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ceinture

Ceinture de Sécurité (sen-tur) noun, feminine seat belt In the historic town of St. Maximin, where visitors from all over the world come to see the relics of Mary Magdalene (behind thick glass in the town's basilica) I prepare for a short périple.* The tree-lined parking lot in front of our centuries-old village home is complet,* all... Read more →


cabane

La cabane de Fontouse in the French Alps at Queyras la cabane (ka-ban) noun, feminine 1. hut, cabin, fort; shed 2. jail, clink, slammer ............ Listen: Hear my son Max pronounce the word cabane Download cabane2.wav ............... Expression: en cabane = in the slammer/clink (jail) Also: la cabane perchée = tree-house la cabane en rondins = log... Read more →


allumer

A chalet in the French Alps at Queyras Allumer (a-lew-may) to light In a rustic hamlet nestled into the French Alps at Queyras, we drank café-au-lait from gigantic ceramic bowls, slathered homemade confiture de mûres over thick slices of buttered bread, and talked about what a good night's sleep we had just had. The French were fibbing,... Read more →


épouvantail

Queyras, the French Alps (where even French scarecrows know how to tie a scarf). un épouvantail (ay-poo-vahn-teye) noun, masculine 1. scarecrow 2. fright verb: épouvanter = to terrify, scare (someone) Also: épouvantable = dreadful, frightful épouvantablement = dreadfully, frightfully; appallingly ................... Listen: Hear the word épouvantail pronounced Download epouvantail2.wav .................. Expression: être habillé comme un épouvantail =... Read more →


congé

The sleepy French village of Comps sur Artuby congé (kohn-zhay) noun, masculine 1. vacation (British: holiday); leave 2. discharge, dismissal 3. authorization, permit Hear the word congé pronounced: Download conge.wav .................... Expressions: congé sans solde = unpaid leave congé (de) maternité = maternity leave congé de maladie = sick leave en congé = on vacation (British: on... Read more →


ennui

When the French get bored... Parc Asterix un ennui (ah-new-ee) noun, masculine 1. boredom, tedium 2. worry, problem, trouble ..................... Listen Hear "ennui" pronounced: Download ennui.wav ..................... Expressions: Quel ennui! = What a nuisance! (Also, "What a bore!") les petits ennuis = little annoyances avoir des ennuis = to have problems, to be in trouble créer des... Read more →


rallonge

Papa Poule in full tourist mode (Italy, 2003) une rallonge (rah-lonzh) noun, feminine 1. an extension cord 2. a leaf (to extend a table) 3. an extension arm, piece ............ Listen Hear pronounciation of "rallonge": Download rallongejm.wav ............ Also: une table à rallonge(s) = an extendable table une rallonge d'argent = some extra money une histoire à... Read more →