The Ultimate Guide to the French Days of the Week – With Audio

Lundi French for monday

Many of you reading this are probably at least a little familiar with the French days of the week. Maybe you even have them down pat. But what do these days mean to people in France and other Francophone countries? And how do you talk about days of the week in French? Neither answer is …

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16 Ways to Say Congratulations in French (And Sound like a Local)

congratulations in French

During my year studying abroad in Paris, I had a course on French films that was a real challenge. When I got back my final essay, the professor looked at me with a smile.  Chapeau, he said. My face must have looked blank. Why had he said “Hat” to me?  I wracked my brain – …

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Bonjour and beyond: How to say hello in French

hello in French

Ask just about anyone how to say “Hello” in French, and they’ll know. Bonjour is one of the most famous greetings in the world. Regardless of what language you watch it in, the untranslated word is even used to set the scene in the iconic opening song of Disney’s animated “Beauty and the Beast”!  But …

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Nsfw: What Does Putain Mean? and Why You May Not Want to Use It

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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31 Words French People Use to Say Good Night and Talk About Sleep

good night in French

We often think of the French as masters of living well, with excellent cuisine, lots of vacation days, and a general joie de vivre. But like most stereotypes, this one isn’t exactly true.  For one thing, the French have a problem that you’ll find in most developed countries: As a recent story on the news …

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