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More and more people enjoy taking a cruise (une croisière) in Europe. After we explore the French cruise vocabulary, Steve will share his cruise experience with us in this lively French English bilingual story, and then he'll list the pros and cons of traveling on a cruise.
Today I decided to help you discover a selection of some nice covered markets in Paris, very popular with Parisians in the middle of the nineteenth century. But before strolling in those first malls, let’s see first the vocabulary of the different French names to designate streets, avenues….
"la galette des rois" the French king cake is traditionally served on January 6, a Christian holy day called Epiphany, and mostly known as the 3 wise men visit to baby Jesus. In France the tradition of serving this puff pastry and almond cream tart can be traced back to the 14th century. A small porcelain figurine (la fève) is baked inside the cake and whoever receives the little favor is then crowned king/queen for the day. So don't chew too hard in this delicious pastry, and save your teeth!!
In French, we call New Year's Eve "La Saint-Sylvestre" (pronounced "la sin(nasal) seal vay str") or "Le Réveillon du Nouvel An". Celebrated during the night of December 31st, we usually party with friends and/or family, in a more or less formal way. Let's see what French people do on New Year's Eve and learn the vocabulary.
Christmas in France is a very important holiday, and is usually celebrated whether you are Christian or not. First, I'll give you an extensive list of French Xmas vocabulary, including Xmas decorations, religious and traditional Christmas vocabulary... Then I'll answer many Christmas in France related questions, including truth and myths about the French Xmas meal, on what day do the French celebrate Xmas. You will also enjoy a recorded bilingual Christmas dialogue, a video of Leyla singing a carol, Xmas French recipes and more!