French Culture


Asking Someone Out on a Date in French

How To Ask Someone Out on a Date in French

Finding the courage to ask someone out on a date is not easy... let alone trying to find the right words in French. Here is my lesson on asking someone out in French.

heart in hands, loving couple in Paris, France

Joyeuse Saint Valentin ! Valentine's day in France

Le 14 février, c'est La Saint Valentin, la fête de l'amour et des amoureux. Careful though - unlike English cultures, Valentine's day in France is only for people "in" love, not just loving/friendship gestures.

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Les Crêpes de la Chandeleur - Recipe

Crêpes (sort of French thin pancake) are a very common food in France and are not only easy to make but can be served any way you want. This allows the whole family to eat exactly the crêpes that they want…

Learn French Sex Vocabulary

French Sex Vocabulary and Expressions

French Sex vocabulary and expressions are used all the time in movies. Books don't cover this topic but I think it will be very helpful to adult students to understand French Sex Vocabulary, and know which words NOT to use to avoid huge faux-pas.

Doggy Bag in French

The French Doggy Bag = "Le" Doggy Bag, "Le Gourmet Bag"

There has been a lot of talks about doggy bags in France: do the French use doggy bags at all? Is it impolite to ask for a doggy bag in France? Is it customary? And most of all, how do you say doggy bag in French: what is the French translation? "Sac à toutou"?

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French King Pie Recipe and Traditions - La Galette des Rois

In France the tradition of serving this puff pastry 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!!

The casual acceptance of smoking was common place when the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout became nationwide more than 30 years ago. The first national Great American Smokeout was in November 1977. This quarter century has brought about dramatic changes in the way society views tobacco use. Approximately 46 million adults in the United States currently smoke, an estimated half will die prematurely from diseases considered smoking related.  November is also Tobacco Awareness Month.  Ramstein Air Force base’s Health and Wellness Center hosts many ways for Airman and their family’s to kick the habit, to include Smoking Speciation classes, Behavioral Classes and tobacco free nicotine substitutes to assist with cravings that may otherwise sabotage a smoker’s attempt to quit. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Perry)

How To Make New Year's Resolutions in French

The new year is upon us, and of course, part of the tradition is to make New Year's resolutions (les bonnes résolutions du nouvel an). Here is a list of vocabulary and constructions used for New Year's resolutions in French + examples.

How Do You Celebrate New Year in France

New Year in France - la St Sylvestre

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.