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成 Skunk – French Story + Translation

By John H. - updated on Jan 11, 2021

Practice French with a fun and lively French story about an unfortunate skunk encounter – it’s a situation a lot of you may be familiar with! French story, audio, hide/reveal English translation / French story vocabulary.

1 Practice French with a French Story + Audio

To study French with this beginner level story, try working with the audio and not with the French transcript.

Listen to the audio a couple of times, then learn the French English vocabulary, then listen again. Only check out the translation if you absolutely need to.

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2 French Story Vocabulary

  1. Un putois: a skunk.

I have to add here that Ive learned after this post that there was a difference between un putois which is brown and lives in Europe, and une mouffette which is the American black/white skunk. They both stink :-)
I didnt know, and its a common mistake since P矇p矇 the skunk is P矇p矇 le Putois, and not P矇p矇 la Mouffette !!
Here is a picture of des putois, as you can see, they are quite a different animal. So sorry for the translation error in this post but as I said, it is a VERY common mistake.

  1. un buisson: a bush
  2. un aboiement: barking
  3. une odeur pestilentielle: a putrid smell
  4. un tuyau darrosage: a hose
  5. Jai entendu dire que: I heard that
  6. le pipi: pee
  7. la chasse: hunting
  8. emp礙cher: prevent
  9. le mien: mine
  10. d矇m矇nagement: moving
  11. une de leur tani癡re: one of their dens
  12. un pi癡ge: a trap
  13. rel璽cher: to free
  14. son ex-femme: his ex wife

3 French Story

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Ce weekend jai achet矇 un nouveau barbecue et pour f礙ter 癟a, on a invit矇 les voisins d簾ner chez nous. Mais quand ils sont arriv矇s nos chiens ont trouv矇 un putois qui se cachait sous un buisson.

This weekend, I bought a new barbecue and to celebrate, we invited our neighbourgs over for dinner at our place. But when they arrived, our dogs found a skunk hiding under a bush.

Soudainement il y a eu beaucoup daboiements, et une odeur pestilentielle

All of a sudden, there was a lot of barking and a putrid smell.

Jai pris un tuyau darrosage et jai projet矇 de leau sur les chiens et le putois, pendant que mon pauvre d簾ner br羶lait sur le barbecue Et puis jai essay矇 de sauver le d簾ner pendant que ma femme lavait les chiens dans la douche. (Si vous avez besoin de la formule pour laver les chiens apr癡s une rencontre avec un putois, vous pouvez me demander. Jai beaucoup dexp矇rience)

I took a garden hose and threw water on the dogs and the skunk while my poor dinner was burning on the barbecue And then I tried to save the dinner while my wife was washing the dogs in the shower. (If you need the formula to wash dogs after meeting a skunk, you can ask me. I have a lot of practice )

Jai entendu dire quun bon moyen pour faire partir les putois est de mettre du pipi de renard, dours ou de coyote dans le jardin (vous pouvez en acheter dans les magasins de chasse). Les putois le sentent et ils ont peur car ils croient quil y a un pr矇dateur.

Ive heard that a good way to get the skunks out is to put fox, bear or coyote pee in the garden (you can buy it at hunting stores). The skunks smell it and they are afraid because they believe there is a predator.

Mais moi, je nen avais pas. Alors, jai essay矇 de faire pipi dans le jardin pour emp礙cher larriv矇e des putois Mais ils nont pas eu peur de moi, et ma femme na pas beaucoup aim矇 癟a. Je lui ai dit que peut-礙tre son pipi ferait plus peur aux putois que le mien. Elle na pas ri.

But I didnt have any. So, I tried to pee in the garden to prevent the skunks for coming But they were not afraid of me, and my wife did not like it very much. I told her that maybe her pee would scare the skunks more than mine. She did not laugh.

Lundi matin au moment o羅 je suis parti pour le travail, un de nos chiens est encore rentr矇 avec lodeur de putois. Cet apr癡s-midi l, jai appel矇 une entreprise de d矇m矇nagement de putois

Monday morning when I left for work, one of our dogs came home again with the smell of skunk. That afternoon I called a skunk moving company

Peut-礙tre vous pouvez imaginer un sp矇cialiste de putois dIdaho (?) Cest un homme qui na pas beaucoup damis (vous avez vu le film Caddie Shack ? Il est comme Bill Murray). Cest un homme tr癡s int矇ressant. Il sait tout ce quil y a savoir sur les putois. Il pense comme un putois

Maybe you can imagine an Idaho skunk specialist (?) Hes a man who doesnt have many friends (did you see the movie Caddy Shack? Hes like Bill Murray). He is a very interesting man. He knows everything there is to know about skunks. He thinks like a skunk

Il a trouv矇 une de leurs tani癡res sous notre terrasse et il a plac矇 des pi癡ges lentr矇e. Il en a plac矇 dautres dans le jardin, et dautres encore dans le jardin de notre voisin. Je dois les v矇rifier tous les matins, et faire attention ne pas laisser sortir mes chiens ni mes chats.

He found one of their dens under our patio and set traps at the entrance. He placed some more in the garden, and more in our neighbors garden. I have to check them every morning, and be careful not to let my dogs or cats out.

Quand il attrape des putois, il les emporte dans une ville voisine et il les rel璽che. Ma femme pense que son ex-femme doit habiter l-bas.

When he catches skunks, he takes them to a nearby town and releases them. My wife thinks his ex-wife must be living there.

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Can You Understand Todays Spoken French?

Its not just slang. The French everybody speaks in France today is NOT the overly enunciated, extremely formal French usually taught to foreigners.