, à la belle étoile. »
    • “The children are very happy, for they are going to sleep in the field, under the stars.”
French verbs – Tenses and Modes

présent : nous couchons à la belle étoile

passé composé : nous avons couché à la belle étoile

imparfait : nous couchions à la belle étoile

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ne pas voir en peinture – French expression

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ne pas voir en peinture — can’t stand — Mot du Jour

ne pas voir en peinture – to not see in painting. In everyday French, ne pas voir en peinture means to not be able to stand, I can’t stand, I hate the sight of…

  • « J’ai hâte de déménager. J’peux plus voir cette maison en peinture. »
    • “I can’t wait to move. I can’t stand this house anymore.”
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faire le mur – French expression

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faire le mur -- to sneak out -- Mot du Jour

faire le mur – to do the wall, faire le mur means to escape, to sneak out of a place. This expression is mostly used with teenagers sneaking out when parents don't realize it.

The expression ‘faire le mur’ is also the name of a yearly movie event that takes place in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival. It’s called ‘Cannes fait le mur’ - ‘The Cannes Film Festival does the wall’. It’s a spectacular event presenting huge photographs hanging on high building walls throughout town. It’s really impressive. I hope you get to visit Cannes during 'Cannes fait le mur’.

  • « La maison qu'ils ont achetée est vraiment faite pour que les enfants puisse faire le mur. »
    • "The house they bought makes it easy for their children to sneak out."

French verbs - Tenses and Modes

présent : je fais le mur

imparfait : je faisais le mur

present subjunctive: que je fasse le mur

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un navet – French expression

un navet - French expression

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What does the French expression ‘un navet’ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne at FH.

un navet — a flop -- Mot du Jour

un navet – a turnip. In everyday French, un navet is also used to describe a bad movie, a flop.

  • « C’est vraiment dommage que ce film n’ait pas marché car c’est loin d’être un navet. »
    • “It is a pity that people didn’t like this movie because it’s far from being a flop.”
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ça vaut le coup – French expression

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la maison mère – French expression

la maison mère – the headquarters – Mot du Jour

la maison mère – the house mother.

In everyday French, la maison mère is the first branch  or the main location of a convent or of a company. la maison mère is ‘the main branch’, ‘the headquarters’ in English.

Don’t mix up mère, maire and mer.

  • « Il faudra envoyer le plat à la maison mère pour qu’ils le réparent. »
    • “You’ll have to send the dish back to the headquarters for them to repair it.”
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Telle mère telle fille – French expression

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Telle mère telle fille – the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – Mot du Jour

telle mère telle fille – such mother such daughter. In everyday French, telle mère telle fille means that a daughter looks or acts very much like her mother, ‘like mother, like daughter’, ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’. It’s a take on the French expression ‘tel père tel fils’.

  • « Oh là là ! Tu manges de la confiture de pêches au petit-déje ? Telle mère telle fille ! »
    • “What? You have peach jam for breakfast too? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
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