Let’s say you’ve covered the basics of French grammar and have built up a small vocabulary, but you have trouble actually using it.
The English word bless would be bénir in French, whereas their word blesser is to injure.
Part three of our series on faux amis - these false friends will always be tricky for students of both French and English.
How good is your French? Not only do some words mean something totally different but the use of phrases and sentences too. We continue our journey into the confusing world of faux-amis.
Les quelques mots prononcés, dépourvus de leur sens, s’imprègnent des fantasmes de l’interlocuteur, nourris par sa culture personnelle, et dans le cas présent font de moi l’emblème de Paris et du ménage à trois
When an English-speaking person says they don’t speak French, they in fact use around 1500 French words without realising it.
"You're so... nationalistic," he said. "Patriotic," I corrected, but the comment stuck with me and made me think a lot about what differences outsiders really notice once they get a taste of a new culture.
So you don’t really understand classic French expressions? Not to worry, we're here to dissect and help you understand the expressions anchored in the language of Molière.
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Don’t understand classic French expressions? Not to worry, My French Life™ will dissect these sayings anchored in the language of Molière for you.