“Like”, “OK”, “selfie”, and other English words used in French

A woman takes a selfie. The photo is shot from behind the phone so that her face is covered by it.

Parlez-vous anglais ? If so, believe it or not, you already know a surprising amount of French vocabulary! Thousands of French words are similar to or exactly like their English equivalent. In many cases, that’s because French influenced the development of the English language. But there’s also the fact that over the past century or so, borrowing the …


French New Year: 5 Traditions and Phrases You May Not Know

A woman or girl, who we see from the mouth, down to the lower torso, wearing a black dress, holds a lit sparkler towards the camera and smiles.

As December winds to an end, you may find yourself thinking about New Year’s…and maybe even how to say it in French. Let’s look at all things New Year’s in French and France, from New Year’s greetings, to some French New Year’s traditions you may not know about! Why is New Year’s important in France? …


6 French Christmas traditions that might surprise you

A table set with two mostly full champagne flutes and some apperitifs, with a branch of some sort of evergreen plant in a glass car and a lit white candle in another,much larger and wider glass jar as the centerpiece.

The holiday season is upon us, which means you might be wondering what it’s like to celebrate Christmas in France. Many French Christmas traditions are the same or similar to Christmas customs and celebrations around the world, but a few might surprise you. From songs, to Santa, let’s look at what it means to celebrate …


How To Say “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” in French

A holiday wreath of green pine, with golden acorn and white star decorations.

Ho, ho, ho, Christmas decorations are appearing in the streets of France, people are in a festive mood and Christmas shopping is in full swing. But how do you say “Merry Christmas” in French? And while we’re in the holiday spirit, how do you say “Happy New Year” or “Happy Hanukkah” in French? How about …