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French Friday

A weekly post on anything French; published every Friday.

Normalement – The Word That Packs A Punch

Normalement As English speakers it’s an obvious choice for the translation of normally and in most circumstances you can say normalement to mean exactly that. Such as in these examples: Normally/Usually/Properly/Ordinarily/Traditionally “Voilà il respire normalement” – “There we go, he’s breathing normally” “Est-ce qu’on peut se parler normalement?” – “Can we talk to each other normally?” And to mean usually: “Normalement, […]

Having “La Flemme” Is Not What You Think

Avoir La Flemme, Ça Veut Dire Quoi ? No you haven’t stumbled on to a post about colds, flus and other illnesses. It’s Friday and that means it’s time for your weekly dose of French picked up from living in France. Avoir la flemme is a widely used oral expression meaning to feel lazy, to not be […]

The 3 Forms of Penser – So many ways “To Think”

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to the weekend! This week I want to talk about the French verb penser and the 3 ways in which it can be used. To the untrained eye they can be appear quite similar but it’s important to choose the right one to […]

Tellement… que…

One common word in France that I hear a lot is tellement. It can mean a few things but basically it emphasises something, be it a noun, adjective, or act as an adverb. Here’s an example: It’s so hot today that I need an ice cream. Il fait tellement chaud aujourd’hui que j’ai besoin d’une glace. […]

How to say “makes sense” in French

This week on French Friday I want to tell you all something very useful and something you’ll want to say very often when speaking French. Are you ready? It’s “that makes sense” and “does that make sense?”. Even after 18 months I’m still using this one regularly. It’s one of those where you can’t just use […]