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Spiritual Retreat – French dictation

Spiritual Retreat – French dictation

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Do this French dictation with Anne and make a lot of progress this week. It’s called ‘Retraite spirituelle’ and that means ‘Spiritual Retreat’.

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Retraite spirituelle - Spiritual Retreat

Je vous raconte l’histoire de mon collègue. Il allait bien quand il est arrivé...

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n’y voir que du feu – French expression

n’y voir que du feu - French expression

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What does the French expression ‘ n'y voir que du feu mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s audio.

n’y voir que du feu – to see only fire in it. n’y voir que du feu means to be clueless about what’s going on, to be oblivious, to not notice something that’s going on.

  • « Les parents ont vite caché la cigarette qu’ils fumaient. Les enfants n’y ont vu que du feu. »
  • "The parents quickly hid the cigarette they were smoking.  The children didn’t notice."

Related: Family . About smoking . Sequence of tenses . Negative sentences game . Y pronoun on FH, Anne's new site .

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triste à mourir – French expression

triste à mourir - French expression

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

triste à mourir - sad to die. triste à mourir really means 'very sad' or 'deadly dull'.

  • « Elle dit que de jouer au tarot, c'est triste à mourir. Moi, je trouve ça vachement sympa. »
  • "She says that to play Tarot is deadly dull. I find it really cool."
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Une sorcière – A Witch or a Bitch? – French expression

Une sorcière - A Witch or a Bitch?

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A good witch l photo Randen Pederson

What does the French word ‘ sorcière ’ mean? How is it used in a sentence?

une sorcière - literally a witch - is often used as the slang American English uses 'a bitch': a malicious, unpleasant, selfish person. And guess what, the masculine for sorcière, un sorcier, actually means a good wizard. Interesting how the feminine word is really negative, and the masculine word very positive.

  • « Va rien lui demander, c’est une vraie sorcière, celle-là. »
  • “Don’t go and ask her for anything. She’s a real bitch.”

Try not to use this expression today 🙂

Related:  Halloween et La Toussaint and on FH . Death terms . Trick or Treat in French on FH .

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La Toussaint en France – Français Tel Quel

La Toussaint en France

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La Toussaint en France

La Toussaint en France - Learn even more French with this very advanced post featuring French people talking about la Toussaint and Anne’s worksheets.

Écoutons cette vidéo sur la Toussaint et voyons pourquoi il ne faut jamais offrir de chrysanthèmes à ses hôtes en France.

Listen to this video about la Toussaint and find out why you shouldn’t ever offer chrysanthemums to your French hosts.

In the companion worksheet – 10 pages

  • script
  • translation
  • La Toussaint in France
  • expressions about death
  • review on comparatives - how to say less than or all the more … that
  • practice on all of the above

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La Toussaint en France

Ce week-end, en Sarthe comme partout en France, on fêtait la Toussaint, une fête religieuse, mais à l’origine un peu oubliée. En 609, le pape Boniface IV transforme le panthéon de Rome….

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plus mort que vif – French expression

plus mort que vif - French expression

frenchetc.org, learn french, french podcast, frenchWhat does the French expression ‘ plus mort que vif ’ mean? How is it used in a sentence?

plus mort que vif - more dead than alive. plus mort que vif means 'terrified', 'scared to death'

  • « Ils étaient plus morts que vifs quand ils sont sortis du cinéma. »
  • “They were scared to death when they came out of the movie theater.”

Try using this expression at least 3 times today.

More expressions with the word mort

  • faire le mort - to disappear, to not contact
  • à la vie, à la mort - forever
  • plus mort que vif - terrified
  • la petite mort - orgasm
  • la mort dans l'âme - with great sadness

Related: plus... que... French comparatives . Halloween et La Toussaint and on FH . Death terms . Trick or Treat in French on FH . Masque . Passé composé vs. Imparfait .

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