>
Mot du jour Podcast

les étrennes – French expression

les étrennes - French expression

French

la tirelire

What does the French word ' les étrennes '  mean? What does it sound like? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

les étrennes – New Year's gift. Traditionally, grand parents, uncles and aunts give little ones leurs étrennes, their New Year’s gift. It is often an envelope with a Euro or two. Étrennes are also given to the local post(wo)man and fire(wo)man, who come to the door in December to sell a calendar, often featuring a kitten or a snowy landscape on the front page. The proceeds go to their charity organization.

  • « Il met toutes ses étrennes dans sa tirelire. »
    • “He puts all of his New Year's gifts in his piggy bank.”

Related: French New Year’s resolutions . PRENDRE conjugated . About the New Year . New Year Vocabulary . Celebrating the New Year in France . Vocabulary Test . Culture Test .

.

Try using this expression today and hear another example on FH

Play
About French

Bonne année et bonne santé ! – Happy New Year!

Bonne année et bonne santé !

Happy New Year!

French

How do you say ‘ Happy New Year ’ in French? How do you pronounce it? Listen to Anne.

Bonne année et bonne santé !

That's the traditional way of wishing a Happy New Year in French: 'Good year and good health'

  • 'Bonne et heureuse année !' (listen to the song)
  • 'Meilleurs vœux'
  • 'Je vous souhaite plein de bonnes choses pour l'année à venir'
  • 'Que l'année à venir soit remplie de bonheur et de joie

Yet, the most common way remains the one using the verb SOUHAITER - to wish, leaving out the English NEW.

  • « Je vous souhaite une bonne année et une bonne santé ! »
  • "I wish you a happy New Year! "

Conjugaisons

  • present tense of -ER verbs: je vous souhaite, nous vous souhaitons
  • passé composé and imparfait: je vous ai souhaité, nous vous avons souhaité - je vous souhaitais, nous vous souhaitions
  • future tense: je vous souhaiterai, nous vous souhaiterons

Merci à tous de votre fidélité depuis 2007 !

Thank you for learning French with me since 2007!

Related: Song by 'Les enfantastiques' . About the New Year . New Year Vocabulary . Vocabulary Test . Celebrating the New Year in France Culture Test . AN vs. ANNÉE .

 

Play
Mot du jour Podcast

sabrer le Champagne – French expression

sabrer le Champagne - French expression

learn french, french podcast, french online, french, français, francaisWhat does the French expression ‘ sabrer le champagne ‘ mean? What does it sound like? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s Audio.

sabrer le Champagne, to saber a bottle of Champagne, to open it with a saber. It's quite thrilling, and yet, surprisingly easy. All you need is a sharp knife - or a spoon, nobody around you, and you have to want to giggle a lot. Watch the video below and try it yourself. The expression, which dates from the Napoleon era, has evolved to just mean to celebrate with Champagne wine.

  • « Tu as eu ton diplôme, on va sabrer le Champagne ! »
  • "You got your degree, let's celebrate (let's saber the Champagne)!"

French tenses and modes

présent : je sabre le Champagne, nous sabrons le Champagne

imparfait : je sabrais le Champagne, nous sabrions le Champagne

Command forms: Sabre le Champagne ! Sabrez le Champagne !

Vous pouvez passer l'avertissement

Related: About the New Year . New Year Vocabulary . Celebrating the New Year in France . Vocabulary Test . Culture Test .

You liked it ? Please share it. Merci.

AUDIO

How to manually download and save onto iTunes

Play
Mot du jour Podcast

cotillons, confetti and noise makers

cotillons, confetti and noise makers

learn french, french podcast, french online, french, français, francais

cotillons

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

The word cotillon is an old word that used to mean a petticoat, or raggedy skirts poor women would wear in the old days. Today, it's often plural les cotillons, and it means sets of noise-makers, confetti and streamers you get when you go to a silly party.

  • « Eh, tu prendras les cotillons pour le réveillon du nouvel an? »
  • "Hey, will you get the noise-makers and streamers for the New Year's party?"

Note: 'le réveillon' is a special word for either Christmas or the New Year's eve party in France.

Related: About the New Year . New Year Vocabulary . Celebrating the New Year in France . Vocabulary Test . Culture Test .

Become a member

Play
Mot du jour Podcast

réveillonner – French expression

learn french, french podcast, french online, french

What does the French verb ‘ réveillonner ‘ mean? What does it sound like? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's Audio.

réveillonner means ‘to celebrate the réveillon.’ The word réveillon means the party on the eve of a big day. There are two réveillons in France: the eve before Christmas and a week later, the eve before the New Year.

  • « Vous réveillonnez où pour le premier de l’an cette année ? »
  • “ Where do the celebrate the New Year’s eve this year?”

French tenses and modes

présent : je réveillonne, nous réveillonnons

imparfait : je réveillonnais, nous réveillonnions

futur : je réveillonnerai, nous réveillonnerons

Related: About the New Year . New Year Vocabulary . Celebrating the New Year in France . Vocabulary Test . Culture Test .

You liked it ? Please share it. Merci.

AUDIO

How to manually download and save onto iTunes

 

Play
Mot du jour Podcast

Le mousseux – French expression

Le mousseux - French expression

French

le mousseux - Photo by hopskochphotography

What does ‘ le mousseux ’ mean in French? How do you pronounce it? Listen to Anne.

Mousseux means that it's "avec mousse", it's frosty, frothing or bubbly. A mousseux is a sparkling or bubbly wine. However, sometimes it's used as an endearing way to talk about real Champagne, as if one didn't want to be presumptuous as to claim they are sophisticated enough to get the real thing. - If that makes sense 🙂

  • « T'as bien pris le mousseux pour le repas du réveillon ? J'avais oublié de le mettre sur la liste. »
  • "Did you actually buy the bubbly for the party? I had forgotten to put it on the list."

Become a member

Play
Page 9 of 491« First...8910...203040...Last »
     
     

STAY SIGNED IN

ALWAYS STAY SIGNED IN to access all of your worksheets in one click.

Petite vidéo

Double-cliquez pour voir
Festival de Cannes