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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.

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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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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!"

Conjugaisons

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

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les étrennes – French expression

les étrennes - French expression

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la tirelire

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

les étrennes – New Year's gift. Traditionally, grand parents, uncles and aunts give little ones leurs étrennes, their New Year’s gift. It is often an envelope with a Euro or two. Étrennes are also given to the local post(wo)man and fire(wo)man, who come to the door in December to sell a calendar, often featuring a kitten or a snowy landscape on the front page. The proceeds go to their charity organization.

  • « Il met toutes ses étrennes dans sa tirelire. »
    • “He puts all of his New Year's gifts in his piggy bank.”

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Bonne année et bonne santé ! – Happy New Year!

Bonne année et bonne santé !

Happy New Year!

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How do you say ‘ Happy New Year ’ in French? How do you pronounce it? Listen to Anne.

Bonne année et bonne santé !

That's the traditional way of wishing a Happy New Year in French: 'Good year and good health'

  • 'Bonne et heureuse année !' (listen to the song)
  • 'Meilleurs vœux'
  • 'Je vous souhaite plein de bonnes choses pour l'année à venir'
  • 'Que l'année à venir soit remplie de bonheur et de joie

Yet, the most common way remains the one using the verb SOUHAITER - to wish, leaving out the English NEW.

  • « Je vous souhaite une bonne année et une bonne santé ! »
  • "I wish you a happy New Year! "

Conjugaisons

  • present tense of -ER verbs: je vous souhaite, nous vous souhaitons
  • passé composé and imparfait: je vous ai souhaité, nous vous avons souhaité - je vous souhaitais, nous vous souhaitions
  • future tense: je vous souhaiterai, nous vous souhaiterons

Merci à tous de votre fidélité depuis 2007 !

Thank you for learning French with me since 2007!

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sabrer le Champagne – French expression

sabrer le Champagne - French expression

learn french, french podcast, french online, french, français, francaisWhat does the French expression ‘ sabrer le champagne ‘ mean? What does it sound like? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s Audio.

sabrer le Champagne, to saber a bottle of Champagne, to open it with a saber. It's quite thrilling, and yet, surprisingly easy. All you need is a sharp knife - or a spoon, nobody around you, and you have to want to giggle a lot. Watch the video below and try it yourself. The expression, which dates from the Napoleon era, has evolved to just mean to celebrate with Champagne wine.

  • « Tu as eu ton diplôme, on va sabrer le Champagne ! »
  • "You got your degree, let's celebrate (let's saber the Champagne)!"

French tenses and modes

présent : je sabre le Champagne, nous sabrons le Champagne

imparfait : je sabrais le Champagne, nous sabrions le Champagne

Command forms: Sabre le Champagne ! Sabrez le Champagne !

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cotillons, confetti and noise makers

cotillons, confetti and noise makers

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cotillons

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

The word cotillon is an old word that used to mean a petticoat, or raggedy skirts poor women would wear in the old days. Today, it's often plural les cotillons, and it means sets of noise-makers, confetti and streamers you get when you go to a silly party.

  • « Eh, tu prendras les cotillons pour le réveillon du nouvel an? »
  • "Hey, will you get the noise-makers and streamers for the New Year's party?"

Note: 'le réveillon' is a special word for either Christmas or the New Year's eve party in France.

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