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Christmas in France – Today’s French

Joyeux Noel Boule Chaussette

Christmas in France

Noël – that’s how we say Christmas in French – is a family gathering and a national holiday. There are three big moments most French families love to celebrate on Noël. Learn about le réveillon, la messe de minuit, le matin de noël. Download the audio file and listen to Anne talk about it in French, read the translation, and take the quiz.

Mini Quiz - Noël en France - This quiz is interactive at French Hour

Choisissez la bonne réponse. Pick the right answer.

  • Le gâteau traditionnellement servi au repas du réveillon de Noël est la bouche de noël.The cake traditionally served at the Christmas Eve meal is 'la bouche de noël'.
    • Vrai - True
    • Faux - False
  • Le matin de Noël, les enfants se réveillent et trouvent des cadeaux dans leur chaussette de noël.On Christmas morning, children wake up and find gifts in their Christmas stockings. 
    • Vrai - True
    • Faux - False
  • Le repas du réveillon de Noël est incontestablement le repas le plus important de l’année, et c’est le 25 décembre.The Christmas Eve meal is undoubtedly the most important meal of the year, and it's on December 25th.
    • Faux - False
    • Vrai - True

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What does ” roman de gare ” mean? How do you say ‘ light novel ’ in French? How is it pronounced? How is it used in a French sentence? Listen to Anne, a French native say it at FrenchHour.com.

un roman de gare – a novel of train station – I guess, novels you may find in French train station are light and easy to read. In any case, un roman de gare is exactly that: a novel that’s not too intellectual, that you don’t need to concentrate much on. In everyday French, un roman de gare is a light novel.

  • « J’ai trop de trucs à faire en ce moment et je lis un roman de gare pour me distraire. Et toi ? »
    • “I have too much to deal with right now and I'm reading a light novel to have fun. And you ? “
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L’année dernière, un maire a été condamné à 1 000 euros d’amende pour avoir giflé un adolescent qui lui avait manqué de respect et qui l’avait menacé. En France, il est toujours légal de gifler et de donner la fessée à ses enfants.

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être fâché contre, être fâchée contre – to be angry against – In everyday French, être fâché uses the preposition CONTRE and it means ‘to be angry with’. Knowing the preposition that goes with a verb is very important.

  • « Les Gilets Jaunes sont super fâchés contre le gouvernement. Ils manifestent tous les jours depuis un mois. »
    • “Yellow Vests are very angry with the government. They have been demonstrating every day for a month. “
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During Hanukkah, we eat donuts. I’m offering you today to learn French with this kosher recipe.

À Hanoukah, on mange des beignets. Je vous propose aujourd’hui d’apprendre du français avec cette recette cashère.

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Tell me what you hear – Spot the sentence in the quiz and check CORRECT or INCORRECT. Get immediate feedback.

You will have to listen to this passage many times, and that’s what you want to improve your French. This exercise is good at all levels.

Dites-moi ce que vous entendez – Trouves la phrase dans l’interro et coches CORRECT ou INCORRECT. Voyez vos résultats immédiatement.

Vous devrez écouter ce passage plusieurs fois, et c’est bon pour votre français. Cet exercice est bon à tous les niveaux.

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Spot the sentence and tick the exact sentences you hear in the passage. Correct the ones that are wrong. - Repérez la phrase et cochez les phrases exactes que vous entendez dans le passage. Corrigez celles qui sont fausses. --->
  • So we need: 1 kg of flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of brewer’s yeast, 2 eggs, ¾ liter of tepid water; that is to say, if you have a measuring cup, 750 ml.
  • So, we’re going to start with the eggs.
  • There can always be a bit of blood.
  • The 2 scant tablespoons of sugar.

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The Holiday season is here. At one time, the season was mainly oriented toward religious celebrations.

To my knowledge, there are three main religions in France: Christian, Jewish and Muslim.

This time of year gives us the opportunity to look at French religious terms.

That’s why I’m offering you, today, a little vocabulary quiz on the three religions.

And if you have time, take a look at this material on Christmas and Hanukkah as well.

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So good luck on your quiz, and find out why the French say M_RDE instead of ‘Bonne Chance’!

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Decide whether the word fits better the Christian, Jewish or Muslim religion. -- Dites si le mot correspond le plus à la religion chrétienne, juive ou musulmane.

 

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