Podcast #37 How the French Celebrate Christmas

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December 14, 2014

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Bonjour, this is Frederic and I would like to personally welcome you to the thirty-seventh episode of the Talk in French Podcast!

This podcast is intended for beginner to intermediate French language learners and French culture enthusiasts. For advanced level learners, I also have an all-French Podcast which you would probably enjoy more. You can check the Advanced Podcast here. 

In this episode:

- Some information about French Culture. How the French celebrate Christmas?

- Some French Words with an English Translation. Ideal when you cook, run, commute....

- Learn some French words with a double meaning: Avoid this common mistake made by some English Speakers in French?

- Some French Expressions and their translation


What's in this Podcast?

French Travel and Culture

Discover some interesting aspects of French travel and culture.

Vocabulary and Expressions

Learn useful French vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.

French Grammar Explanation

Get to know important grammar points and learn how to use it.


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French Vocabulary Included in this Episode:

la souffrance  suffering
la maladie  illness
le traitement  treatment
les urgences  A&E (UK), ER (US) 
les horaires de visite  visiting hours
l'urgence  emergency
le docteur  doctor
le chirurgien  surgeon
l'infirmier  nurse

French Expressions from this Podcast Episode:

Etre comme l'âne de Buridan  to be unable to choose between alternatives
Éclairer la lanterne To enlighten somebody
Attaquer bille en tête He didn't beat about the bush
Ca passe ou ça casse sink or swim it
Avoir un cheveu sur la langue to have a lisp
La gueule de bois  hangover

Confusing French Words with a double meaning

  • Un bureau: a desk or an office
  • Voler: to fly or to steal
  • temps - can refer to both "time" and "weather"
  • Prier: to pray or to beg
  • Une feuille: a leaf or a paper
  • Chercher: to search or to look for
  • Jouer: to act or to play
  • Une langue: a tongue or a language
  • Une pièce: a room or a coin or a piece or a part
  • Un verre: a glass or a lens
  • Bleu: blue or a bruise

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About the author 

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 Instagram

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