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la langue de bois – French expression

la langue de bois - French expression

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What does the French expression ‘la langue de bois’ mean? How is it used in a sentence?

La langue de bois - the tongue of wood. la langue de bois is often used with 'pratiquer' (regular ER verb, conjugated like AIMER is). It's used mostly in politics and it means to doublespeak, to talk out of both sides of one's mouth.

  • « Chuis vénère, elle évite toujours la vérité et ne répond jamais aux questions. C'est toujours la langue de bois avec elle et on n'arrive jamais à rien. »
  • "I'm really irritated, she always avoids the truth and never answers questions. Everything she says is just pure talking out of both sides of her mouth and we can never get anywhere."

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Élections américaines

Élections américaines

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Élections américaines - US elections - The French reaction

Séisme aux États-Unis avec Trump-  Tsunami in the States with Trump

How are the French reacting to the result of the American presidential elections? - listen, read, understand the whole video transcribed in this course. Enroll in the course and click in this lesson. You can also hear it in slow French in the same lesson.


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French near past – venir de + infinitif

French near past - venir de + infinitif

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Ils venaient d'avoir 18 ans.

How do you say "I just did" - What's 'venir de + infinitif' ? - just have, just had -- The near past or recent past

The expression ‘VENIR DE + infinitive verb’ expresses the notion of just did something, had just done something. It’s used when two actions happened in sequence, one very close to the other. It’s called the passé proche – near past, or recent past in English.

  • ‘VENIR DE’ may be in the present tense. It expresses the idea of ‘just did something’ or ‘just have done something’.
    • Je viens de manger => I just ate or I have just eaten

Practice

To practice your knowledge of the near past, translate the following sentences into English.

  1. Je viens de réparer le carburateur.
  2. Tu viens de découvrir la ville.
  3. Elle vient d’avoir son diplôme.

More challenging practice

To practice your knowledge of the near past, translate the following sentences into French.

  1. I just repaired the carburetor.
  2. You just discovered the town.
  3. She just got her degree.

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Débat présidentiel – Fill in the blanks

Débat présidentiel - Fill in the blanks

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Listen to the video or the AUDIO below and fill in the blanks with (or without for more challenge) the words provided.

 

Banque des mots: candidats, convaincre, débat, débattent, ligne, Maison, présidence, scrutin

 

C'est la dernière __________ droite de la course à la __________ Blanche. Les deux __________ à la __________ des Etats-Unis __________ pour la dernière fois avant le __________ du 6 novembre.
C'est leur dernière opportunité pour __________ les indécis.
Ne manquez pas le __________ Obama-Romney, en direct, sur FRANCE 24.

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entre guillemets – French expression

entre guillemets - French expression

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What does the French expressionentre guillemets ' mean? How is it used in a sentence?

entre guillemets –between quotation marks – entre guillemets means ‘quote unquote’ if you are quoting someone, or doing a dictation as we love to do once a week at FRENCH ETC. But entre guillemets also means ‘as it were’ or ‘if I may say’.

  • « Ce candidat n’avait aucune chance de gagner aux élections. Il a été complètement ignoré – entre guillemets – de la presse. »
  • “This candidate had no chance whatsoever to win the elections. He was totally ignored – if I may say – in the media.“

Related:  Voting vocabulary . French Electoral System . Test . French Politics .

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Mots croisés sur les techniques culinaires – Crossword puzzle about French cooking techniques

Mots croisés sur les techniques culinaires

Crossword puzzle about cooking techniques in French

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Related: French food terms . Expressions with food . Cooking verbs . Funny French cooking terms .

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