Wednesday, November 28, 2012

French 101 - Grands Débutants

As we continue to learn French, it is amazing how many words we come across that are similar in English, yet different in meaning.

                          English Meaning                                   French Meaning

Encore          Additional performance                             Simply means, "again"

Commode     Toilet                                                          Dresser

Entré             Main course of a meal                                Entrance or enter

À la mode     With ice cream                                            Fashionable

Did you know that RSVP comes from the French words, répondez s'il vous plaît which means "please respond"? I always wondered what the letters actually stood for.

Some French words we use in English all the time include: faux, cliché, au contraire, sauté, à la carte, décor (just to name a few). 

What a fun journey it is to learn a new language. At times, it can be frustrating or confusing, but I'm thankful the Lord has given us wisdom and a sense of humor to get through the rough moments. We are enjoying this process and preparing ourselves for only 2 1/2 more weeks of class. I'm not sure how much more we can cram in our heads these last two weeks, but we're going to try.

In other news, l'hiver a commencé (winter has begun).

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