What does “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?” mean – and do the French actually say it?

a couple holding hands and drinking coffee

Before you started learning French, there’s a phrase you might have already been familiar with: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir? A quick online search will show you you’re not alone. You’ll easily find dozens of stories of tourists or French students spouting out this question, sometimes without even knowing what it means, and always …

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The many secrets of the French phrase C’est bon

Macarons - c'est bon!

When you’re learning a language, some phrases seem like a dream come true, easy to understand and translate. C’est bon is one of those, as its name coincidentally implies. Or, rather, it can be.  Let’s take a closer look at this phrase that’s often confused with its cousin, c’est bien, and whose meaning ranges from …

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Where do people speak French – and what do they sound like?

map of french speaking countries in the world

“Regarde cette vidéo!” (Watch this video!) a friend from Quebec told me, holding up her phone. “Tu vas rire!” (You’re going to laugh!) But I didn’t laugh. I didn’t understand a word of what was being said, even though the people on the screen were speaking French. The problem was, they weren’t speaking the French …

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These Are the Best French Movies for French Learners

Learn French with these best French movies

No matter how motivated and interested you are in learning a language, let’s face it: sometimes all that memorizing and practicing can be boring. Luckily there are some genuinely helpful things you can do to practice your French that are also actually fun – like watching movies. Exposing yourself to the sounds of a language …

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Why Do the French Say Putain so Much? (And How to Use It Right)

Meaning of Putain, the French's favorite curse word

Have you ever had  a moment when you felt like you really, truly had become French? One of mine was the time I was having a bad day and then dropped something on my toe and hollered “PUTAIN!” That’s not a joke. As an English-speaker, I tend to utter pain- and frustration -induced obscenities in …

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What Is a Typical French Breakfast like – and Why?

why is French breakfast so light? Essentially, it comes down to this: lunch is the most important meal of the day for the French.

“French breakfast”: The phrase might conjure up an Instagram-worthy image of a croissant on a pristine white plate, an espresso in an equally pristine mug beside it.  Instagram isn’t reality, but this image actually isn’t too far from the truth.  A typical French breakfast is light, sweet, and fairly simple. Let’s find out why, and …

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