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Talk in French Podcast #16 – Bastille Day- 10 French Blunders made by English Speakers


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Here is the 16th session of  Talk in French Podcast!

You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. There is a button where you can download the Podcast.

In this episode:

– Some information about French Culture. I explain about Bastille Day and why it is not what you think it is. I also share my view on why we should not celebrate this day.
– Some French Words with an English Translation. Ideal when you cook, run, commute….
– A quick French Grammar Explanation. 10 false cognate and blunders make by English Speakers.
– Some French Expressions and their translation

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Articles and vocabulary Mentioned in This Session:


10 blunders (listen the podcast for more details):

Actuellement vs Actually

Actuellement = “at the present time”.

Actuall y= “in fact”  = en fait


Assister vs Assist

Assister = to attend something
To assist = aider
Attendre vs Attend

Attendre =  to wait for:

To attend =  see above


Caractère vs Character

Caractère = character or temperament of a person or thing:
Character = can also means this in english but it can be = un personnage.


Collège vs College

Le collège = junior high school / middle school

College (english) = université


Éventuellement vs Eventually

Éventuellement = possiblyif need be, or even

Eventually = finalement / tôt ou tard.


Finalement vs Finally

Finalement = eventually or in the end

Finally = enfin or en dernier lieu.


Gros vs Gross

Gros =s bigfatheavy, or serious:

Gross means grossierfruste, or (informally) dégueulasse.


Librairie vs Library

Une librairie refers = a bookstore

Library =une bibliothèque.


Réaliser vs Realize

Réaliser means to fulfill (a dream or aspiration) or achieve. To realize means se rendre compte deprendre conscience de, or comprendre.

Rester vs Rest

Rester = to stay or remain

To rest= se reposer


Especially / en particulier


Anglicisme. Ly = ment (e.g: parfaitement = perfectly). But especiallement does not exist in French.


Fameux= famous

Fameux means famous. But it is rarely for someone or a place. We prefer to use the word connu (well-know) or célèbre . Fameux is a bit old fashion but you can use it in literature.

Listen the french grammar point for more information.

French Words in the Podcast

  • la tarte – pie
  • le gâteau aux carottes – carrot cake
  • le gâteau au fromage – cheesecake
  • les bonbons – candy
  • les biscuits -cookies
  • la crème anglaise -custard
  • la crême glacée – ice cream
  • les croissants au beurre – butter croissants
  • la tarte aux pommes – apple pie
  • les gaufres – waffles

French Expression in the Podcast

  • C’est douteux – It’s doubtful
  • Il ne s’est jamais mieux porté. – He’s never been better.
  • Je t’y prends ! – I’ve got you!
  • Que faire ? – What is to be done?
  • Rien à faire – It’s hopeless,

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About the Author Frederic Bibard

Frederic Bibard is the founder of Talk in French, a company that helps french learners to practice and improve their french. Macaron addict. Jacques Audiard fan. You can contact him on Twitter and Google +

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