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portefeuille

The Tuesday market in Lorgues (southeast France) le portefeuille (pohr-tuh-fuhy) noun, masculine 1. wallet, billfold, pocket-book; portfolio .............. Listen Hear the word portefeuille: Download portefeuille.wav ..................... Expressions: avoir un portefeuille bien garni = to be well-off mettre la main au portefeuille = to fork out (money) ............................. Citation du Jour: L'homme a perdu son âme et la... Read more →


façon

Max (last on right, green shirt) and friends playing Boules la façon (fa-sahn) noun, feminine 1. way, manner Hear today's word pronounced: Download facon.wav ................... Expressions: de toute(s) façon(s) = at any rate, anyway sans façon = unpretentiously faire des façons = to make a fuss ......................... Citation du Jour: La façon la plus rapide de mettre... Read more →


gratter

Je gratte, tu grattes, ils grattent... chickens in the Luberon (photo by JM) Your book orders are helpful in maintaining this French language quotidien.* Thank you for visiting the "Books" section in the right hand column. gratter (gra-tay) verb 1. to scratch or scrape 2. to strum (guitar) 3. to strike (match) Hear the verb gratter pronounced:... Read more →


marrant

The town of Trans-en-Provence marrant,e (ma-rahn, ma-rahnt) adjective 1. funny 2. odd Hear my son Max pronounce "marrant" and "marrante": Download marrant.wav ............... Expressions: C'est un marrant = He's a scream Ce n'est pas marrant = It's not funny ..................... Citation du Jour: C'est marrant, je m'entends bien avec tous mes ennemis. Ce sont eux qui ne... Read more →


une bête

Jackie (toasting with her papa) une bête (beht) noun, feminine 1. an animal; a bug adjective: stupid, silly, foolish, idiotic Hear the word bête pronounced: Download bete.wav Also: une bête à bon dieu = a ladybug une bête féroce = a wild animal ..................... Expressions: une pauvre petite bête = a poor little guy/thing une bête noire... Read more →


le fleuve

A bridge in Callas, France (similar to the one in today's story) un fleuve (fluhv) noun, masculine 1. river adjective: lengthy, interminable Hear the word "fleuve" pronounced: Download fleuve.wav ................... Expressions: un roman-fleuve = a saga (novel) un discours fleuve = a lengthy speech ......................... Citation du Jour: Le temps est comme un fleuve, il ne remonte... Read more →


une collation

Jean-Marc une collation (ko-lah-syon) noun, feminine 1. a snack, light meal Hear the word collation pronounced: Download collation.wav French synonyms: un en-cas, un goûter, un quatre-heures, une bouchée, le casse-croûte ......................... Citation du Jour: La vie n'est pas un restaurant mais un buffet. Levez-vous pour vous servir. Life is not a restaurant but a buffet. Stand up... Read more →


la laine

la laine (len) noun, feminine 1. wool Hear today's word: Download laine.wav ..................... Expressions: tirer la laine = to steal se laisser tondre la laine sur le dos = "to allow oneself to be fleeced" (to let people take advantage of you) ......................... Citation du Jour: La raison rétrécit la vie, comme l'eau rétrécit les tricots de... Read more →


pagaille

Shutters "en pagaille" in Bagnols-en-Forêt (Var, France) une pagaille (pah-geye) noune, feminine 1. a mess, shambles, chaos Hear the word pagaille: Download pagaille.wav ............................ Expressions: quelle pagaille! = what a mess! mettre la pagaille = to mess things up ............................. Citation du Jour: Il vaut mieux avancer dans la pagaille que piétiner dans l'ordre. It is better... Read more →


aubade

aubade (oh-bahd) noun, feminine 1. dawn serenade 2. French lingerie company with a popular advertising campaigne involving a series of lessons on seduction--see today's story ............................... A Day in a French Life... * Encounters with a two-timing noun * You could say she led a double life. By day, she stalked me along every French street, especially... Read more →