French lesson: question of the day #18

  Well, in French, the word for “a watch” is “une montre“, and in Spanish, it is “un reloj“. What is interesting is that in Spanish, they use the same word for “a watch” & “a clock“. In French, “a clock” is “une horloge“.

French lesson: question of the day #17

In French, we talk about “une vague” when it comes to the ocean, but “une onde” in science. In Spanish, it is very much the same, they talk about “una ola” when it is in the ocean, but “una onda” in science. Note that “a microwave” is “un micro-onde” in French, and “un microondas” in […]

French lesson: question of the day #14

  In French, “a stroller” is “une poussette“, but in Canada, they call it “un carrosse“, which in France means “horse-drawn” coach or carriage, that word conveying the sense of “royal carriage“, so pretty funny to hear that word used for a stroller 🙂 In Spanish, the simply call it “un cochecito” (little car).

French lesson: question of the day #13

Most people know the French say “de rien” for “You’re welcome, but few know we also say “Il n’y a pas de quoi” knowing that when we speak fast, we will completely drop the initial “Il”. In Spanish, it is the word for word translation of what we say in French: “De nada” (“of nothing”).

French lesson: question of the day #11

  “Caisse épargne” is French for “Savings bank“. They actually use the same word in Spanish: “Caja de ahorros“. “Epargner” is a bit of an old word we still use for “to save” (money). It is also use for “to spare” (someone).  

Question #9

Well, the French will use the word “fainéant” even more than “paresseux”. In Spanish, you can also use the words “flojo” or “holgazán”. You can also use “flojo” as a noun to say “Es un flojo”. Come back tonight for the answer!

Question of the day #8

  Canadians call “socks” “des bas”, which in French from Europe means “stockings”. “Socks” in Europe are called “chaussettes”. In Spain, a car is called “un coche” while in Latin America, they mostly call it “un carro”.

Question of the day #7

  Accent circonflexe is used to show there used to be an “s” after the accent circonflexe in old French. It is an “s” you still see in some English and Spanish words. It can also be the case of some accent aigus such as “étudier” (estudiar = to study & un étudiant = a […]

Question of the day #6

Well, the answer can be very confusing for a native speaker! I will tell you a little story to give you the answer. I met my first good French Canadian friends about 2 years ago. One day, they called me and asked me if I wanted to come over for “dinner“. I said “Sure, what […]

Question of the day #5

  Both the French & the Spanish verb have the same root in the latin verb: “disjejunare” which means “to stop” or “to break the fast”. The verbs “jeûner” and “ayunar” mean “to fast”.  This will bring us to tomorrow’s question of the day regarding the names of meals in French & Spanish.

Question of the day #3

    Find out the answers tonight! 10:40 pm P.S.T: Well, we can also say “marrant” for “drôle” (funny). It was originally colloquial, but it has become mainstream with time. The reflexive verb “se marrer” has remained colloquial, is very much used, and means “to laugh” or “to have fun”. Latin Americans don’t use the […]

Question of the day #2

  In France, the word for “birthday” is “anniversaire“, but in Canada, they call it “une fête” as in “party” or “celebration”. “Fête” is also a saint’s day in the Catholic calendar, so it is always very strange to hear Canadians talk about their “fête”. So of course, to say “happy birthday”, they won’t say […]

Question of the day #1

The days of the week in French & Spanish come from the planets of our solar system: – Lune (Moon) – Mars – Mercure – Jupiter – Venus – Saturne – Dies Dominica = Day of the Lord   In English, 5 days of the week come from Germanic or Anglo-Saxon gods: – Moonday – […]

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