State auctions – Adjugé, Vendu! State auctions (les ventes domaniales) take place throughout France and are organised by the DNID, responsible for selling off a variety of state owned property, assets and estates..
Whether new to the region, or long time residents, there are several international organisations in the P-O providing links between nationalities. They help people to settle in, reply to questions and problems, and offer new skills and interests within a social, supportive environment.
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!
YOU MIGHT SAY……
Bonne Année !Bonne année et bonne santé….. Je te/vous souhaite une joyeuse année Tous nos (mes) voeux pour la nouvelle année Bonne et Heureuse Année Joyeuses fêtes ! Meilleurs vœux ! Que tous tes/vos voeux se réalisent en 2017
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
The Brits may have a bit of a boozy reputation but did you know that the French have a long tradition of rowdy toasts with body parts?
Coming from the word ‘l’envers’, (the reverse), Verlan is a well-known form of French slang which involves reversing the syllables. Many words of verlan are used quite regularly in everyday French, and not just by the kids!
Willing to brush up your French? ALFMED offers year-round semester programmes in Perpignan!
‘Des bonbons ou une farce’ is one way to beg for sweeties on Hallo’eve, ‘friandises ou bêtises’ is another……but as there is no literal translation, just about anything goes
Before the French revolution in 1789, around 80% of the French population lived off the land, on a diet based around bread and cereals.