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Portmanteau Words – Today’s French

What is a portmanteau word? What are examples of portmanteau words in French? How are  they used in a sentence. Listen to Anne, repeat after her. Learn French at FrenchHour.com

The word portmanteau comes from French portemanteau. It means ‘coat rack’, ‘coat hanger’.

What is a portmanteau word – un mot-valise? It’s a blended word where the last syllable of the first word and the first syllable of the second are combined somehow.

Here is a short list of the most common ones. I’m hoping you can use some of them in a sentence. Send me your work. I’ll go over it.

  1. adulescent.e – adulte+adolescent = teen-adult
  2. alicament – aliment+médicament = food that cures
  3. beurgeois.e – Beur+(bour)geois.e = person from North-African descent having a bourgeois life-style
  4. bobo = bourgeois+bohème = yuppie with an attitude
  5. Brexit – Br(i)tain+Exit – Brexit
  6. coronapéro – coronavirus+apéro = virtual cocktail with friends and family during Covid-19
  7. courriel – courrier+électronique = email
  8. franglais – français+anglais = Frenglish
  9. infox – informations+intoxication = fake news
  10. lundimanche – lundi+dimanche = all the days of the week are the same
  11. motel – moteur+hôtel – motel
  12. pourriel – poubelle+courriel = spam email message

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lundimanche – French expression

What does lundimanche mean? How is it pronounced? How is lundimanche used in a sentence. Listen to Anne, repeat after her. Learn French at FrenchHour.com

Covid-19 has created a tragic situation and I want to reiterate how much we’re grateful to all who are going to work despite the crisis. My thoughts are also with those who lost loved ones. I was listening to the radio yesterday, and the journalist was talking about this new words in French, due to coronavirus. With the coronavirus lockdown, every day seems like it’s Sunday. The French renamed all the days of the week with a portmanteau word – un mot-valise. They blended the last syllable of the day – DI – and added dimanche to it.

It goes as follows:

  1. lundimanche
  2. mardimanche
  3. mercredimanche
  4. jeudimanche
  5. vendredimanche
  6. samedimanche
  7. dimanche

Of course, there is no translation for these fun words. I’m hesitating between MondaySunday, TuesdaySunday, MonSunday, TuesSunday or SundayMon, SundayTues… Or maybe just Day: today is Day.

  • « J’ai envie de vous voir. On se fait un coronapéro lundimanche ou mardimanche ? »
    • ‘I’d love to see you guys. How about a video-cocktail on MonSunday or TueSunday?’

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Days of the week

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PENSER – TO THINK – Le français d’aujourd’hui

What does PENSER mean? What are its prepositions?

Many verbs have different meanings in French, particularly if they carry a preposition. Let’s take the verb PENSER as an example.

to think something – penser (ø) quelque chose

Je pense que le bouquin est chez toi. — I think the book is at your place.

to think about, to remember – penser à

Tu penseras à amener le bouquin demain ? — Will you remember to bring /think about bringing the book tomorrow?

to have an opinion about, to think of – penser de

Qu’est-ce que tu penses de ce bouquin ? — What do you think of this book? What’s your opinion on this book?TAKE THE QUIZ

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Knowing the preposition attached to a verb is important when it comes to deciding which pronoun to use. In this example, LE, Y or EN are the pronouns.

Je pense que le bouquin est chez toi. Je le pense.

Tu penses à amener le bouquin demain ? Tu y penses demain ?

Qu’est-ce que tu penses de ce bouquin ? Qu’est-ce tu en penses ?

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Internet Giants – French expression

What does GAFA mean in French? How is it used in a sentence? Learn French with Anne at Frenchhour.com

GAFA. G. A. F. A. is an acronym for Google – Apple – Facebook – Amazon. Often included in these internet giants are Microsoft, Uber, Airbnb. They are often in the heart of French news as these large tech-companies may be taxed on local revenues from now on, even though they are based mostly in the States.

  • « Est-ce que t’as entendu parler de la taxation des GAFA ? Qu’est-ce (que) t’en penses ? »
    • ‘Did you hear about the Internet giants tech tax? What’s do you think about it?’

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Le système des euros

Learn about the euros coins and bills, and practice prices.

Seven Euro bills were circulated in twelve European Union states in January 2002. In 2018, the European Central Bank stopped issuing the 500-Euro bill. So, there are 6 Euro bills left: 5 Euros, 10 Euros, 20 Euros, 50 Euros, 100 Euros, 200 Euros.


On the back of each bill, there are windows and gates that symbolize the European open-mindedness and collegiality. The stars symbolize the energy and harmony of Europe.

On the front is a bridge, symbol of cooperation and narrow communication amongst the European people, as well as amongst Europe and the rest of the world.

The eight coins are of different size, color and thickness.
There are eight coin: 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, and 50 cents, 1 euro and 2 euros. One Euro is worth 100 cents.

Sept billets en euros ont été mis en circulation dans douze États membres de l’Union européenne en janvier 2002. En 2018, La Banque Centrale Européenne a arrêté d’émettre le billet de 500 euros. Donc, il reste 6 billets : 5 euros, 10 euros, 20 euros, 50 euros, 100 euros, 200 euros.

Au recto de chaque billet, fenêtres et portails symbolisent l’esprit d’ouverture et de coopération qui règne au sein de l’Union européenne. Les douze étoiles du drapeau européen symbolisent le dynamisme et l’harmonie de l’Europe.

Au verso est représenté un pont, symbole de la coopération et de la communication étroites entre les peuples européens ainsi qu’entre l’Europe et le reste du monde.

Les huit pièces se différencient par leur taille, leur couleur et leur épaisseur. La série se compose de huit pièces : 1 centime, 2 centimes, 5 centimes, 10 centimes, 20 centimes ou 50 centimes, 1 euro et 2 euros. L’euro se subdivise en 100 cents.

Exercice – Practice

Practice asking for a price and seeing different ways to say how much it is.

Ça fait combien, s’il vous plaît ?

Ça fait cinq euros cinquante.

C’est combien, s’il vous plaît ?

C’est quarante-deux euros soixante-douze.

Le total est de combien, s’il vous plaît ?

Le total est trente euros et 3 centimes (d’euros).

Ça fait combien, s’il vous plaît ?

Ça fait vingt-cinq euros quatre-vingt quinze.

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Conditional Present – Today’s FrenchHour

Le conditionnel présent – Formation – Le français d’aujourd’hui

The rules are pretty straight forward.

–er and –ir verbs

  • Verbs ending in –er and –ir: take the verb at the infinitive and add the endings of the imparfait, as follows. We’re using AIMER – to like or to love – as the infinitive.

je/j’ …. aimer …. -ais

tu  …. aimer …. -ais

elle …. aimer …. -ait

il …. aimer …. -ait

on …. aimer …. -ait

nous …. aimer …. -ions

vous …. aimer …. -iez

ils …. aimer …. -aient

elles …. aimer …. -aient

Examples

I would like Paris.

J’aimerais Paris.

We would love Paris.

Nous aimerions Paris.

On aimerait Paris.FIND ALL THE RULES HERE

Your turn – C’est à vous

Practice translating this passage

would like to go to Paris by car. I would visit the Louvre. I would end up with lots of nice memories. Would you like to visit the Louvre with me?

Answers – Réponses

J’aimerais aller à Paris en voiture. Je visiterais le Louvre. Je finirais avec plein de souvenirs sympa. Est-ce que tu aimerais visiter le Louvre avec moi ?

Now, try translating with Nous instead of JeSend me your text here and I’ll correct it for you.

Bonne chance !

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