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About To Use – Today’s French

How To Say Chantilly In French
La crème chantilly est super simple à faire. C’est mon fils qui avait fait celle de la photo, un jour de bonheur à Thourie 🙂

About To Use

to use – se servir de, employer et utiliser

The direct translation of TO USE is UTILISER. However, UTILISER isn’t used as much as TO USE is in English, if that makes sense.

Translating ‘to use’ is always a bit of a pickle in French. Well, there is no pickle in crème chantilly, so let’s ‘un-pickle’ se servir de vs. utiliser vs. employer.

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Do prefer ‘se servir de’ rather than ‘employer’ or ‘utiliser’, although they are synonyms.

Je me sers d’un fouet pour faire la crème chantilly.

I use a whisk to make crème chantilly.

J’emploie un fouet pour faire la crème chantilly.

I use a whisk to make crème chantilly.

J’utilise un fouet faire la crème chantilly.

I use a whisk to make crème chantilly.

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Other instances

For using the bathroomusing a word for anotherusing cream in coffeeusing a pen to write, and other situations…, it’s much better NOT TO use either one of these verbs : ‘se servir de’, ‘employer’ or ‘utiliser’.

The French prefer other verbs such as ALLER or PRENDRE…

  1. I used the bathroom.
  2. I use the verb SE SERVIR DE to mean TO USE.
  3. I use a pen to write
  1. Je suis allé/e aux toilettes.
  2. Je traduis le mot TO USE par SE SERVIR DE.
    • Je dis SE SERVIR DE pour traduire TO USE.
    • Je prends le verbe SE SERVIR DE pour traduire TO USE.
  3. Je prends un stylo.
    • Je me sers d’un stylo.
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Passé composé or imparfait – Today’s French at FH

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Passé composé or imparfait

Choosing between the PASSE COMPOSÉ or the IMPARFAIT is always tricky. Let’s start figuring it out here.

Both the passé composé and the imparfait are past tenses. So, we frequently use 2 past tenses in French, where there is only one commonly used in English.

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Exercice – Practice

Translate the sentences from one column to another. From French to English (la version) is easier, from English to French (la thèse) a bit more challenging.

Traduisez les phrases d’une colonne à une autre. Du français en anglais (la version) est plus facile, de l’anglais au français (la thèse) un peu plus difficile.

  • En hiver, avant, il _______________ (neiger) beaucoup dans les Alpes.
  • L’hiver dernier, il _______________  (neiger) beaucoup dans les Alpes.
  • Ce soir, nous _______________ (manger) au resto quand il _______________(commencer) à pleuvoir.
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Ask a Question – Today’s French at FH

How To Say Question In French

Ask a Question – Today’s French

Comment poser une question en français ?

Basic questions in French

It is pretty easy to ask a basic question in French. It works the same way as it does in English.

Look at these three questions

  1. You have a room? …. Vous avez une chambre ? 
  2. Do you have a room? …. Est-ce que vous avez une chambre ?
  3. Have you a room? …. Avez-vous une chambre ?

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il est question de – French expression

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What does the French expression ‘ il est question de ‘ mean? How do you say ‘ it’s about ’ in French? How is it used in a sentence?

il est question de — it is question of. In everyday French, il est question de has 2 main translations: 'to be about', and it's the same as 'il s'agit de' and ‘to be thinking about (in the future)’.

  • « Dans cet épisode, il est question de magouilles politiques.  »
    • “In this episode, it is about political shenanigans.”
  • « Il est question de changer la peinture de la cuisine l’année prochaine. »
    • “We’re thinking of changing the painting of the kitchen next year.”
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Specific Adjectives – Today’s French at FH

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Specific Adjectives – Today’s French

A set of specific adjectives that aren’t that intuitive in French.

Voici des adjectifs précis qui ne sont pas forcément intuitifs en français.

Les régions

Western …. m/f …. occidental/e

Northern …. m/f …. septentrional/e

Les saisons

summery, about the summer …. m/f …. estival/e

autumnal, about the fall …. m/f …. automnal/e

À propos de

of, about the morning …. m/f …. matinal/e

La fréquence

weekly …. m/f …. hebdomadaire

yearly …. m/f …. annuel/le

leap year …. f …. année bissextile

every two weeks ….ø …. toutes les deux semaines

twice a month …. m/f …. bimensuel/le

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La galette des Rois – January 6 King Cake at FH

La galette des Rois - January 6 King Cake

About la galette

La galette des rois is traditionally served on January 6th. Galette des rois is often translated by King’s cake in English. Cake is a gâteau, not a galette. You do find gâteaux des rois at epiphany time in France. However, the galette with almonds is the one you’ll find in most bakeries, especially in Paris.

Click and learn about the French traditions around Epiphany and get the recipe for this fun King cake in French and in English.

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