I was astounded to learn that approx 45% of all English words originate from French , quelle catastrophe! At least, it probablement makes learning French a little easier – pas de probleme.
À propos learning French I found a website for you to learn French ?!?! Mais non, of course not, well yes it does and it also lists 50 French terms/phrases, which are commonly used in English and, indeed, some you also use in German.
Here are my top 5 favourite for you, which you MAY not already know:
Crème de la crème (Das Feinste vom Feisten)
Entre nous (unter uns)
Gaffe (Ausrutscher/Faux pas)
Né, née (geborener)
Violà et à bientôt aka there you go and see you soon.
to be astounded (erstaunt sein)
2 Gedanken zu „Speak like a native with a little help from the French.“
French lessons back at school…yeah… First thing that comes to mind is singing the Marseillaise. Even today I can sing along – and I love giving proof of my skills. 😉
Yep, there are lots of French words both in English and German. Just think of food and beverages! Croissants, baguette, mousse and tarte au chocolat, Camembert, aperitif, digestif, crêpe…délicieux! And in all other parts of life French can be found, too. Besides, the language is also the best excuse for swearing: Pardon my French! 😉
In this spirit:
„Allons enfants de la Patrie
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!…“ *sing*
Wow amazing I actually studied French at university and never learnt the Marseillaise. But as a national anthem it’s pretty upbeat and uplifting if you compare it to most, and dare I say it even more so than ‚God save the Queen‘. Have a great weekend Jenny. Take care. Dave