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GUEULE DE BOIS
Right. Let us look those words up. Gueule= mouth, muzzle, face ( informal). Bois= wood. Gueule de bois means face/mouth of wood?! Now, think of situations when you’ve felt like having a ” wooden” face or a”wooden” mouth… You are right. Hangover. Trop de vin rouge la veille! Funnily enough, bois also means ” you […]
AVOIR LE CAFARD
I will start with a direct translation. ” To have the cockroach” Now, what do you think this means? To see some unexpected guests in your kitchen? To notice something pretty disgusting? No. Avoir le canard actually means to be depressed!
Which “face” to save while communicating?
Negative and positive politeness strategies. Do not worry. Positive here does not mean good, and negative does not mean bad. It is about what “face” we want to save when communicating. According to Brown and Levinson politeness theory, positive face is our desires to be liked, admired, ratified, referring to self-esteem, while negative face is […]
Когда рак на горе свистнет/when pigs fly/ Quand les poules auront des dents/ Wenn Fische fliegen lernen/ Quando gli asini voleranno/ Cuando meen las gallinas/ Quando as galinhas tiverem dentés
To express something improbable to happen, many languages use different animals and unlikely actions. In England, pigs might fly. In France and Portugal, hens grow teeth, in Spain and Italy, they pee! ( Latin languages definitely have something important with hens…) In Germany, fish might fly. In Russian they give the full context though: “when […]
AVOIR LA PATATE
Literally it means, “To have a potato”. I remember hearing it for the first time in the following context: “Le grand-pere a la patate”! Naturally, I thought of potatoes from the grandfather’s vegetable garden. But not at all. The grandfather was just full of energy! By the way, the word “patate” for “potato” is rather […]
6 tips to learn a foreign language
Learn a little bit every day. Many studies show that we remember better studying a little bit every day than hours once a week. A Russian proverb says: Повторение- мать учения. ( Repetition is the mother of studying”. It is absolutely right. Repeat, repeat and repeat. Watch films, listen to the radio, read books, even […]
“ Casse-croute” is such a truly authentic French expression that you can only expect the best of French style and cuisine in a place named like this. Casse-croute means “ a snack” or “a snack bar”, but do not expect a light meal there. When you enter the place, white and red checked napkins on […]