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un volet

Volet - Shutter (c) Kristin Espinasse 

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le volet (vo-lay) noun, masculine
  1. shutter
  2. constituent (politics)
  3. (folding) section, part (of leaflet, program)

A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse

The shutter outside my window flaps open, then closed, open, closed... CLACK CLACK CLACK! CLACK CLACK CLACK! I finally get up to latch it, then to steal back into bed for a sleep in. That's when the second shutter begins its flapping... Ah, v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n.

(an update from Spring Break 2010 in Serre Chevalier)


Words in a French LifeBlogger Espinasse has taken a step backward in the evolution of media by converting selected contents of her Web log into a book. Beginning students of conversational French will profit from many of these brief entries, and supplemental tables of expressions go far to demystify French idioms for anyone wishing to speak and write more fluent French. —Booklist

trié sur le volet = hand-picked
trier sur le volet = to choose with care
ouvrir/fermer les volets = to open / close the shutters
sortir/rentrer les volets = to lower / raise flaps (aviation)

Citation du Jour:
L'homme a ce choix: laisser entrer la lumière ou garder les volets fermés.
Man has this choice: to let the light enter or to keep the shutters closed.
--Henry Miller

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