Le mauvais temps: Weather Vocabulary

Le mauvais temps

The autumn has been here for some time now and the weather it has brought inspired me to post some interesting expressions related to (not so nice) weather.

Check how well you know the French expressions related to bad weather.  Some of them are similar to the English ones, others are a bit funny and surprising. How many of them do You know ?

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10 Popular French Sayings

Popular French Sayings

It’s always fun to drop some common saying during a conversation. I always get the impression that I sound more natural and “native-like’ whenever I use one of these. But let’s cut to the chase, here are 10 very popular French sayings and their English equivalents.

How many of them do you know ? Try to guess and check how well you know the French language !

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Le petit prince: Chapitre 1.1

The Little Prince Audiobook in French

Le petit prince: Premier chapitre (seconde partie)


Mon dessin ne représentait pas un chapeau. Il représentait un serpent boa qui digérait un éléphant.

J’ai alors dessiné l’intérieur du serpent boa, afin que les grandes personnes puissent* comprendre. Elles ont toujours besoin d’explications.

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Names of Countries in French: Masculine Feminine Articles

Masculine Feminine Definite Articles with the Names of Countries in French

When evoking the names of countries in French, you will usually use a definite French masculine, feminine or plural article (le / la / les) to go with it.

It means that when speaking about a specific country, let’s take France and Germany for example, you will need to say ” l’Allemagne” but not “Allemagne” and “la France” and not just “France”. Example:

  • A: Quel est le nom du pays à l’est de la France ? What’s the name of the country east of France ? 
  • B: C’est l’Allemagne. It’s Germany. 

However if you are interested in expressing in French the idea of going to a country, city or continent (Eg. Je suis à Paris, Je vais en Russie, Je vis aux Etats-Unis), you should check the “à”, “en” and “aux” lesson.

When Use the Definite Article ?

In general, you must use a definite article in front of the names of countries, continents, mountains, seas, lakes and rivers. Some of the frequent usage examples:

 

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Lesson 11: Asking For Information

In this lesson you will learn how to approach people in the street and ask politely for information. You will learn the vocabulary related to travel and you will also be introduced to the French conditional. The content of this lesson corresponds to A2 CEFR level of French. Enjoy !   Asking for information = demander des renseignements

Dialogue

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Excusez-moi, je suis perdu. Pourriez-vous m’aider, s’il-vous-plaît ?  
Bien sûr ! Comment je peux vous aider ?
Pourriez-vous me montrer sur la carte où je suis?
Nous sommes ici, à cet endroit.
D'accord. Merci beaucoup.

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