Tag: Culture

The FCC Staff's Favorite Chants de Noël

Cette année il faut renoncer à la coutume de chanter des chants de Noël en groupes dans les rues et dans les magasins. Cependant, nous…

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Getting into the Holiday Spirit

It’s the holiday season! It may be hard to get into the spirit this year but we’ve got you covered! Ingrid, Clémence, and Natalie propose…

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Mots français sans équivalents anglais / What I meant to say is....

Apprendre une langue étrangère, c’est s’ouvrir à une nouvelle culture, découvrir de nouvelles façons de dire les choses, de s’exprimer et parfois même cela aide à mieux comprendre les comportements. J’ai sélectionné pour vous 10 mots français qui n’ont pas de traduction littérale directe en anglais.

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Business French, Part 2- Essential French Expressions to Use in the Workplace

If you normally write your professional emails in English you know there are several set phrases when communicating with colleagues and clients. Today we offer the French equivalent of these sentences; read along and let us know if we missed your favorite!

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Monuments Historiques #4: La Tour Eiffel

Then Paris began the construction of the Eiffel Tower in January 1887, and finished it March 31st, 1889.  The purpose of this tower was to…

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Monuments Historiques #1: L'Opéra Garnier

We all know that the Parisian cityscape is filled with beautiful architecture and landmarks.  Think the Eiffel Tower, think Arc de Triomphe, think Les Invalides.…

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Struggling to Translate Some English Words into French? Here's Why

Have you noticed that when you try to translate some of your English words there just doesn’t seem to be the "mot juste." Here is a list of words in English that don’t seem to have an exact French equivalent.

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Business French, Part 1- Salutations and Closings

In part 1 of our Business French series, we are providing you with several salutations and closings the French use when writing more formal letters and emails. Whether it’s a letter to a potential employer or an email cementing a partnership, these words and phrases will come in handy again and again!

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Chocolate: Belgian versus Swiss

According to The Daily Meal, Americans buy 58 million pounds of chocolate in the 7 days leading up to Valentine’s Day. But where does all…

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La Chandeleur

Sunlight, abundance, celebration. Not words you typically associate with February. And while February 2 is Groundhog Day in the US, a day when we check…

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