If you’re lucky, once you get to the airport, there isn’t really that much to say: but 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.
Test your French and have a giggle with this tongue in cheek joke about Ikea flat pack furniture. Vocabulary provided at the end.
Did you know that grève also means sandbank or pebbly beach and actually comes from Place de Grève, a flat and sandy area on the banks of the River Seine in Paris (now Place de l’Hôtel de Ville)?
Learning any foreign language can be an uphill slog. We all learn differently and what works for one may not necessarily work for another. Take a look at our top 5 suggestions for learning French at every level!
Another silly joke with French English vocabulary at the end.
There are loads of different ways of improving your French. We all learn differently, and as we grow older, one of the greatest blocks to learning is memory. And yet many of us can still sing along to new songs – and remember the words!
Can you find the English equivalent of these ‘faux amis’?
Marc Anfossi , Parisien writer, wrote this poem when he came to Amélie-les-Bains to take the waters in January 1912.
There are two forms of the present tense in English – I play / I am playing. In French, there is only one. How well do you know how to use it?
The arrival of spring is a great motivation to get out the paint brush or saw….and get DIY-ing, but do you know what to ask for when you realise at the last minute that you are missing that ‘absolutely-can’t-finish-the-job-without’ screw, nail or spanner?