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avoir la trentaine – French expression

avoir la trentaine - French expression

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What does the French expression ' avoir la trentaine ' mean? How is it used in a sentence?

avoir la trentaine – to have the thirtyish. avoir la trentaine means ‘to be in your thirties’.

  • « Je ne sais pas exactement l’âge qu’il a. Il a la trentaine.  »
  • “I don’t know exactly how old he is. He’s in his thirties.”

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les cinq doigts de la main – French expression

les cinq doigts de la main

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

être comme les cinq doigts de la main – to be like the five fingers of the hand. être comme les cinq doigts de la main means ‘to be very close and united, to be like two peas in a pod, to be like hand in glove’.

  • « Ils se soutiennent toujours en cas de pépin,  ils sont comme les cinq doigts de la main. »
  • "They always help each other out, they are like two peas in a pod."

Related: Five fingers . ÊTRE conjugated with AUDIO . un pépin . Movie called ‘Comme les cinq doigts de la main’ .

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Learn French Accents: aigu, grave, circonflexe

Learn French Accents: aigu, grave, circonflexe

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Where do French accents come from? How do they work?

In the Middle Ages, the French language started losing certain sounds, such as its Ss. Then, French writers started to replace the Ss with an accent. However, not all Frenchmen were writing accents with the same consistency. It is only later on and little by little that the accents became popular in France. However, there was no general rule. As a result, written French of today is not consistent in terms of accents.

In the meantime, English has kept an older form of spelling, keeping Ss. As a result, often – not always – when you see an accent on a French word, the English translation often has kept the original S.

Examples

  • disgusting --> dégoûtant
  • host --> hôte
  • island --> île
  • master --> maître
  • pasta --> pâte
  • school --> école
  • study --> étude
  • task --> tâche

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Fill in the blanks with one of the two words provided.

_______ (La, Là) fête était _______ (a, à) Loguivy-_______(les, lès)-Lannion, _______ (ou, où) les grands-parents avaient la maison familiale. _______ (Les, Lès) fêtes se faisaient toujours _______ (la, là). La _______ (tache, tâche) de France était de mettre la table. Lorsqu’elle _______ (a, à) sorti la nappe _______ (du, dû) buffet, elle s’est aperçue qu’il y avait une _______ (tache, tâche). Elle aurait _______ (du, dû) vérifier avant _______ (ou, où) en choisir une autre.

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À la pâtisserie – Advanced French

À la pâtisserie – Advanced French

learn french, french podcast, french online, french, français, francais, pastry, patisserieÀ la pâtisserie – Français avancé – Advanced French – Learn French with Anne’s AUDIO.

La leçon d'aujourd'hui s’appelle « À la pâtisserie ». Miam miam. La France veut vraiment vraiment manger une pâtisserie, et pas une viennoiserie. Elle et Henri s'arrêtent à un salon de thé.

Miam miam. France really really wants to eat a cream pastry, and not a Danish. She and Henri stop at a salon de thé, a French tea room. They both use lots of colloquial expressions in French that you can use later.

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  • text
  • translation
  • funny French pastries
  • AVOIR means TO HAVE
  • ARRIVER, etc.
  • practice and answers on all of the above

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À la pâtisserie

F. On roule depuis deux heures. On s’arrête au prochain village ? Je m’ferais bien une petite pâtisserie.

H. Génial ! On arrive à Lannion.

F. J’ai entendu dire qu’ils ont une super boulangerie place du centre. Ils cuisent tout au feu de bois.

H. Mais je [ne] veux pas une viennoiserie. Je n’aime pas les pains au chocolat, …

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de l’huile de coude – French expression

de l'huile de coude - French expression

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What does the French expression de l’huile de coude mean? How is it used in a sentence?

de l’huile de coude – some the oil of elbow. de l’huile de coude means lots of labor and effort. It’s ‘elbow grease’.

  • « Cette bicoque est vraiment délabrée. Il va falloir pas mal d’huile de coude pour la retaper. »
  • " This shack is really run down. We’ll need quite a lot of elbow grease to gussy it up."

5 expressions avec le mot HUILE

faire de l’huile = to dwell on

faire tâche d’huile = to spread

de l’huile de coude = elbow grease

jeter de l'huile sur le feu = to add fuel to the fire

manger de l’huile (pour une voiture) = to go through oil (for a car)

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Les sports – French terms

 Les sports, etc.

games, olympics, French etc.

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Learn French vocabulary you can use for sports. Listen to how it's said with Anne, a native speaker.

1.Sports terms – Vocabulaire du sport

2.Different sports – Divers sports

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Sports terms – Vocabulaire du sport

  1. abs, obliques .... mp .... abdos
  2. agility .... f .... agilité
  3. amateur .... m/f .... amateur/trice
  4. athlete .... m/f .... athlète
  5. balance .... m .... équilibre
  6. biceps .... m .... biceps
  7. bike .... m/f .... vélo, bicyclette
  8. body .... m .... corps
  9. body fat .... f .... graisse, masse graisseuse
  10. bodybuilding .... f .... muscu, musculation
  11. burn feeling .... f .... sensation de brûlure
  12. cardio, cardiovascular .... m/f .... cardio-vasculaire
  13. class .... m .... cours
  14. coach .... m/f .... entraîneur, coach
  15. coach .... m/f .... préparateur/trice
  16.  coordination .... f .... coordination
  17. courage .... m .... courage
  18. crampons, boots .... mp .... crampons
  19. defeat .... m .... échec
  20. dumbbell, barbell .... m .... haltère
  21. elliptical machine .... m .... elliptique
  22. endurance .... f .... endurance
  23. equipment .... f .... installation
  24. event .... f .... épreuve
  25. finals .... f .... finale

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Different sports – Divers sports

  1. Alpine combined .... m .... combiné alpin
  2. Alpine, downhill skiing .... m .... ski alpin, ski de piste
  3. archery .... m .... tir à l’arc
  4. badminton .... m .... badminton
  5. basketball .... m .... basket, basket-ball
  6. bicycling .... m .... cyclisme
  7. boxing .... f .... boxe
  8. canoeing .... m .... canoë-kayak
  9. car racing .... f .... course de voiture
  10. climbing, rock-climbing .... f .... escalade
  11. fencing .... m .... escrime
  12. field hockey .... m .... hockey sur gazon
  13. figure skating .... m .... patinage artistique
  14. football .... m .... foot-ball américain
  15. golfing .... m .... golf

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