Monthly Archives: May 2017

Saying “Hello and Goodbye”

The first thing you should know in French is how to say “Hello”.

Like in English, there are different greetings for different times of the day. Here you can find out what to say when.

In France, it is polite to address someone you don’t know as “Monsieur” (Sir), “Madame” (Mrs) or “Mademoiselle” (which is now not legally used anymore – translated Miss).

SAYING HELLO

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Salut => this is how to say “Hello” to your friends. It can also mean “Good Bye” Here Les potes translates “Friends” in a more familiar way than “les amis”.

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Coucou => this is how to say “Hello” to your closest friends. “Toi” translates “you“.

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Bonjour => this is more polite and means “Good Day“.

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Bonne journée => this is how you wish per se “Good day” to someone. It translates “Have a good day“.

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Bonsoir => this is how you say “Good evening” to someone.

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Bonne soirée => this is how you wish “Good evening” per se to someone. It translates “Have a good evening“. Here “Tout le monde” translates “everybody“.


SAYING GOODBYE

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Au revoir” & “À bientôt” respectively mean “Good Bye” and “See you again“.

PS: Not putting the accents on the A and O is a spelling mistake that loads of frenchy french do.

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Bonne nuit => you say it last thing at night.

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Adieu => it’s a farewell greeting which is rarely used now except in romantic books and movies 😉

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À demain => meaning “See you tomorrow!

À tantôt => old version of “À bientôt“.

Hope you enjoyed your first French lesson!

Frenchychic

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Top 5 funny facts about the Bretons

As a proper Parisian, we like stereotyping our co-citizen… And here I am starting with our Bretons… Finish with Politics! Let’s have some fun!  #happyfriday !!! #justforfun.
Enjoy!
1) In Brittany, it rains all the time!

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Well, it does not rain all the time. I can certainly say that the Bretons have less sunshine that the rest of France. A bit like at his cousin Great Britain.
2) All Bretons are alcoholic

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How could they be alcoholic if they only drink cider?
3) All Britons wear a Bigouden

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Et alors? Bretons are launching a trend.
4) In Brittany, we only drink cider!

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Well? How much cider does it take to get drunk? At least we are not pissed after two glasses of wine like our friends in Bordeaux.
5) Bretons only eat crêpe (pancakes)!

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Breakfast: crêpe with sugar, crêpe in maple syrup. Lunch: ham-cheese crêpe. Dinner: crêpe with foie gras … Et alors??? On adore….
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#happyfriday #frenchchic #frenchattitude

Corporate Tax or L’impôt sur les sociétés

Well, corporate tax is impôt sur les sociétés which literally means “Tax on the companies”.

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PS: one of the highest in the world. I am sure the new president will take care of it like Trump in the USA. 🙂

Frenchie

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Congratulations Mr. Macron!

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Emmanuel Macron was elected France’s youngest president last Sunday. Beating far-Right rival Marine Le Pen in a positive result (more than 3/4 of votes) that will have far-reaching consequences for Brexit and Europe. Despite the vast margin of the final result, Le Pen’s score nonetheless marked a historic high for the French far right. She has taken 11m votes, double that of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, when he reached the presidential run-off in 2002 against Mr. Chirac.

The results are even more dramatic in London were more than 95% of French Londoners voted for Mr. Macron.

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Though Mr. Macron called for unity, hundreds of protesters gathered in the Place de la République last Monday to demonstrate against him. The reality that one-third of voters chose neither Macron nor Le Pen, with 12 million abstaining and 4.2 million spoiling ballot papers.

Despite her defeat, Le Pen’s score made her leader of “the biggest opposition force” in France which gives a whole new face to French politic.

Now, new challenges are heading up for Macron, with a strong hard left and far right, he will struggle to win a parliamentary majority for his new political movement En Marche! (On the Move!). We wish him all the best and hope for the best future for My Douce France, Le pays de mon enfance.

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