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se méfier de – French expression

se méfier de - French expression


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What does the French expression ‘ se méfier de ’ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s audio.

se méfier de means 'to be wary of'. SE MÉFIER DE is a regular –ER reflexive verb.

  • « Elle se méfie des cartes sans puce. »
  • "She’s wary of credit cards without a microchip."

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Une partie de pétanque – Advanced French

Une partie de pétanque

What's 'une partie de petanque'? How is it played? What are the terms used? Listen to Anne's AUDIO

L’été arrive en France. Il est temps que je sorte mes boules de pétanque. France aussi, joue à la pétanque. La pétanque est similaire au jeu de boules que les familles françaises jouent dans leurs jardins quand il fait beau. C’est le seul sport – avec les boules – que je connaisse que l’on peut jouer n’importe où – sur la pelouse si on n’a pas de terrain spécial – à tout âge, avec un verre de vin à la main.

Mais ne partez pas si vous n’aimez pas la pétanque car France parle avec beaucoup d’expressions idiomatiques en français dont vous pourrez vous servir dans d’autres contextes.

Summer time is just around the corner in France. I just took out my petanque boules. France too is playing pétanque. Pétanque, a boule game similar to Bocce ball, is played by French families in their garden when it’s nice out. It’s the only sport I know – with les boules – that you can play anywhere – on the lawn if you don’t have a specific court – at all ages and with a glass of wine in your hand.

But don’t tune out if you’re not into pétanque because France uses a lot of idiomatic expressions in French that you too can use in other contexts.

In the worksheet – 11 pages

  • whole text with lots of colloquial expressions
  • translation
  • la pétanque explained
  • ordinal and collective numbers – how to say the first, the second, and a dozen of
  • play with French accents
  • practice

Text excerpt - transcribe it and check your answers

Une partie de pétanque

H. On joue comment ?
F. Deux doublettes et six boules. Qui a le point ?
H. Eux. Ce…


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Related: Ordinal numbers . Collective numbers (Premium access only) . French accents .


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vite fait bien fait – French expression

vite fait bien fait - French expression

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What does the French expression ‘ vite fait bien fait mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s audio.

vite fait bien fait – quicky done well done. vite fait bien fait means ‘easily and quickly done, quick and easy.’

  • « T’inquiète, je répare le tuyau vite fait bien fait, et tu n’auras plus à t’occuper de ta bicoque. »
  • “No worries, I’ll repair the pipe quick and easy and you won’t have to take care of your shack anymore.”

Related: Tools . DIY (members only) . Méli-mélo d’expressions . Lost in translation . First french words . English words in French .



Today's French

Handisport – Crossword Puzzle

Handisport Puzzle - Crossword Puzzle


Handisport puzzle

Handisport Puzzle - Want to learn more disabled sport terms in French? Do this crossword puzzle and listen to Anne's AUDIO, with a French accent.

Print out this page and fill out the puzzle in French with the clues provided. The answers are in the link at the bottom of the page. Don’t peek!

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french crossword puzzle

Définitions – Clues

Horizontal Vertical
1. challenged 1. disability
3. carbon 2. blade
5. able-bodied 4. crutch
6. courage 7. support
8. artificial limb
9. practice

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L’impossible – French Pop Song

L'impossible - French Pop Song


Learn French with Anne and this pop song. It’s called ' La Fleur de l'impossible '. It's about the Olympics and it's sung by Yves Duteil.

Yves Duteil a écrit cette chanson en 1992 "La Fleur de L'Impossible" pour les jeux olympiques d'Albertville dans les Alpes. 1992 est la dernière année où les jeux olympiques d’été et d’hiver se sont tenus la même année. Depuis, ils sont en alternance tous les deux ans. Yves Duteil nous enchante encore une fois, en jetant un voile de poésie sur ce monde du sport qui peut être si dur.

Yves Duteil wrote this song in 1992 "La Fleur de L'Impossible" – The Flower of the Impossible – for the Olympic Games in Albertville, French Alps. 1992 was the last year the summer and winter Olympics were held in the same year. Since then, they are rotating every two years. Duteil delights us once again; throwing a veil of poetry on this world of sports that can be so harsh.

In the companion worksheet – 14 pages

  • whole song
  • translation
  • facts about the Olympics
  • colors
  • subjunctive verbs
  • practice

Song excerpt – challenge yourself – transcribe the lyrics

La fleur de l'impossible

Dans le soleil couchant sous la flamme qui danse
La neige a des secrets d'argent, de bronze et d'or
Ce soir tous les regards se tournent vers la France
Aux couleurs enlacées des cinq anneaux du sport


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Related: Winter Olympics . Other sports in the Olympic games . Sports terms in French .

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haut la main – French expression

haut la main - French expression


What does the French expression ‘ haut la main mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s audio.

haut la main – high the hand. haut la main means ‘very easily', 'without any contest' and ironically, 'hands down.’

  • « Il a gagné le match de tennis haut la main. »
  • “He won the tennis game hands down.”


Related: Sports terms . Méli-mélo d’expressions . Lost in translation . First french words . English words in French .


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