Using proverbs in your French conversation won’t necessarily make you sound like a native but they’re good to know and can be useful.
Test your French with a giggle: le gendarme à la ferme. See if you can understand what happens when the gendarme gets too big for his boots at the farm
The word ‘pompier’ comes from the verb ‘pomper’ (to pump), referring to the manual fire pumps that were originally used at fires.
Test your French and Catalan language skills.
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…..
Test your French and have a giggle with this tongue in cheek joke about Ikea flat pack furniture. Vocabulary provided at the end.
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.
The Easter Omelette, or ‘Omelette Pascale’ is more than just a recipe in Catalonia – it’s a whole tradition!
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?
The french language often uses the verb ‘avoir’ (to have) in expressions where the english language uses ‘être’ (to be).