Summer long gone! Back to school too!

Now is the time to put on your coat and brave the wind and rain, you can stroll in the capital of light emptied Paris from it’s heards of  tourists. You can still  recognize, timidely covered in their plastic pink rain cape, tourists, walking in the Marais towards Bastille. The season is past due, they known,  says their sorry eyes.

It’s when foreign residents  courageaously prepare the holiday season in French to impress their French in-law or significant other on Christmas day! Assisted by their teacher, they identify wines, foie gras, marrons glacés (glazed chesnuts), rehearse and then buy them all on their own. They will need that cheat sheet vocab list to shine:

  • Joyeuses fêtes [shoa yeuz fayt]: Happy Holidays
  • Joyeux Noël: Merry Christmas!
  • Qu’est-ce que tu fais (vous faîtes) pour Noël cette année?: What are you doing for Christmas this year?
  • Le Réveillonrepas de Noël: Christmas meal
  • Les cadeaux: gifts (un cadeau)
  • Les huitres, une huitre [lay zwee tr, oon whee tr]: oysters, an oyster
  • Une dinde: a turkey
  • Les marrons: chestnuts (when you eat them) or horse chestnuts (when on a tree, and if you are precise… a chestnut is really une châtaigne)
  • Une bûche de Noël: a Christmas yule log (a typical Christmas cake)
  • Un sapin de Noël: A Christmas tree (un sapin is a type of pine tree)
  • Une guirlande [gear land]: a garland
  • Une réunion familiale: a family reunion
  • Souhaiter: to wish

Their French As You Like It teacher will be there to catch their back and polish their oral expression!