la ficelle
un cadeau

un trombone

A wee addition to yesterday's "Reference" section: un string (m) = underwear (of the thong type)

un trombone (trawn-bon) noun, masculine
  1. trombone  2. paper clip

Also: tromboniste = "un joueur de trombone" (trombone player)

Citation du Jour:
L'amour ne sert jamais à transformer les autres. Il n'est que l'instrument de notre propre transformation.

Love never serves to transform others. It is none other than the instrument of our own transformation.
--Michel Conte

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A Day in a French Life...

Recommended Reading: don't miss the story, now a book, that originally accompanied this edition, along with the following French vocabulary:

un trombone (m) = paper clip; une astuce (f) = a trick; assistante maternelle = teacher's assistant (also child caregiver); la fermeture éclair (f) = zipper; le goûter (m) = snack; un ticket de cantine = a lunch ticket; dégoûté = disgusted; un fruit, par exemple = a fruit, for example; la maîtresse = teacher; plusieurs = several; la maman-poule (f) = mother hen

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