Ted-Ed: on the difficulty in translating “you”!

When asked about difficult words to translate, “you” would most certainly not top your list! However… As you will hear in this excellent video from Krystian Aparta, translating the simple pronoun “YOU” is not always as easy as it sounds!! It’s actually often impossible to accurately translate “you” without knowing more about the situation whereContinue reading “Ted-Ed: on the difficulty in translating “you”!”

Don’t miss the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017!

The biggest  festival of French films outside of France! Now in its 28th year, the AF (Alliance Française) French Film Festival is the biggest film festival in Australia but also the biggest festival of French films outside of France. Last year, the AF offered 2,450 sessions nation-wide with  a programme comprising 48 movies! This festival isContinue reading “Don’t miss the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017!”

The deliciously and politically incorrect french-bashing Mr Taylor

Let me introduce you to Paul Taylor. Paul is English. He grew up in France, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. He now lives in Paris and quit a job at Apple in order to perform stand-up comedy in both English and French. He created, wrote and starred his own show on Canal+ called “What theContinue reading “The deliciously and politically incorrect french-bashing Mr Taylor”

17 (good) reasons to learn French

    This week, I am passing on an excellent article from the Embassy of France in Wellington on 17 (good) reasons to learn French. If you have another good reason, feel free to add it in the comments below! 1. Learning one language is not enough In today’s world, speaking one foreign language isContinue reading “17 (good) reasons to learn French”

Do u want 2 Buy Sell Swap? The Lingo

Recently, I have become slightly addicted to the Facebook “Buy Sell Swap” pages and have been merrily selling and buying “vintage” (sounds so much better than “second-hand”) goods. I have, however, had to be on a lingo learning curve, as sellers or buyers do not waste time writing and use a myriad of abbreviations andContinue reading “Do u want 2 Buy Sell Swap? The Lingo”

40 useful French text message abbreviations

Call me old(-fashioned) but I just cannot get into abbreviating what I type! So, yes, it takes me for-e-ver…. When I see my kids’ texts, I am just amazed at this whole new language they seem to be using with such ease! And I feel very very old(-fashioned)… So here is a list of commonContinue reading “40 useful French text message abbreviations”

Mon cœur pleure…

  Il y a quelques jours, en France, à Nice, a eu lieu un nouvel acte terroriste. Un acte monstrueux, barbare, cruel. Cette atrocité a eu lieu lors des festivités traditionnelles et ô combien symboliques du 14 juillet : symbole de l’union fraternelle de toutes les parties de la France et de tous les citoyensContinue reading “Mon cœur pleure…”

2015 French new words – Les nouveaux mots français 2015

Le Petit Larousse et Le Petit Robert sont deux des dictionnaires français les plus populaires. The Petit Larousse and Petit Robert are two of the most popular French dictionaries.   Comme chaque année, ces dictionnaires ont accueilli des centaines de nouveaux mots et nouvelles expressions. Like every other year, these dictionaries have welcomed hundreds ofContinue reading “2015 French new words – Les nouveaux mots français 2015”

It is personal…

It happened again… This time, it targeted completely innocent people who were enjoying their lives, socialising, having drinks, listening to music, watching a football match. It targeted people who were just enjoying being free in a free country. The 13rd of November terror attacks were beyond words. Horrible. Shocking. Gutless. Being in Australia, so farContinue reading “It is personal…”

What is/Are your favourite words? Quel(s) est/sont votre/vos mot(s) préférés ?

Dear followers, As I am planning to write a post on your favourite words and why these words are your favourite, I need YOUR help!!! Can you answer this simple (or not!) question: What, in your language (or an other), is/are your favourite word(s) and why? You can answer in the comment section below or send me a messageContinue reading “What is/Are your favourite words? Quel(s) est/sont votre/vos mot(s) préférés ?”