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Kilomètres vs. Miles

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The abbreviation for a kilometer is “km”.

  • 1 km = 0.62 miles
  • 1 mile = 1,60 km

mile km km mile
1 1.6 1 0.62137
2 3.2

2 1.24274
3 4.8 3 1.86411
4 6.4 4 2.48548
5 8 5 3.10685
6 9.6 6 3.72822
7 11.2 7 4.34959
8 12.8 8 4.97096
9 14.4 9 5.59233
10 16 10 6.2137
50 80 50 31.0685
100 160 100 62.137

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French Overseas Territories – DOM-TOM

French Overseas Territories 

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les DOM-TOM-COM

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French people like to travel as much as any other person. Their favorite destinations remain the French Overseas Territories. French Overseas Territories are still called by their old name: DOM-TOMs (Départements et Territoires d’Outre-Mer) in everyday French. Since 2003, they are actually DROM-COM (Départements et Régions d’Outre-Mer – Collectivités d’Outre-Mer)and there is also a POM (Pays d’Outre-Mer), the French Polynesia with Tahiti and its other islands.

The DOM-TOMs are spread out all over the globe. They are all administered by the French government and they enjoy different levels of autonomy. The legislation in the Départements is very close to mainland France government. The Collectivités enjoy more freedom in their legislation, and the French Polynesia even more.

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Here is a list of the major French DOM-TOMs

Region English French Capitale/Biggest Place Status
Pacific Ocean French Polynesia la Polynésie française Papeete – Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Îles Marquises POM/COM
South America French Guiana la Guyane Cayenne DOM
West Indies Guadeloupe la Guadeloupe Basse-terre DOM
West Indies Martinique la Martinique Fort-de-France DOM
Indian Ocean Reunion Island la Réunion Saint-Denis DOM
Atlantic Ocean Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon Saint-Pierre COM
Pacific Ocean Wallis-et-Futuna Wallis-et-Futuna Mata-Utu COM
Indian Ocean Mayotte Island Mayotte Mamoudzou COM
Indian Ocean Scattered Islands les Îles Éparses(TAAF) Saint Pierre (Réunion) COM
Indian Ocean Crozet Islands les Îles Crozet (TAAF) Alfred Faure COM
Indian Ocean Kerguelen Islands les Îles Kerguelen(TAAF) Port-aux-Français COM
Indian Ocean Saint-Paul-et-Amsterdam Islands les Îles Saint-Paul-et-Amsterdam(TAAF) Martin de Viviès  COM
West Indies Saint-Barth Saint-Barhélemy Gustavia COM
West Indies Saint Martin Island Saint Martin Marigot COM
West Indies Saint Barthélémy Island Saint Barthélémy Gustavia COM
Antartica Adelie Land Terre Adélie(TAAF) Saint Pierre (Réunion) COM
Pacific Ocean Clipperton Island Clipperton Camp Bougainville COM
Pacific Ocean New Caledonia la Nouvelle Calédonie Nouméa COM
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Swearing in French

Swearing in French

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Swearing in French. What are French swear words?

Edith Piaf did it, Sarkozy too. The French you learn in the classroom is not the same as the French you'll hear on the street or in the movies. Swearing is very much part of every day French. These words come out as really offensive in English, and may be pretty common in French. From Edith Piaf to the French President, pretty much everybody swears. Click on the link and watch the video below of President Sarkozy’s outburst “Casse-toi, pauvre con” – fuck off, loser - at an official function to see for yourself.

Here are 15 common “gros mots” swear words or expressions. The blue ones are okay - at least they are common - in French, even if the English translation seems offensive. Use the red ones only when you are really angry; they are very offensive.

 

15 common swear words and expressions used in French

  • (ça) fait chier -- it’s annoying
  • c’est con -- It’s too bad
  • c’est le bordel -- it’s a mess
  • casse-toi -- fuck off
  • con (m), conne (f) – loser, jerk, bitch
  • emmerdant, emmerdante -- annoying
  • enculé (m), enculée (f) -- asshole
  • foutre -- to fucking do
  • je suis foutu, foutue -- I’m screwed
  • merde -- shit
  • putain -- fuck
  • salop (m), salope (f)  -- bastard, bitch
  • ta gueule -- shut the fuck up
  • va te faire enculer -- go and fuck yourself
  • zut -- darn

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celui-ci or celui-là

Do you say celui-ci or celle-ci - this one? How about celui-là or celle-là - that one? Enjoy this computer game on demonstrative pronouns.

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Gender of Countries

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Knowing what gender a country or a place is is not easy, and not consistent. However, here is a guideline I hope you find helpful.

  • Almost all countries and states that end with an –e (except for le Mexique) are feminine.
  • Pretty much all others are masculine.
  • These 2 previous rules do NOT apply for islands. Nope!

Islands pretty much move the beat of their own drummer.

  • Cities are tricky. You hear both

“le nouveau Paris” (m), and “Paris est une belle ville” (f).

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  • country --> pays[1] (m)
  1. Australia --> l’Australie (f)
  2. Belgium --> la Belgique (f)
  3. Canada --> le Canada (m)
  4. China --> la Chine (f)
  5. Costa Rica --> le Costa Rica (m)
  6. France --> la France (f)
  7. Germany --> l’Allemagne (f)
  8. Guatemala --> le Guatemala (m)
  9. Honduras --> le Honduras (m)
  10. Ireland --> l’Irlande (f)
  11. Japan --> le Japon (m)
  12. Mexico --> le Mexique (m)
  13. the Netherlands --> les Pays-Bas (mp)
  14. New Zealand --> la Nouvelle Zélande (f)
  15. South Africa --> l’Afrique du Sud (f)
  16. Spain --> l’Espagne (f)
  17. Switzerland --> la Suisse (f)
  18. Turkey --> la Turquie (f)
  19. United Kingdom --> la Grande Bretagne (f)
  20. the United States --> les États-Unis (mp)

[1] Remember that countries/states in French always have an article: France = la France

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Combination of letters in French

Combination of letters

Combination of letters in French words in English. How do French words sound? How are French words pronounced? It’s really easy to learn with Anne's list. Copy her French accent.

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Les mots en français ne sont pas toujours intuitifs.

French words don’t always look the way they sound. They may combine letters to make a new sound. Let’s go over the most common ones here.

For instance,

EAU is pronounced O, such as in

EAU --> water

BEAU --> beautiful

CU is pronounced KU, such as in

CUBE --> cube

but ÇU is pronounced SU, such as in

REÇU --> received

My take on how to pronounce French words is to look at the chart below and then, one by one, to memorize each word as they come to you.

looks like sounds like French example English translation
ai short open eight ai have
an, en bump banc bench
au, eau short rounded ‘oh’ haut high
ca ka cas case
ça sa ça it (contraction of ‘cela’)
ch sh chat cat
ci see ici here
co ko comment how
çon song garçon boy
cu ku cube cub

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