Word of the Week: ‘appuyer sur le champignon’

First of all, for any British readers, I wish you a very happy May Bank holiday! 🙂 And in keeping with the spirit of the blog (or if you’re reading this from France), bonne fête du Travail!  This week, I’ve chosen an expression that comes up among my all-time favourites (mainly because it sounds so…

Word of the Week: ‘isoloir’

Bonjour mes choux! As well as being St George’s Day, yesterday also saw the voting process get underway in mainland France for the first round of the country’s presidential election this year, after citizens of overseas French territories went to the polls on Saturday.  Described by The Guardian as ‘unpredictable‘ and ‘an exceptionally tight race‘,…

Word of the Week: ‘une cloche’

Joyeuses Pâques à tous! 🔔 Happy Easter everyone!! 🐰 As it’s lundi de Pâques (Easter Monday) today, I thought it would be nice to have an Easter-related word this week 🙂  In English-speaking countries, the Easter bunny (or le lapin de Pâques, if you will) is in charge of making sure all of the chocolate…

Word of the Week: ‘canicule’ 

After an unusually sunny weekend (where parts of Britain were apparently hotter than the south of France!!), I bring you our latest mot de la semaine – ‘canicule’!  Word of the Week: Une canicule.  How to pronounce it: Can-ee-cool.  What it means in English: A heatwave.  Where does it come from? According to this definition…

Word of the Week: poisson d’avril

Last Saturday (1st April) was April Fools’ Day, the one day where trickery, mischief and the art of pulling off the most creative prank possible is celebrated.  So in honour of April 1st (and to show my solidarity for any unsuspecting April Fools who put up with any practical jokes at their expense), here’s a…

Word of the Week: ‘chou’ 

A couple of weeks after ‘cornichon‘, let’s have a look at ‘chou’, another vegetable-themed word.  Word of the Week: Chou.  How to pronounce it: Shoo.  What it means in English: While ‘chou’ commonly translates into English as ‘cabbage’, it can also mean ‘cute’ or it can be used as a term of endearment,  like ‘sweetheart’…

Word of the Week: ‘hérisson’

This week, let’s have a look at the word ‘hérisson’ which, as well as being one of my favourite French words, also happens to be one of my favourite animals.  Word of the Week: ‘Hérisson’.  How to pronounce it: Ay-ree-sohn.  What it means in English: Hedgehog.    Where does it come from? The word ‘hérisson’…

Where to find the best macarons in London 

The beginning of next week, March 20th, marks the twelfth celebration of International Macaron Day, which started in Paris in 2005 as a way of raising money for charities.  The idea came from French baker Pierre Hermé, who started the tradition by offering a macaron to customers visiting his shops in return for a financial donation. …

Word of the Week: ‘cornichon’

Word of the Week: This week, we’ve got ‘cornichon’ coming up.  How to pronounce it: Kor-nee-shohn.  What it means in English: You’ll most likely see it written on restaurant menus as a tasty burger accompaniment, along with tomatoes and lettuce. Any guesses yet?  It is, of course, the gherkin. (Sorry if I’ve offended the sensibilities…

6 crêperies you must go to in London 

Shrove Tuesday may have been and gone, but did we ever really need a reason to justify eating a stack of pancakes (or crêpes) fresh out of the frying pan?  Obviously, there is only one answer to this: non.  And if you thought that you had to cough up for a Eurostar ticket to find…

Word of the Week: ‘appeler un chat un chat’

Today, I’ve decided to look at the French translation of ‘to call a spade a spade’ – mostly because it gives me the chance to go a bit overboard with cat photos.  Hope you like this week’s mot de la semaine! And as always, if you’ve enjoyed reading it, please feel free to share this…

5 French books you must read!

As it was World Book Day last week, it seems timely to write a post on French literature, so I’ve put together a guide here to French books that you must read.  All of the books mentioned here can be found on US and UK Amazon (and of course French Amazon) and in good bookshops. …