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casse-croûter

Photo: (summer 2003) my mom, my son & the verb casse-croûter. Just for fun, a very informal verb for you today from the popular noun 'le casse-croûte' (snack, quick lunch). casse-croûter (kass-kroo-tay) verb 1. to take along a bite to eat; to eat quickly and informally Hear today's word (compliments of my ten-year-old, Max):Download casse-crouter.wav Citation du... Read more →


le ouistiti

The Bar de la Marine in Marseilles... For those of you who like to photograph people, today's popular French word will be a nice change from the predictable "Say cheese!" approach. le ouistiti (we-stee-tee) noun, masculine 1. "cheese!"* (not the kind you eat!) [as in "Souriez sur la photo"-or-"Smile for the photo]* --from the way the lips... Read more →


une aiguille

My son, Max, who was recently in a school play... une aiguille (ay-gwee) noun, feminine 1. needle Hear today's word: Download aiguille.wav (Special thanks to Jean-Marc!) Also: une aiguille de glace = an icicle une aiguille de pin = a pine needle ................... Expressions: de fil en aiguille = "from thread to needle," one thing leading to... Read more →


le truc

A café in Nice Don't forget about the new feature at French Word-A-Day: a sound clip! Just click on the link under today's definition to hear the word pronounced. le truc (trewk) noun, masculine 1. way, trick 2. thing 3. thingamajig, hootenanny Hear the word "truc": Download Truc.wav Terms and Expressions: Monsieur Truc = Mr what's his... Read more →


une paille

A little cabanon in Vidauban (Var). Special thanks to Jean-Marc for recording the pronunciation of "paille". Click on the link below to listen to the word. une paille (pie) noun 1. straw (hat) 2. straw (drinking) Hear today's word: Download paille.wav Expressions tirer à la courte paille = to draw straws être sur la paille = to... Read more →


un biscuit

A school in Aix-en-Provence. le biscuit (bee-skwee) noun, masculine 1. cracker, wafer, cookie [from bis = twice, and cuit = cooked] ....................................... Expressions and Terms: le biscuit salé = cracker le biscuit de savoie = sponge cake le biscuit de chien = dog biscuit Proverb: Il ne faut pas s'embarquer sans biscuit. Don't embark without biscuits. A... Read more →


embêter

embêter (om-behtay) verb 1. to bother, to worry; to pester; to annoy; to bore Also: s'embêter = to be bored Expressions: ne pas s'embêter = to have fun ne vous embêtez pas avec ça = don't worry about it s'embêter comme un rat mort = to bored as a dead rat Citation du Jour S'embêter, c'est s'insulter... Read more →


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la lunette

My husband, Jean-Marc, and son Max last summer... ......................................................................................................... Words in a French Life: "...a heart-winning collection from an American woman raising two very French children with her French husband in Provence, carrying on a lifelong love affair with the language." ........................................................................................................... la lunette (lew-net) noun, feminine 1. telescope 2. les lunettes = (pair of) glasses 3.... Read more →