French Practical Guides

French idioms can be fun to learn. They often say a lot about French culture too. What other culture has so many idioms to do with bread?
Do you sometimes find though that French idioms are bewildering? You know all the individual words, but together they don’t seem to make any sense. While you can make a pretty good guess that’ la cerise sur le gâteau’ means ‘the icing on the cake’, what do you understand when you hear someone described as ‘haut comme trois pommes’? As tall as three apples? It’s perhaps no more bizarre than the equivalent English idiom, ‘knee-high to a grasshopper’, but the meaning is not immediately obvious.
Here are some amusing French idiomatic expressions with their literal translations. See if you can match each expression with its real English meaning.
READ MORE http://booksfrench.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/french-idioms-game/

French idioms can be fun to learn. They often say a lot about French culture too. What other culture has so many idioms to do with bread?

Do you sometimes find though that French idioms are bewildering? You know all the individual words, but together they don’t seem to make any sense. While you can make a pretty good guess that’ la cerise sur le gâteau’ means ‘the icing on the cake’, what do you understand when you hear someone described as ‘haut comme trois pommes’? As tall as three apples? It’s perhaps no more bizarre than the equivalent English idiom, ‘knee-high to a grasshopper’, but the meaning is not immediately obvious.

Here are some amusing French idiomatic expressions with their literal translations. See if you can match each expression with its real English meaning.

READ MORE http://booksfrench.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/french-idioms-game/

The recent French Senate elections concerning about half the seats in‘le Sénat,’ the Upper House of the French Parliament, may have dominated the headlines for a few days, but the French, in general, were not particularly interested.
This was partly because the result, the loss by the left, ‘la gauche’, of its majority in ‘le Sénat’ was predictable. The French don’t vote directly for their senators who are elected by ‘les grands électeurs’, regional and local elected officials. ‘La gauche’ had won a majority in the Upper House for the first time in the history of the 5th Republic in 2011. However, in the local elections earlier this year, the right, ‘la droite’ made sweeping gains. The outcome of elections decided by many of these recently elected officials was never in doubt, hence a certain lack of suspense… READ MORE
https://booksfrench.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/french-senate-parliament-elections/

The recent French Senate elections concerning about half the seats in‘le Sénat,’ the Upper House of the French Parliament, may have dominated the headlines for a few days, but the French, in general, were not particularly interested.

This was partly because the result, the loss by the left, ‘la gauche’, of its majority in ‘le Sénat’ was predictable. The French don’t vote directly for their senators who are elected by ‘les grands électeurs’, regional and local elected officials. ‘La gauche’ had won a majority in the Upper House for the first time in the history of the 5th Republic in 2011. However, in the local elections earlier this year, the right, ‘la droite’ made sweeping gains. The outcome of elections decided by many of these recently elected officials was never in doubt, hence a certain lack of suspense… READ MORE

https://booksfrench.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/french-senate-parliament-elections/

The French love food. They also love talking about it. Conversations around the dinner table inevitably include lively discussions about the dishes served, comparisons with other meals eaten elsewhere, suggestions as to how to prepare certain dishes and even a few comments as to just what could be done to vary the taste. A guessing game as to exactly which ingredients have been included is often the highlight of this conversation. The person who successfully identifies the elusive spice or herb will earn the admiration of all the other guests.
It’s not surprising, with so much attention paid to food, that idiomatic expressions concerning food and meals abound in the French language. Every vegetable and fruit seems to evoke an idiom. If it’s the end of the beans, ‘c’est la fin des haricots’, it’s the last straw. If the carrots are cooked, ‘les carottes sont cuites’, it’s all up. If something is in the cabbages, ‘être dans les choux’ it’s a write-off…
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The French love food. They also love talking about it. Conversations around the dinner table inevitably include lively discussions about the dishes served, comparisons with other meals eaten elsewhere, suggestions as to how to prepare certain dishes and even a few comments as to just what could be done to vary the taste. A guessing game as to exactly which ingredients have been included is often the highlight of this conversation. The person who successfully identifies the elusive spice or herb will earn the admiration of all the other guests.

