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à bonne école – French expression

à bonne école - French expression

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What does the French expression ‘ à bonne école ’ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s audio.

être à bonne école - to be at good school. être à bonne école means 'to be well taught', not necessarily at school, mind you. Just to have learn some skill with good, competent people.

  • « Oui, je suis "Meilleur Ouvrier de France", mais c'est parce que j'ai été à bonne école. Ce sont mes maîtres qui m'ont bien enseigné. »
  • “Yes, I'm 'Best French Artisan', but it's because I was well taught. My masters taught me well."

Related: ÊTRE . At school . School system . MOF .

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c’est la rentrée – French expression

c'est la rentrée - Back to school

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What does the French expression ‘ c'est la rentrée ’ mean? What do French people do for 'back to school'? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s audio.

c'est la rentrée - Il y a plusieurs ‘rentrées’ en France, en septembre et en octobre.

La rentrée scolaire, universitaire, littéraire, et parlementaire. Tout le monde retourne à la routine. Mais quand on dit ‘c’est la rentrée’, on parle de la rentrée des scolaires – de la  maternelle au lycée – début septembre. Tout le pays marche au rythme de la rentrée scolaire, quand les enfants sont occupés à l’école.

There are several 'rentrées’ in France, in September and October.

Schools, universities, new novels, and government. Everyone goes back to the daily grind. But when you hear ‘c’est la rentrée’, one refers to going back-to-school – from Kindergarten to high-school, at the beginning of September. The whole country is tuned on that ‘rentrée’, when kids are busy with school.

I must point out that France is pretty much on auto-pilot in August. All the major companies close down, people go on vacation. So, it’s a big deal when, at the start of the fall everybody goes back to school and work.

There is also the expression ‘à la rentrée’, which really means ‘in September’. – On verra ça à la rentrée – We’ll deal with this in September.

  • « En septembre, à FRENCH HOUR, c'est la rentrée. Il y a plein de nouveaux cours. »
  • “It's back to school at FRENCH HOUR in September . There’s  a whole bunch of new courses.”

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Check out this on FRENCH HOUR

Check out this on FRENCH HOUR

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Related: School terms . French school system . Graduation vocabulary . Months of the year .

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connaitre la musique – French expression

connaitre la musique – French expression

fetemusiqueWhat does the French expression ‘ connaitre la musique mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne

connaitre la musique – connaitre is "to know", la musique is "the music. connaitre la musique, "to know the music" means "know the ropes". Note that connaitre is spelled in 2 ways: connaitre and connaître.

  • « Je ne vais pas t’expliquer pas les règles, tu connais la musique. »
  • "I’m not going to explain the rules to you, you know the ropes."

Related: CONNAITRE vs. SAVOIR . Music vocabulary . Music expressions in French .

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Vacances pourries – French dictation

Dictée - Vacances pourries

Vacances pourries

DICTEE « Vacances pourries » – “ Rotten Vacation ”– French dictation with Anne.

Vacances pourries

Ça fait 2 semaines que nous sommes en vacances et la météo n’a toujours pas changé..

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Related: Punctuation you hear during the dictée . Vache qui pisse . Weather terms . What to do with a French dictation .

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de concert – French expression

de concert - French expression

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Les feuilles mortes, musique l Photo FRENCH HOUR

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

de concert – of concert. is the same thing as saying ‘ensemble’, it means ‘together’.

  • « Cette année, on ira de concert au bal du 14 juillet. »
  • "This year, we’ll go together to the Bastille Day dance."

Related: 14 juillet, Bastille DayMusic vocabulary . National holiday . La Marseillaise on FE or on FH .

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rien qui vaille – French expression

rien qui vaille - French expression

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La Tour Eiffel sous un ciel gris

What does the French expression ‘ rien qui vaille ’ mean? How is it used in a sentence?

rien qui vaille is used mostly with the verb ne rien dire - to say nothing. Ça ne me dit rien qui vaille - That tells me nothing that is worth - means that you have a bad feeling about something, you don't trust the source. Make sure you click on the Subjunctive link to learn a bit more about it.

Tenses and Modes

  • « Ce temps gris sur la Tour Eiffel ne me dit rien qui vaille. »
  • "I've got a bad feeling about this gray weather over the Eiffel Tower."

Present Subjunctive: que je vaille, que nous valions

Related: valoir and 200 first French verbs

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