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Expressions du printemps – French Spring expressions

Expressions du printemps

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What are French Spring expressions? How do you pronounce them? What do they mean?

Expressions du jardin

  1. aller sur ses 80 printemps …. to get to be 80 years-old
  2. au printemps …. in the spring
  3. avoir la main verte …. to have a green thumb
  4. Il faut cultiver son jardin. …. One must tend to their garden.
  5. On récolte ce que l’on sème. …. What goes around comes around.
  6. Une hirondelle ne fait pas le printemps. …. One can’t draw general conclusions out of only one incident.

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How to pronounce a French S? S or Z

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The rule states that you pronounce a written S – [s]

  • when it’s at the beginning of a word

o   sur

  • when it’s a vocal S at the end of a word

o   ours

  • when it’s a double-S

o   réussir

The rule states that you pronounce a written S - [z]

  • when it’s between two vowels (and the word doesn’t start with a prefix such as in ‘VRAIsemblablement’)

o   usé

  • when there is a liaison between a word ending in S and a vowel

o   les‿enfants, nos‿élèves, des‿œufs

/s/ /z/ English
embrasser embraser to kiss ≠ to set on fire
poisson poison fish ≠ poison
dessert sert dessert ≠ desert
saison saison season
oasis oasis oasis


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Les mois – Months

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Les mois - Months

Un mois - a month

  1. janvier .... January
  2. février .... February
  3. mars .... March
  4. avril .... April
  5. mai .... May
  6. juin .... June
  7. juillet .... July
  8. août .... August
  9. septembre .... September
  10. octobre .... October
  11. novembre .... November
  12. décembre .... December

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Playground Vocabulary – Aire de jeux


aire ou terrain de jeux

At the playground – À l’aire de jeux

More Vocabulary

  1. carousel ... m ... manège
  2. climbing wall ... m ... mur d’escalade
  3. equipment ... m ... équipement
  4. furniture ... m ... mobilier
  5. game ... m ... jeu
  6. hopscotch ... f ... marelle
  7. jungle gym ... m ... cage à écureuil
  8. labyrinthe ... m ... labyrinthe
  9. outdoors ... m ... plein air
  10. play set ... f ... station de jeux
  11. playground ... f ... aire de jeux
  12. rope ... f ... corde
  13. roundabout ... m ... tourniquet
  14. sand box ... m ... bac à sable
  15. scooter ... f ... trottinette
  16. see-saw ... m ... tape-cul
  17. slide ... f ... toboggan
  18. swing ... f ... balançoire
  19. swings set ... m ... portique
  20. trampoline ... m ... trampoline



Pronunciation Final Consonants

Pronunciation Final Consonants

Pronunciation Final Consonants

Pronunciation Final consonants - Knowing how to pronounce a French word is not intuitive. The end of words is particularly finicky. Let’s see how it works.

With words ending in –E, the final –E is mute, and therefore the preceding final consonant is pronounced. This rule is pretty definite.

  • J’aime manger une pomme.
  • I like to eat an apple.

o   J’aime (pronounce the M)

o   une (pronounce the N)

o   pomme (pronounce the M)

It would be too chaotic to sort these words in categories, because there would be as many words fitting the rule as there would be exceptions.

Here are the ones I find most common, or most commonly mispronounced.

Words with a silent final consonant

  • art .... art
  • blanc .... white
  • estomac .... stomach
  • œufs .... eggs
  • sang .... blood

Words with a vocal final consonant

  • août .... August
  • avec .... with
  • bonus ... bonus
  • fier .... proud
  • œuf .... egg

Words that go both ways

  • un bout .... a piece
  • un bout .... a boat rope
  • les vins bus .... the wine drunk
  • un bus .... a bus
  • un coût .... cost .... un coût
  • des os .... bones
  • un os .... a bone

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