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un petit bout de femme – French expression

un petit bout de femme - French expression

What does the French expression ' un petit bout de femme ' mean? What does it sound like? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

un petit bout de femme is used to describe a slender woman, ‘a (little) slip of a woman’. It’s not derogatory at all to say ‘un petit bout de femme’, it’s more of an endearing term. Actually, you can also say un petit bout to talk about a cute little child.

  • « Les chansons d’Edith Piaf sont très puissantes. Pourtant, c’était un petit bout de femme. »
  • “Edith Piaf’s songs are very powerful. Yet, she was a little slip of a woman.”

Related: Edith Piaf .

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day in and day out

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  1. l’avant-veille = the day before the day before
  2. la veille = the day before
  3. le jour même = this day
  4. le lendemain = the day after
  5. le surlendemain = the day after the day after
  6. jour après jour, tous les jours, constamment = day in and day out

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  1. avant-hier = the day before yesterday
  2. hier = yesterday
  3. aujourd’hui = today
  4. demain = tomorrow
  5. après-demain = the day after tomorrow

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  1. ce matin = this morning
  2. cet après-midi = this afternoon
  3. ce soir = tonight (evening)
  4. cette nuit = tonight (night)
  5. demain matin = tomorrow morning
  6. hier soir = last night

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faire un carton – French expression

faire un carton - French expression

What does the French expression ‘ faire un carton ’ mean? How is it used in a sentence?

faire un carton - to make a cardboard. faire un carton means 'to be a real success', 'to nail it'.

  • « Le bouquin est en tête de gondole. Il fait un carton. »
  • " The book is at the aisle-end display. It's a real success."
    • J'ai fait un carton l'autre jour au foot.
    • I was on a roll the other day at soccer.

Related: FAIRE . Expressions with FAIRE .

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trois plombes – French expression

trois plombes - French expression

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

une plombe is familiar French for une  heure - an hour. Sometimes, it's used with another number - often three for some reason, and then it means "a long long time, forever."

  • « Il y a trois plombes qu'on t'attend. Le train va partir. »
  • « Ça fait trois plombes qu'on t'attend. Le train va partir. »
  • "We've been waiting for you for ever. The train is about to leave."

Tenses and Modes

présent : ça fait trois plombes qu'on t'attend - il y a trois plombes qu'on t'attend

imparfait : ça faisait trois plombes qu'on t'attendait - il y avait trois plombes qu'on t'attendait

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kiffer grave – French expression

kiffer grave - French expression

Kiffer grave

French lover's bridge in Paris

What does the French expression 'kiffer grave' mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's AUDIO

Kiffer grave - to have a serious crush on

One of our listeners was asking how to say 'to have a crush on'. There are many ways of saying this in everyday French. One that I hear a lot these days, is 'kiffer grave'. It means 'to really like/love someone or something', and 'to have a serious crush on'. KIFFER is a regular -ER verb. It's conjugated like AIMER is.

Other ways of saying 'to have a crush on' are: être amoureux/euse de, kiffer/grave, être fou/folle de, être épris/e de, en pincer pour, être toqué/e de, s’être entiché/e de, être transi, avoir le béguin pour (old), craquer pour, flasher pour/sur, avoir fait une touche avec, avoir pécho

  • « Il sort avec elle depuis le début de l'année. Il la kiffe grave. »
  •  “He's been going out with her since the beginning of the year. He has a serious crush on her.”

Tenses and Modes in French

présent : il la kiffe grave

imparfait : il la kiffait grave

futur : il la kiffera grave

Related: Verlan slang . Kiffer . Verb with the preposition DE . DEPUIS - since or for . AIMER

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De retour ! – I’m back!

De retour ! - I'm back!

Happy Valentine's Day !

Believe it or not, I've been locked out of FE, my own site for about 2 weeks now. But I'm back, yay! As Nathan was trying to sort that mess out, I have been busy on French Hour though.

And, as it's Valentine's Day, I have been focusing on love - awwww.  Look at this picture of my granddaughter who just found her first love.

Check out "La vie en rose", this famous love song by Edith Piaf. Also see this quiz on love terms in French.

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