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confiture aux cochons – French expression

confiture aux cochons - French expression

What does the French expression " donner de la confiture aux cochons " mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's AUDIO.

donner de la confiture aux cochons is to give jelly to pigs. donner de la confiture aux cochons means 'to cast pearls before swine'. The expression is used when you want to express the fact that you gave somebody something really dear to you, or something expensive, and they didn't appreciate it. It was kind of wasted on them. I think the equivalent expression in English is “to cast pearls before swine”. Send me a note if you know of another one.

  • « Oh nan, j'vais pas faire un soufflé aux enfants. Ils réclament toujours un jambon-frites. Ce serait donner de la confiture aux cochons. »
  • " Nope, I'm not gonna make the kids a soufflé. They always want ham and fries. It would be casting pearls before swine."

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L’école est finie – French Pop Song

L'école est finie - French Pop Song

Learn French with Anne and this song called ‘L'école est finie’ by Sheila

L'année scolaire vient de se terminer en France, tout le monde est parti pour un long été de vacances. Écoutons cette chanson pour fêter avec eux. "L'école est finie' est chantée par Sheila en 1963. Elle nous dit : " Donne-moi ta main et prends la mienne ".

The school year just ended in France, everyone is out for a long 2-months summer break. To celebrate, let’s listen to Sheila sing ‘L’école est finie – School is out’ in 1963. She says “Give me your hand and take mine”.

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  • how to say ‘mine, yours, etc…’
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L’école est finie

Donne-moi ta main et prends la mienne

La cloche a sonné, ça signifie

Qu’la rue est à nous, que la joie vienne

Mais oui, mais oui, l’école est finie

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virer quelqu’un – French expression

virer quelqu'un - French expression

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virer

What does the word ' virer ' mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

virer means a lot of different things. In colloquial French, virer quelqu'un means to fire someone. être viré/e: to be fired, se faire virer: to get fired.

  • « Nan, nan, j'vais pas au séminaire. Je suis virée depuis le mois dernier. »
  • "Nope, nope, I ain't going to the company retreat. I got fired last month."

Tenses and modes

présent : je suis viré/e, nous sommes viré/es

passé composé : j'ai été viré/e, nous avons été virés/es

futur : je serai viré/e, nous serons viré/es

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Vocabulaire – La crise économique

La crise économique - Vocabulaire

C'est la crise.

What are terms about ' La crise économique - The economic crisis ' in French?

La crise économique - The economic crisis

  • bankruptcy .... f .... faillite
  • cheap .... m/f .... bon marché
  • conjuncture .... f .... conjoncture
  • consequence .... f .... conséquence
  • crash .... m .... krach
  • credit .... m .... crédit
  • crisis .... f .... crise
  • debt .... f .... dette
  • decreasing .... ø .... en baisse
  • difficulty .... f .... difficulté
  • economic, financial .... m/f .... économique
  • economy .... f .... économie
  • expensive .... m/f .... cher/chère
  • globalization .... f .... mondialisation
  • in debt .... m/f .... endetté/e
  • loss .... f .... perte
  • on the front line .... ø .... en première ligne
  • planet .... f .... planète
  • poverty .... f .... pauvreté
  • rate .... m .... taux
  • risk .... m .... risque
  • sales, turnover .... m .... chiffre d’affaires
  • sector .... m .... secteur
  • security .... f .... obligation
  • share .... f .... action
  • stock exchange  .... f .... Bourse
  • subprime loan .... m .... prêt hypotécaire à risque, subprime loan
  • to buy .... ø .... acheter
  • to cost .... ø .... coûter
  • unstable .... m/f .... instable

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C’est la crise – French dictation

C'est la crise - French dictation

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Do this French dictation with Anne and make a lot of progress this week. It’s called ‘C'est la crise’ and that means ‘It's the recession’.

C’est la crise

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faire peau neuve – French expression

 faire peau neuve - French expression

French, French vocabulary, French grammar, French culture, about France, about French, français, vocabulaire, learn French, French podcasts, learn French by podcast, French language podcasts, French tutorial, French one on one, French expressions, expressions, e-learning, learning French, French online, France, listening comprehension, dictées, French dictation, frenchetc.orgWhat does the French expression " faire peau neuve " mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's AUDIO.

faire peau neuve – to do skin new. faire peau neuve is to give it a makeover, to renovate.

  • « La station de métro a fait peau neuve l’année dernière. C’est plus agréable maintenant. »
  • “The subway station had a makeover last year. It’s much nicer now.”

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