French words in the English language

French words in the English language

Vocabulary

There are a lot of French words in the English language. Some of them have been imported a long time ago, some more recently. Most of them have...

elk, moose, reindeer, etc.

elk, moose, reindeer, etc.

Vocabulary

Recently, I had a lot of discussions with students and other people about what was the difference between an elk, a moose, a reindeer, etc. This...

Bilingualism: Good for the brain

Bilingualism: Good for the brain

Culture

Bilingual education is controversial in the United States, but a growing body of research shows that regularly speaking two languages comes with...

if, when, in case, ...

if, when, in case, ...

Grammar

A discussion about "if" ended with a list of different words that can be used to indicate a condition: if (si) in case (au cas où) unless (sauf...

past simple: doubling of final consonants

past simple: doubling of final consonants

Grammar

That really amazes me: even after teaching for so many years, I'm still discovering new things... For instance, last Friday I was teaching a...

"Les origines des langues"

"Les origines des langues"

Culture

I just bought this magazine at the local newsagent: "Les cahiers de Science et Vie", N° 118 Août/Septembre 2010, Les Origines des Langues." Very...

"English for poetry....."

"English for poetry....."

Culture

Following up on my previous article, where I mentioned the "Académie Française", I just want to mention Maurice Druon (who died in 2009). Mr...

The Queen's English Society

The Queen's English Society

Culture

This society wants to do something similar to the "Académie Française"; that is to decide what is correct English and what isn't. Personally,...

Not only ... but also...

Not only ... but also...

Grammar

In one of the texts we read during a lesson was the following sentence: "Look, not only do we have a major error on our hands, but we're also...

Limericks

Limericks

Culture

I love limericks, they are very cleverly written poems. Just a few examples: A gourmet dining at Crewe Found a rather large mouse in his stew....

false friends (2) : to control, to demand

false friends (2) : to control, to demand

Vocabulary

Two very common false friends : 1) to demand - exiger (Fr) to ask - demander (Fr) He demanded a refund = Il a exigé un remboursement. 2) to control...

As

As

Vocabulary

As is a small word, with lots of different uses: 1) "comme" (preposition) He works as a carpenter. Il travaille comme menuisier. 2) "comme" You...

sport

sport

Vocabulary

French is easy in this respect, you can almost always say "faire de" + sport, for instance "faire du vélo". In English it is a little more complicated....

Comparison USA - Germany

Comparison USA - Germany

External links

OK, so this is a little off-topic, but I think that this rather long article is really interesting. It's written by a German who currently lives...

présent simple

présent simple

Grammar

I have "discovered" that the French présent simple can be translated by loads of different tenses in English. 1) present simple J'habite en France....

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