What we’re learning in November on Immersion Help

 

Below is a sample of the November section of the program. For the full stories and full audio, see our French Immersion Help program.

Le Jour du Souvenir

Un coquelicot: a poppy    Une couronne: a crown   Un soldat: a soldier   etc.

Le Singe et les Fruits

Une pomme: an apple     Une poire: a pear    Un raisin: a grape    etc.

 Les Insectes

Un papillon: a butterfly     Une abeille: a bee     Une coccinelle: a ladybug   etc.

 

Les Vêtements

Vocabulary related to basic clothes:Une chemise: a shirt    Un chandail: a sweater   Une chaussette: a sock  etc.

Une Main

Vocabulary related to the human body:

Une main: a hand    Un bras: an arm   Une jambe: a leg   etc.

 

Please stop saying “couci couça”!

Bonjour

I’m not sure where you learn “couci couça” but every (!) FSL student seems to have retained that one expression. Many times, that’s all that’s left from several years of French lessons. Please allow me to say this, at the risk of schocking many of you: no one really says that in France anymore. You might have heard it but that doesn’t make it common, or cool 🙂

Okay, that’s enough, I got it out of my system, now let’s move on to what you should actually say. And it’s simpler than couci couça or comme ci comme ça, which is also seldom used.

Salut/bonjour, comment ça va? (Hi, hello, how are you?)
1) ça va, et toi? / bien, et toi? (I’m fine, and you?)
2) ça peut aller/ on fait aller / pas trop mal (couci couça, alright but not super great)
3) super!
4) pas terrible ( not great at all)
5) ça va pas du tout (I’m not good at all)
6) pas mal (not bad)

There you have it. A collection of simple words that will make you sound like someone who actually lived in France.

 

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A collection of common expressions

On this page, I will share some expressions that can be used by French Immersion students and others to add colour to their French.

First expression, to get this page started:

“On n’est pas sorti de l’auberge!” Translating to “we’re not out of the woods”. The only difference is that “woods” is replaced by “inn” in the French version. As is often the case, there is no definite answer to how the expression originated. It is a very common expression in (Parisian as they say) French.

French expressions involving colours

Faire une nuit blanche: literally, to have a white night. It means to not sleep at all during the night. The origin of that expression is thought to have come from a tradition from the Middle Ages. The night before their knighting ceremony, squires had to spend a sleepless night to confess and pray. They spent their night all dressed in white.

He loves me, he loves me not

FleurEver wonder what “he loves me, he loves me not” was in the language of love? Well, probably not but today I will share with you the slightly more sophisticated French version. See, we like to have some nuances in our lives, it’s not all black and white so we added some grey to the flower-ripping ritual. It goes like this: il/elle m’aime: un peu, beaucoup, à la folie, pas du tout. Which translates to: he/she loves me: a bit, a lot, like crazy, not at all. The result? better odds to loved, at least a little…