French Culture


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The French school system explained

This is always a problem for my students. Understanding the French school system, l'école française, knowing which grades are which is a real nightmare. So here is a post that should make things easier. I wrote the equivalent grades in the US school system, and the age of the students for reference.

French Today on Twitter

French Vocabulary for Twitter - Vocabulaire Français pour Twitter

Twitter's interface is still in English - so of course, the French are very likely to use English words to talk about their actions on Twitter. But here is a vocabulary list - it's interesting mostly to see the articles and therefore the gender of the new word, like "un tweet". The pronunciation is English with a French accent!

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Le 14 juillet, la Fête Nationale Française - Bastille Day

Le 14 juillet est la Fête Nationale en France : c'est une journée de célébration de la culture française. De nombreux événements publics ont lieu: des défilés militaires, des repas de commune, des danses, des fêtes et de nombreux et grandioses feux d'artifice. Mais que font vraiment les Français ce jour-là ?

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La Cathédrale de Reims - Learn French In Context

Située à l’est de Paris dans la région Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (prononcez "Rince" = R, "IN" nasal et un S a la fin) est une ville qui a un patrimoine riche et divers. L’histoire de la ville est étroitement liée à celle de la France et on verra beaucoup de rappels de cette histoire si on se balade dans la vieille ville.

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Canadian French - Le Sirop d'Erable

Puisque le Québec est le seul pays francophone qui produit du sirop d’érable, il a développé un vocabulaire spécialisé immense au sujet de l’acériculture (culture et exploitation du sucre d’érable). Le sirop d’érable est souvent appelé le sucre d’érable, ce qui est prononcé : suc’ d’érab’

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Les fêtes foraines - carnivals and fun fairs in France

Each summer, roving carnivals/ fun fairs seize the villages of la campagne française (French countryside). Children love it, adults are usually a bit mad at all the mess it brings (limited parking, noise etc…). They usually last for about a week, and come for special dates, very often around the Quatorze Juillet (AKA La Fête Nationale, but never referred to as "le jour de la Bastille"), but sometimes also take place around the town's Saint patron day.

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D-Day ("Le Débarquement")

June 6th is a pretty special day.  It's the anniversary of D-Day and as both a French and US citizen, it definitely has double the impact on me.

French Today On Pinterest

French Vocabulary for Pinterest - Vocabulaire Pour Pinterest

Pinterest's interface in France is still in English. So French people using Pinterest are going to use English words, with a strong French accent. However, the French also use some French words - they may prove useful when following a conversation about Pinterest in French.