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pour du beurre – French expression

pour du beurre - French expression

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What does the French expression " pour du beurre " mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's AUDIO.

pour du beurre – for some butter or for butter literally –  is what kids say in a schoolyard when they play a game that doesn’t earn any chips, a game that doesn’t count. I guess in English, I’d translate it as not for keeps. Let me know if you have a more idiomatic way of translating pour du beurre. In any case, I started saying that pour du beurre is what kids say in a schoolyard, but grown-ups also use it quite often, as a cute way of saying that 'it doesn’t count for anything'.

  • « Bon allez ! On fait un examen blanc, mais ce sera pour du beurre. Le résultat ne comptera pas dans ta moyenne. »
  • “Okay, let’s do a practice-exam, but not for keeps. The score won’t be counted in your average.”

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tout de suite – French expression

tout de suite - French expression

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What does the French expression " tout de suite " mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's AUDIO.

tout de suite – all of continuation. tout de suite means ‘right away’, ‘all of a sudden’, ‘in a heartbeat.’

  • « Si tu m’invitais à venir te voir, je prendrais le billet de train tout de suite. »
  • “ If you’d invite me to come and see you, I’d take the train ticket in a heartbeat.”

Related: Sequence of tenses . Méli-mélo d’expressions . Lost in translation . First French words . English words in French .

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La pollution – Pollution terms

La pollution – Pollution terms

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The sentences you’ll hear have missing words. You’ll hear ‘TIRET’ where the word is missing. You’ll also hear a choice of two terms to fill in that blank. Your job is to pick the missing word that makes more sense in the sentence. When you’re done, come and check the answers on the web site.

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Fill in the blanks with the following missing words.

1.Il y a beaucoup de _____________ dans la rue ce matin.

A.déchets

B.déchetterie

2.Le fermier se sert de _____________ dans les champs voisins.

A.pesticides

B.ordures

3.Il n’y a pas de _____________ sur cette côte Bretonne.

A.pollution

B.vapeurs

4.On ne se sert pas de _____________ pour faire le ménage.

A.eaux usées

B.produits chimiques

5.Il répertorie les _____________ au Congo.

A.faunes

B.espèces en voie de disparition

6.Il y a encore un _____________ sur Paris.

A.habitat

B.nuage polluant

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Les algues vertes – Français Tel Quel

Les algues vertes

Les algues vertes

Les algues vertes - Learn even more French with this very advanced post featuring French people talking about a particular topic and Anne’s worksheets.

Aujourd’hui, nous écoutons un reportage sur la prolifération des algues vertes en France. Celui-ci se trouve à Plouha en Bretagne. Les algues sont là à cause des fermiers qui épandent des nitrates et qui polluent les rivages partout en France, et les autorités ne savent pas bien ce que faire.

Today, we’re listening to a newsreel on the proliferation of green algae in France. This one is located in Plouha, Brittany. The algae is induced by the farmers’ over use of nitrogen and is polluting the shore all over France, and the authorities don’t quite know how to deal with it.

In the companion worksheet –  13 pages

  • text
  • translation
  • pollution terms
  • expressing time lapse
  • practice on all of the above

Text excerpt – Transcribe it first and check your answers

Les algues vertes

Sur la plage de Plouha, dans les Côtes d’Armor, les employés communaux se battent contre un ennemi très envahissant.

_Ben, c’est rare...

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au temps pour moi – French expression

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What does the French expression " au temps pour moi " mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's AUDIO.

au temps pour moi – at the time for me. au temps pour moi means ‘oops, I made a mistake’, ‘my bad’. Careful! It’s often misspelled as ‘autant pour moi’ –  ‘as much for me’.

  • « Désolée, il est 16h00. J’aurais dû arriver à 15H00. Au temps pour moi. »
  • “Sorry, it’s 4. I should have arrived at 3. My bad.”

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lequel, laquelle, lesquels, lesquelles

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Le vin avec lequel je mange du fromage est rouge.

lequel, laquelle, lesquels, lesquelles

lequel, laquelle, lesquels, lesquelles - Relative pronouns in French

LEQUEL, LAQUELLE, LESQUELS AND LESQUELLES are relative pronouns.

Example

  • Le vin avec lequel je mange du fromage est rouge.
  • The wine with which I’m eating cheese is red.

They actually fan out into 12 variations.

  1. LEQUEL
  2. LAQUELLE
  3. LESQUELS
  4. LESQUELLES
  5. DUQUEL
  6. DE LAQUELLE
  7. DESQUELS
  8. DESQUELLES
  9. AUQUEL
  10. À LAQUELLE
  11. AUXQUELS
  12. AUXQUELLES

Practice

Replace the blank with one of the following pronoun: lequel, laquelle, lesquels, lesquelles, duquel, de laquelle, desquels, desquelles, auquel, à laquelle, auxquels,auxquelles. The trick is to know what gender and number the word that replaces the pronoun is.

La soirée à ___________­­­­­­­­­­­ je vais est à Paris.
Le candidat pour ___________ j’ai voté a gagné.
Les voitures entre ___________ tu fais de la planche sont mal garées.
L’homme ___________ je donne les clés est le réceptionniste.
Les équipes dans ___________ elle a joué sont françaises.
Les animaux ___________ vous avez peur sont des insectes.
Les bâtiments devant ___________ je t’attends sont des gratte-ciels gris.
Les vacances ___________ je rêve sont en Dordogne.
Les fautes ___________ je me réfère sont corrigées.
La route sur ___________ vous roulerez est plus courte.

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