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Le Nouvel An – Advanced French

Le Nouvel An - Advanced French


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Le nouvel an – Advanced French – New Year – Learn French with Anne’s AUDIO.

France et son oncle Hugo parlent de ce qu’ils vont faire pour le nouvel an. Écoutez ce qu’ils ont prévu.

France and her uncle Hugo are talking about plans for New Year’s eve. Listen to what they have planned for themselves.

In the companion worksheet – 13 pages

  • text
  • translation
  • what’s le réveillon, New Year’s eve’s party and the New Year in France
  • recipe for an île flottante, a traditional French dessert for the New Year
  • negative command forms
  • the gender of adjectives - why do you say ‘nouvel an’ and not ‘nouveau an
  • practice and answers on all of the above

Text excerpt – transcribe the whole text and check your answers

Le nouvel an

F. Tu fais quoi au nouvel an, Tonton Hugo ?

H. On fait le réveillon chez des copains. Je m’occupe du dessert. L’année dernière, il y avait une omelette norvégienne en dessert…

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Related: New Year terms . Command forms . Gender of Adjectives . QUAND MÊME .

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les voeux – French expression

les voeux - French expression

meilleurs vœux, learn french, french podcast, french online, french, français, francaisWhat does the French expression ' voeux ' - or ' voeux ' mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

les vœux - the wishes. The expression often refers to New Year's greetings. French people prefer to send New Year’s greeting cards in January rather than season’s greetings cards at the end of the year. The card generally only says “Bonne année et bonne santé” - Happy New Year and good health - there is no letter with it. It has a signature at the bottom. Just that.

  • « Je [ne] peux pas venir cet aprème car j'écris mes vœux. »
  • "I cant' come this afternoon because I'm writing my New Year's cards."

Related: About the New Year . New Year Vocabulary . Celebrating the New Year in France . Vocabulary Test . Culture Test . les vœux on FH .

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Bonne et Heureuse Année – French New Year Pop Song

Bonne et Heureuse Année - French New Year Pop Song

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Bonne année et bonne santé !

Bonne et Heureuse Année - What do French people sing for the new year? What does it sound like? Listen to Anne and learn more French with her worksheet.

Les Français n'ont pas de « chanson pour le Nouvel An ». Je pense qu’après avoir fait la fête si longtemps, il n'y a pas plus d'énergie pour le chant. Cependant, je vous invite à écouter cette adorable chanson très gaie, chantée par « Les Enfantastiques » et écrite par Jean Nô.

The French don’t have a ‘song for the New Year’. I guess after partying for so long, there is no more energy for singing. However, I invite you to listen to this adorable song with a cheerful slant and a positive outlook. It’s sung by ‘Les Enfantastiques’ – the Childrentastics, and written by Jean Nô.

In the companion worksheet – 9 pages

  • whole song
  • translation
  • celebrating the new year in France
  • New Year vocabulary
  • French negative command forms
  • practice on all of the above

Song excerpt – challenge yourself – transcribe the lyrics

Bonne et heureuse année

Bonne et heureuse année

Un nouveau millésime enfin est né

Cinquante deux semaines qui font envie

Quatre saisons pour aimer la vie

Bonne et heureuse année

Jetons les feuilles d'agenda fanées

Cueillons dès maintenant comme pour offrir

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Related : Les Enfantastiques . New Year Vocabulary . Expressions with numbers . Test your French command forms . Negative commands .



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heureux comme un roi, happy as a clam

heureux comme un roi - French expression


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What does the French expression " heureux comme un roi " mean? What does it sound like? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

heureux comme un roi. heureux means happy and, un roi is a king. heureux comme un roi means 'as happy as a clam, couldn't be happier'. Two similar expressions come to my mind: heureux comme un pape - as happy as a pope - and heureux comme un loir - as happy as a dormouse (a squirrelly-looking mouse). Why is it a clam in English? I'm not not sure. I've also heard 'happy as Larry'. This expression, weirdly enough, is not used in its feminine form. I never hear 'heureuse comme une reine'.

  • « T'as eu des nouvelles d'Henri en France ? Il est heureux comme un roi en Bourgogne. »
  • "Have you heard from Henri in France? He's as happy as a clam (He couldn't be happier) in Burgundy. "

Related: Pronunciation /R/ . Galette des Rois . French kings . January 6 traditions . French queens .


Réveillon au Champ – French dictation

Réveillon au Champ - French dictation

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French dictation – DICTEE « Réveillon au Champ » – “ New Year’s Eve with Champagne ”– French dictation with Anne.


Réveillon au Champ

Cette année, on met les petits plats dans les grands : on réveillonne tout au champagne - de l’apéro au dessert.


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Related: Champagne . New Year's terms . DE vs. DES . CELA, demonstrative pronouns . Punctuation you hear during the dictée . Other dictations .


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la fève – French expression

la fève - French expression

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fèves pour la galette des rois

What does the French word ' FEVE '  mean? What does it sound like? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

la fève. une fève is a fava bean, or a broad bean. However LA fève, with the definite article LA means the lucky charm, lucky bean that you find in the galette des rois traditionally on January 6. The tradition is so popular in France that pâtisseries sell the galette des rois throughout the whole month of January. My friend Corinne has her birthday on January 22 and she always has a galette des rois - with la fève - for her birthday cake. La fève is a little figurine made out of ceramics, glass, plastic, or even diamond!

  • « J'ai eu la fève ! Je suis la reine ! »
  • "I got the lucky charm! I'm the queen!"


présent : j'ai la fève, nous avons la fève

passé composé : j'ai eu la fève, nous avons eu la fève

futur : j'aurai la fève, nous aurons la fève

Related: More on January 6 traditions, the King’s cake tradition .


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