It’s not surprising, with so much attention paid to food, that idiomatic expressions concerning food and meals abound in the French language. Every vegetable and fruit seems to evoke an idiom. If it’s the end of the beans, ‘c’est la fin des haricots’, it’s the last straw. If the carrots are cooked, ‘les carottes sont cuites’, it’s all up. If something is in the cabbages, ‘être dans les choux’ it’s a write-off…

READ MORE ON http://booksfrench.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/conversations-dinner-french/

Do the French still pour scorn on British food?  The answer is yes and no.
Many French people still cringe when they evoke memories of school visits to England. Say the word ‘jelly’ and a look of horror will appear on their faces. Soon you will hear tales of bright green peas flavoured with mint, sandwiches for nearly all meals and that nightmare of British culinary culture; boiled meat.
READ MORE http://booksfrench.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/french-cuisine/

Do the French still pour scorn on British food?  The answer is yes and no.

Many French people still cringe when they evoke memories of school visits to England. Say the word ‘jelly’ and a look of horror will appear on their faces. Soon you will hear tales of bright green peas flavoured with mint, sandwiches for nearly all meals and that nightmare of British culinary culture; boiled meat.

READ MORE http://booksfrench.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/french-cuisine/

The all-in-one language and culture guide to French food, it features hundreds of tips, anecdotes and insights about French cuisine plus the essential French words and phrases.
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The all-in-one language and culture guide to French food, it features hundreds of tips, anecdotes and insights about French cuisine plus the essential French words and phrases.

More info :

http://www.linguaproduction.com/kolibri/en/news-books/53-food-and-french.html

For learners of French and the many travellers fascinated by France and French life, this is an original new collection of pocket-sized guides. Each Pocket Guide is topic based providing insights into French life as well as help with key aspects of the French language. Easy to consult and extremely practical, the Pocket Guides are priced at12.95€ (£9.99 - 14.95$). More titles are planned for 2014.
http://www.linguaproduction.com/kolibri/en/books/pocket-guide/keys-to-france.html

For learners of French and the many travellers fascinated by France and French life, this is an original new collection of pocket-sized guides. Each Pocket Guide is topic based providing insights into French life as well as help with key aspects of the French language. Easy to consult and extremely practical, the Pocket Guides are priced at12.95€ (£9.99 - 14.95$). More titles are planned for 2014.

http://www.linguaproduction.com/kolibri/en/books/pocket-guide/keys-to-france.html

At Kolibri Languages we were very pleased to receive the November issue of Living France. This is an extremely popular magazine in the UK with lots of information about France for Francophiles. To our delight there was a very warm and positive review of our three Practical Guides on page 83 of the current issue. …
http://www.linguaproduction.com/kolibri/en/news-books/48-living-france.html

At Kolibri Languages we were very pleased to receive the November issue of Living France. This is an extremely popular magazine in the UK with lots of information about France for Francophiles. To our delight there was a very warm and positive review of our three Practical Guides on page 83 of the current issue. …

http://www.linguaproduction.com/kolibri/en/news-books/48-living-france.html

French audio practical guide to discover France and French language

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Special Summer Offer
Take advantage of our Special Summer Offer. Download the free apps Kolibri Languages for iPad, iPhone and Android devices and purchase Kolibri Languages Practical Guides at special launch prices.

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Special Summer Offer

Take advantage of our Special Summer Offer. Download the free apps Kolibri Languages for iPad, iPhone and Android devices and purchase Kolibri Languages Practical Guides at special launch prices.

7,99€   8.99$  £5.99

http://www.linguaproduction.com/kolibri/en/books/apps-android-ios.html

The Kolibri Languages app exists for the iPad and iPhone as well as for Android devices. Test its ease of use by downloading free sample pages from each of the Practical Guides, including audio clips, before opting to purchase. You can also sign up to receive more tips for Francophiles as the series expands.
AVALAIBLE ON http://www.linguaproduction.com/kolibri/en/books/apps-android-ios.html

The Kolibri Languages app exists for the iPad and iPhone as well as for Android devices. Test its ease of use by downloading free sample pages from each of the Practical Guides, including audio clips, before opting to purchase. You can also sign up to receive more tips for Francophiles as the series expands.

AVALAIBLE ON http://www.linguaproduction.com/kolibri/en/books/apps-android-ios.html