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gauche caviar – French expression

gauche caviar - French expression

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gauche caviar

What does the French expression ‘ gauche caviar ‘ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

la gauche caviar - the left caviar. la gauche describes the left wing of the French Parliament and all the liberals in general. The expression la gauche caviar is slightly derogatory and underlines the paradox between being a liberal - often a socialist in France - and still having a privileged and cozy way of life. I've heard a limousine liberal in English.

I love Colin's translation of 'a champagne socialist'. Thank you, Colin.

  • « Comment veux-tu qu'elle comprenne ce que les SDF vivent ? Elle a deux maisons de campagne. Elle est une gauche caviar. »
  • "How do you suspect she could understand what the homeless are going through? She owns two vacation houses. She's a limousine liberal."

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être en reste – French expression

être en reste - French expression

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Garder les enfants

What does ‘ être en reste ’ mean in French? How do you pronounce it? Listen to Anne.

être en reste to be in leftovers means 'to owe something' - often a favor rather than money - to someone, to feel indebted. être en reste is often used in the negative: ne pas être en reste - who wants to be in leftovers anyway?

I don't want to owe you one

  • « D'accord, je te garde ton fils ce soir, je ne voudrais pas être en reste avec toi. »
  • "Sure, I'll take care of your son tonight. I don't want to feel indebted anymore."

Tenses and modes

présent : je suis en reste, nous sommes en reste

imparfait : j'étais en reste, nous étions en reste

present subjunctive: que je sois en reste, que nous soyons en reste

2 other expressions with reste: '

avoir de beaux restes': to be nice looking even after a certain age, to be well preserved still

'partir sans demander son reste': to leave without further ado

Related: Food, etc. . From newborn to old age terms .

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Try using this expression today and hear it in its negative form on FH

 

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9 rennes – 9 reindeer

9 rennes - 9 reindeer

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Rudolph?

9 rennes - 9 reindeer - What names have Santa's reindeer in French? 'Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer' and 'Now Dasher! Now Dancer!' lyrics in French.

Les neuf rennes du Père Noël.

  1. Fonceur .... Dasher
  2. Danseur .... Dancer
  3. Sauteur .... Prancer
  4. Fripponne .... Vixen
  5. Comète .... Comet
  6. Cupidonne .... Cupid
  7. Tonnerre .... Donner
  8. Éclair .... Blitzen
  9. Rodolphe .... Rudolph

Rodolphe, le renne au nez rouge - Traduit par Anne Guével ©2009 FRENCH ETC.

Rudolph, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Johnny Marks (1949)

Voyez Fonceur et Danseur et --- You know Dasher and Dancer

Sauteur et Friponne --- And Prancer and Vixen,

Comète, Cupidonne --- Comet and Cupid

Tonnerre, Éclair, mais --- And Donner and Blitzen.

Vous souvenez-vous --- But do you recall

Du plus célèbre de tous ? --- The most famous reindeer of all?

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Related: Anne sings Rudolphe on FH, oh là là ! Marché de Noël . Joyeux Noël course on FH . Christmas terms . rênes ou rennes . Nine reindeer . T’was the night before Christmas in French at FH . Christmas in France  . 

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Joyeux Noël ! Merry Christmas!

Joyeux Noël ! Merry Christmas!

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Joyeux Noël !

How do you say 'Merry Christmas' in French? How do you pronounce it? Listen to Anne.

The way French people say Merry Christmas is Joyeux Noël. Joyeux means merry or cheerful. Its feminine form is joyeuse.

  • « Je vous souhaite un Joyeux Noël ! »
  • "I wish you a Merry Christmas!"

Conjugaisons

  • indicatif présent : Je vous souhaite un joyeux noël ! I wish you a merry Christmas!
  • imparfait : Je vous souhaitais un joyeux noël ! I used to wish you a merry Christmas!
  • Command Forms: Souhaite-moi un joyeux noël ! Wish me a merry Christmas!

And that's what I'm wishing you - un joyeux noël - if you celebrate Christmas.

Related on FH: Marché de Noël à Strasbourg . Anne sings Rudolph, oh boy! .

Related on FE: Christmas terms . rênes ou rennes . Nine reindeer . T’was the night before Christmas in French  . Christmas in France  . Vocabulary Game . Test . Flashcards .

 

 

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croire au Père Noël – French expression

croire au Père Noël - French expression

What does the expression ' croire au père noël ' mean in French? How do you pronounce it? Listen to Anne.

croire au Père Noël- to believe in Santa Claus. The expression means to be gullible. It means that there is no way it's going to happen. In English, I would translate it as 'Yeah, right.' or 'In your dreams.' Let me know if you know of another expression.

  • « - Tu as encore joué au loto aujourd'hui. Tu crois que tu vas gagner des millions. Tu crois vraiment au Père Noël. »
  • "- You played the lottery again today. You think you're going to win millions. In your dreams."

Tenses and modes

présent : je crois au Père Noël, nous croyons au Père Noël

passé composé : j'ai cru au Père Noël, nous avons cru au Père Noël

futur : je croirai au Père Noël, nous croirons au Père Noël

Related: Marché de Noël . Joyeux Noël course on FH . Christmas terms . rênes ou rennes . Nine reindeer . T’was the night before Christmas in French at FH . Christmas in France  . Vocabulary Game . Test . Flashcards .

 

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French Vocabulary

Hanoukah in French

Hannukah - French Vocabulary

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Joyeuses fêtes de Hanoukah - Happy Hanukkah

How do you speak about Hanoukah - Hannukah in French? What are the words to talk about hannukah? Learn French terms related to this annual Jewish celebration.

Hanoukah (Hanoucca, Hanoukka…) est la Fête des Lumières dans la religion juive. Voici 15 termes sur cette fête :

Light festival f fête des lumières
blessing f bénédiction
candle f bougie
cruse of oil f fiole d’huile
door f porte
dreidel f toupie
gelt m sou en chocolat
kosher ø casher
menorah f menorah
miracle m miracle
sunset m coucher du soleil
temple m temple
to light ø allumer
Torah f Torah
window f fenêtre
yarmulke f kippa

Et la nourriture, bien sûr :

latke m latke
apple f pomme
apple sauce f compote de pommes
butter m beurre
dairy product m produit laitier
doughnut m beignet
egg m œuf, œufs
fried f/m frit/e
jelly f confiture
milk m lait
oil f huile
olive oil f huile d’olive
onion m oignon
pancake (French) f galette
potato f pomme de terre
sour cream f crème fraîche (anglo-saxonne), crème aigre
sufganiyah m sufganivot ou soufganiya
to bake ø mettre au four, enfourner
to fry ø frire
unleavened bread m pain azyme

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