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en fanfare – French expression

en fanfare

La fanfare se repose.

What does the French expression ‘en fanfare’ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s audio.

en fanfare – in band. une fanfare is a marching band. en fanfare means with lots of noise and uproar, spectacularly.

  • « Il a quitté la salle en fanfare et tout le monde l’a remarqué. »
  • "He left the room spectacularly, and everybody noticed him."

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frenchIndependence Day - Interro - How do you talk about Independence Day in French? What are the words about Bastille day? How do you pronounce them? Listen to Anne, a native speaker.

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French vocabulary – Fête nationale

La fête nationale - Independance Day

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  1. 3-day weekend .... m .... pont
  2. brass band, marching band .... f .... fanfare
  3. celebration .... f .... célébration
  4. fire cracker .... m .... pétard[1]
  5. fireworks .... m .... feu d’artifice
  6. flag .... m .... drapeau
  7. independence day .... f .... fête nationale
  8. national anthem .... m .... hymne national[2]
  9. parade .... m .... défilé
  10. patriotic .... m/f .... patriotique
  11. picnic .... m .... pique-nique
  12. red, white and blue .... m/f .... bleu-blanc-rouge
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[1] pétard also mean joint, reefer in French

[2] the French national anthem is La Marseillaise

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Practice expressions with TOUR

Practice expressions with TOUR

expressions avec tourPractice expressions with TOUR. Learn French with Anne's AUDIO.

Practice expressions with TOUR

Practice expressions with TOUR- The word TOUR means different things and is used in many different expressions. Review the expressions here.

Le mot TOUR veut dire beaucoup de choses et s’utilise dans de nombreuses expressions. Révisez les expressions ici.

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attend son tour, faire un tour, tour du cadran

  1. Elle _______________________ dans la salle d’attente du dentiste.
  2. On a travaillé toute la journée, on a carrément fait le _______________________.
  3. Ils sont partis _______________________ en ville.

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  1. Elle attend son tour dans la salle d’attente du dentiste.
  2. On a travaillé toute la journée, on a carrément fait le tour du cadran.
  3. Ils sont partis faire un tour en ville.
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La canicule et les personnes âgées – Tel Quel

La canicule et les personnes âgées - Tel Quel

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La canicule et les personnes âgées

La canicule et les personnes âgées – Français Tel Quel – Learn French with Anne

It’s hot hot hot in France these days. Let’s hear about the heat wave and taking care of the elderly in this newsreel.

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La canicule et les personnes âgées

Dans le sud-ouest, la chaleur, on connaît. Mais ce week-end, c’est la canicule qui s’annonce avec des températures autour de 40 degrés. Alors, dans cette maison de retraite où vit la population la plus vulnérable, on...

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élève ou étudiant – French expression

ELEVE ou ETUDIANT

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Doit-on dire ELEVE ou ETUDIANT ? Should you say ELEVE or ETUDIANT? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's AUDIO

un/e élève is someone who goes to a school. un/e étudiant/e is someone who goes to a university - la fac. It is confusing because in English, you may easily hear the word 'student' not necessarily applying to a university. For instance, you can hear: my father is a student at FRENCH ETC. FRENCH ETC. is not a university, it's a school. So even if my father is 70 years old, that sentence may not be: mon père est étudiant à FRENCH ETC. Instead, in French it is: Mon père est élève à FRENCH ETC.

  • « J'emmène mes enfants en cours. Mon fils de 19 ans est étudiant à la fac et ma fille de 13 ans est élève à l'école Jacques Prévert. »
  • "I'm bringing my children to school. My 19 year-old son is a student at the university and my 13 year-old daughter goes to Jacques Prévert school."
  • Collège - Middle-school - 12-15 ans - élève
  • Lycée - High-school - 15-18 ans - élève
  • Fac - University - 18 ans+ - étudiant/e
  • École comme FRENCH ETC. - School such as FRENCH ETC. - 3-99 ans - élève

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