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jamais deux sans trois

                                      Je (coeur) les cabanons, et vous?

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Jamais deux sans trois (zhah-may-deuh-sahn-twah) expression

    : never two (catastrophes) without three

A Day in a French Kristin Espinasse

The French have a saying in regards to bad luck: jamais deux sans trois ("never two without three"). Leave it up to me to test this numbers theory...

And so Tuesday began with a flat tire and, by Wednesday, my book manuscript had disappeared... into the mishap mire! What could possibly happen next?

(À propos "never two without three"—et quatre et cinq et six!—we'll talk about those disasters vendredi.)



Salon de Talk Talk

Because comments are the best part of French Word-A-Day, we are assigning them (that is you!) their own column. Welcome to Salon de Talk Talk. Nothing literary here... just us (we?) language and life lovers chatting by the fireside (or poolside, depending on the weather, chez vous). Won't you join us now to continue this conversation in the comments box? Here we can discuss the word of the day, talk about the story, ask & answer each others questions about France and French life, or simply share what is on our France-friendly mind!


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French Vocabulary & Audio File
note: the audio file feature will return on Friday...

Je (coeur) les cabanons, et vous? = I (heart) cabanons, and you?; à propos = in regards to; et quatre et cinq et six = and four and five and six; le vendredi (m) = Friday; chez vous = in your area

 "Lucy Je T'Aime" Lucy I Love You. Comment on this photo.


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