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Thanksgiving Vocabulary – Today’s French at French Hour

Thanksgiving Vocabulary – Today’s French

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La journée d’action de grâce – Vocabulaire – Le français d’aujourd’hui

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I realize not every one celebrates Thanksgiving. The French certainly don’t. But wait! Don’t go away. This material applies to many other contexts and you can still learn from this lesson. Check your knowledge with this fun quiz.

Mini list about Thanksgiving

  1. corn …. m …. maïs
  2. cranberry …. f …. canneberge, airelle
  3. grateful, thankful …. m/f …. reconnaissant/e
  4. guest …. m/f …. invité/e
  5. holiday (day) …. m/f …. férié/e, jour férié
  6. horn of plenty …. f …. corne d’abondance
  7. Native American …. m/f …. Amérindien/ne
  8. Thanksgiving (day) …. m/f …. jour, journée d’action de grâce
  9. turkey …. f …. dinde
  10. yam …. f …. igname

Mini Quiz - Thanksgiving Vocabulary - Longer and Interactive here

Choisissez la bonne réponse. Pick the right answer.

 

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normalement is an adverb and can be translated as ‘normally, usually’. In everyday French though, normalement can mean, ‘if everything goes well’, and it’s often used with a conditional verb such as ‘it should’.

  • «Normalement, le temps devrait être au beau fixe demain. »
    • “If everything goes well, the weather should be consistently sunny tomorrow.”
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DONT – Pronom Relatif – Le français d’aujourd’hui

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DONT = whose, about whom, about which, of whom, of which

Translate the sentences from one column to another. From French to English (la version) is easier, from English to French (la thèse) a bit more challenging.

French to English

  1. La feuille dont j’ai besoin est sur ton bureau.
  2. Le livre dont je parle est trop cher.
  3. La femme dont le frère est garagiste est dans ton bureau.

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Armistice Day – Be the last one standing!

If you were listening to French news these last few days, you’d hear segments about Armistice.

What is Armistice ? Armistice is celebrated each year on November 11 and it commemorates the end of the First World War. This year is a particularly big one, as it’s the 100th anniversary. And President Macron, as usual, is making the buzz by speaking his mind, going to places no president as gone before literally and figuratively.

In any case, this week, as I’m reflecting upon the First World War and its implication in modern life – my great-grandfather disappeared in it, it also made me think about this analogy between war and learning a language, if you’ll allow me the metaphor.

Sometimes, I find that learning French is a bit like being on a battlefield: you’re fighting for your ideals, your linguistic ideal being becoming bilingual.

Unfortunately, weapons loaded with bullets to the nth degree are hitting you right and left :

  • bullet #1: you’ve been studying for months now and you feel you’re not going to make it.
  • bullet #2: you have no time to study, why bother?
  • bullet #3: you’ve already learned that darned subjunctive mode twice already, but somehow, you can’t remembered it still.
  • bullet #4: you’re pretty advanced but you still can’t understand authentic French.

I could go on and on with the number of bullets – i.e. hurdles – one may encounter in their learning French journey.

And I have a cure for every bullet:

  • bullet #1: find a French teacher who will be able to guide you towards your next step in learning French
  • bullet #2: do only 5 minutes a day, listen to a podcast as you walk the dog, pick a short exercise to do each day
  • bullet #3: don’t be afraid to revisit the same topic many times – every day the first week you learn it, then twice a week for 2 weeks, then twice a month, and then again once in a while. Even though you’ve “learned” that, your brains aren’t going to be able to retain it but after many repetitions.
  • bullet #4: Study with my Authentic French courses: The easiest exercise is probably the Step Dictation. I created that type of practice to lower the authentic French level to an intermediate learner.

So, don’t let the enemy win and be the last one standing: partly immerse yourself by taking weekly classes or come with me for a week of Fun and French in the spring. There are 4 spots left in April and in May.

In the meantime, take this quiz and see if you’re a good candidate to learn French, and if you’ll be the last one standing against the adversities of learning French.

Quiz - Am I ready to learn French? - This quiz is much longer and interactive at FrenchHour.

You’re not sure you’re ready to learn French ? This quiz is going to ask you several yes-or-no questions. Check out the percentage you get after you submit your answers and see if you're ready to learn French. ----- Voyons si vous êtes vraiment prêt/e à apprendre le français. Répondez honnêtement aux questions par OUI ou NON. Selon le résultat, vous saurez ainsi à la fin si vous êtes prêt à parler français couramment ou non.

  • My days are too busy, however:
  • If I thought that the price of the class reflects the quality of the teaching, I would do French.
  • If I could find a qualified teacher able to guide me to the next step,
  • If I found a class with nice people

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depressing thoughts – French expression

What does ” des idées noires ” mean? How do you say ‘ depressing thoughts ’ in French? How is it pronounced? How is it used in a French sentence? Listen to Anne, a French native say it at FrenchHour.com.

des idées noires – some ideas black. In today’s French, des idées noires is used mainly with 2 verbs: AVOIR (to have) and BROYER (to grind, to crush).

I’d say that

  • AVOIR des idées noires means ‘to have depressing thoughts’,
  • BROYER des idées noires means ‘to brood ‘.

Try using this expression at least 2 times today.

« La Toussaint lui fait avoir des idées noires. »

“All Saint’s Day makes her/him have depressing thoughts.”

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Halloween ou La Toussaint ? – Quiz – Today’s French at French Hour

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Halloween ou La Toussaint ? – Interro – Le français d’aujourd’hui

What are the differences between Halloween and La Toussaint? Practice with Anne. Download the audio file and print this page. Learn French and listen to Anne, a French native, say it at FrenchHour.com

Halloween is celebrated in anglophone countries. Today is November 1st, and it’s All Saints’ Day that the French celebrate. I remember, when I was a young girl, having to go to the cemetery and put chrysanthemums on the graves of my great-grandparents, my grandparents, and close or distant cousins. For me it was a sad and boring chore. I envy children who have so much fun on Halloween 🙂

Learn what the differences between Halloween and La Toussaint are by taking this quiz.

Halloween est fêtée dans les pays anglophones. Aujourd’hui, le 1 novembre, c’est la Toussaint que les Français célèbrent. Je me souviens, quand j’étais jeune, d’avoir à aller au cimetière et de mettre des chrysanthèmes sur les tombes de mes arrière-grands-parents, de mes grands-parents, des cousins proches ou éloignés. Pour moi, c’était une corvée triste et ennuyeuse. J’envie les enfants qui s’amusent tant à Halloween 🙂

Découvrez les différences entre Halloween et La Toussaint en répondant à cette interro.

Quiz - Halloween ou La Toussaint ? It's longer and interactive at FrenchHour.com

In this quiz, you'll learn about the differences between Halloween and La Toussaint. -- Apprenez les différences entre Halloween et La Toussaint.

  • All Saints' Day is not a national holiday. -- Visit more at French National Holidays
  • Children say the rhyme "Trick-or-treat" on All Saint’s Day. -- Visit more at Trick-or-Treat in French
  • À Halloween, les enfants portent des costumes.
    On Halloween, children wear costumes.
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