Word of the Week: ‘la rentrée’ 

Bonsoir mes formidables lecteurs (et lectrices) ! 😊 In honour of Prince George (one of the newest members of the British Royal Family) starting his first day of primary school last week, I give you the latest Word of the Week: ‘la rentrée’ 🎒📖📚 Word of the Week:  La rentrée.  How to pronounce it: Lah…

Word of the Week: ‘avoir un polichinelle dans le tiroir’

Coucou mes lecteurs fidèles! 😁 (Sending a shout-out to my lovely faithful readers 😊)  Our mot de la semaine today comes courtesy of Britain’s royal family, as the news is just in that Wills and Kate are adding to their growing brood 🤴🏼👸🏻👶👶 …. and expecting the arrival of baby Cambridge number 3 sometime next year. …

Word of the Week: ‘lancer le bouquet’ 

Bonsoir tout le monde ! (And sorry this post is so overdue!)  I haven’t updated the blog so far this week as I’ve just come back from Italy, where my cousin’s been celebrating her wedding.  Here’s to another wedding-linked Word of the Week! 💍👰🏻🥂🎉 Word of the Week:  Lancer le bouquet. How to pronounce it:  Lahn-say…

Word of the Week: ‘formidable’ 

Bonsoir mes choux ! 🙂  Welcome to our latest Word of the Week, ‘formidable’.  Word of the Week: Formidable.  How to pronounce it: For-mee-dah-bluh.  What it means in English: It can be translated into English as  ‘amazing’, ‘great’ or ‘brilliant’.  Where does it come from? Wiktionary explains that ‘formidable’ was first used in French around…

Word of the Week: ‘les haies’ 

First of all, sorry for only just getting around to writing last week’s Word of the Week post! 🙈😳 To celebrate the World Athletics Championships (or, as the French press have called it, ‘Les Mondiaux de Londres’) held in London last week, our mot de la semaine is ‘les haies’.  Word of the Week: Les…

Word of the Week: ‘passer la bague au doigt’ 

My amazing cousin got married last weekend in London and, in honour of the occasion, here’s the latest Word of the Week!  Word of the Week: Passer la bague au doigt.  How to pronounce it: Pah-say lah bag oh dwa.  What it means in English: Literally meaning ‘to pass the ring to the finger’, a…

Word of the Week: ‘se dorer la pilule’ 

Although it’s now the last day of July (and we’re edging ever closer to shorter, colder days 😱), there’s a summery expression coming up for you all this week: ‘se dorer la pilule’.  For more Words of the Week, check out this link here.  Word of the Week:  Se dorer la pilule.  How to pronounce…

Word of the Week: ‘on n’a rien sans rien’ 

Word of the Week: Bonsoir my lovely readers!  I bring this to you from a hiking holiday in the Lake District (where, true to form, I’ve been doing a lot more eating than hiking! 😆)  This week, we have ‘on n’a rien sans rien’ – or what I now plan to keep on saying to…

Word of the Week: ‘pique-nique’ 

Whooops – sorry for the delay this week in publishing the Word of the Week! Can I use the heat as an excuse?! 😳 Word of the Week: This week, we’ve got ‘pique-nique’ as our mot de la semaine (one of my favourite activities to do in summer, or whenever the weather’s nice enough!)  How to…

Word of the Week: ‘ouistiti’ 

Yep, I know I say it (almost) every week, but this week, it’s a cracker – one of my all-time favourite French words 👍👍 Have a look here for more Words of the Week! 🙂  Word of the Week: Ouistiti.  How to pronounce it: Oo-ee-stee-stee.  What it means in English: Depending on the context, it…

Word of the Week: ‘une grosse légume’

This week, we’re looking at one of my favourite French expressions: ‘une grosse légume’.  Word of the Week: ‘Grosse légume’.  How to pronounce it: Grow-ss lay-goom.  What it means in English: Although it literally translates as ‘large vegetable’, it’s a French slang term that’s used to describe someone who’s very powerful or influential, a bit…

Word of the Week: ‘Enterrement de vie de jeune fille’ 

I first learned this phrase a few months ago, and have been trying (and failing) to shoehorn it in on the blog somehow ever since.  And now, dear readers, after going along to my cousin’s hen weekend a couple of weeks ago, I’ve got the perfect excuse 😉 Word of the Week: Enterrement de vie…