Before the French revolution in 1789, around 80% of the French population lived off the land, on a diet based around bread and cereals.
The word ‘pompier’ comes from the verb ‘pomper’ (to pump), referring to the manual fire pumps that were originally used at fires.
If you’re lucky, once you get to the airport, there isn’t really that much to say: hand over your boarding pass, glide through security (if you’re not wearing an underwired bra), and settle down with a large G&T to await take-off. However, sometimes it doesn’t all run quite so smoothly, particularly in winter, and its useful to have a bit of local lingo to find out what’s going on.
The first round of the 2017 French presidential election will be held on 23 April 2017. Following closely on the heels of Britain’s Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US president, it will be interesting to see just what kind of politician France will choose for its new president. Here is some vocabulary to help you to follow the French Elections.
If the language barrier leaves you looking more like Olive Oyl than Oliva Newton John when you visit the hairdressers, pop eye, I mean pop in to see Samantha, English speaking hairdresser in Cabestany or Phillipe Morales of Argelès….or arm yourself with this useful hair and beauty vocab before setting off for your makeover.
Useful vocabulary to help you through the festive period
…………. card – une carte de Noël
…………. day – le jour de Noël
…………. dinner – le Réveillon
…………. tree – le sapin
It could be a #pingcall, in which you are connected to an international hotline which charges just for connecting, along with high per-minute fees for as long as they can keep you talking. Caller ID will look as if the call is coming from 01, 02, 04 etc instead of the expensive 0 899. These charges will show up on your bill as premium services. (surtaxée.)
Help – Au secours! I need an ambulance – J’ai besoin d’une ambulance It all happened very quickly – Tout s’est passé très vite I‘ve had an accident – J’ai eu un accident A witness…
Useful Vocabulary Les vagues – waves La houle – swell Une marée basse/haute – low/high tide Les moutons – white horses Le littoral – coastline Les algues – seaweed Une bouée – rubber ring Un seau — bucket Une pelle — shovel Un râteau — rake Un coup de soleil – sunburn…..
Bread! The good food of life. The much loved staple of France. Boulangeries are plentiful, always busy and often with customers spilling out on to the street. Bread of all sizes and shapes, from the humble paysanne to the elite light as a feather baguette. Its importance cannot be doubted and its participation in the French Revolution an historical fact!