19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire once wrote Le beau est toujours bizarre. (The beautiful is always bizarre). Although he wasn’t talking about the word beau itself, he might as well have been.

How do you say “beautiful” in French? Here’s the bizarre answer!

19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire once wrote Le beau est toujours bizarre. (The beautiful is always bizarre). Although he wasn’t talking about the word beau itself, he might as well have been. Beau and its feminine form, belle, mean “beautiful” or, depending on the context, “handsome”.  That seems pretty straightforward. But the more you use … Read More

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

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 … Read More