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Why the French offer Muget during Labour Day

This tradition is about flowers. But not all flowers are good for the occasion, in fact only lilies of the valley are. That is why May Day is also known as the Fête du Muguet (meaning Lily of the Valley Day, of course) in France. The lily of the valley becames indeed a lucky charm that is […]

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The French town names that will make you look twice

If you’re a sensible person and don’t find towns with names like Condom to be amusing, then you should never have opened this story. If, like me, the thought of living in Orgy, central France, raises an eyebrow – then read on. But you have been warned, either way. So, here we are: Some of […]

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Kifaransa |’French’ words that aren’t really French at all

By: The local If you’re speaking French on a daily basis, chances are that you are actually using several Arabic words – probably without even knowing it. French is strongly influenced by Arabic. Only Italian and English have influenced the French language more. Roughly 500 French words come from Arabic, and about 100 of these […]

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French words you need to be careful when pronouncing

By The Local All language learners have mispronounced something at some point, leaving the French person they are talking to either confused or helpless with laughter. But there are certain French words that sound very similar to another word or phrase that gives a totally different meaning. Mixing these up could potentially land you in […]

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Kifaransa |French expressions you will never learn in class!

When learning french in school, its all about grammar rules and pronunciations, but when you interact with the people we learn some expressions used in daily life but not in school. Here are some that you will probably never learn in school. “Avoir la tête dans le cul” Literally meaning to have head in the […]

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