The Good Life France Magazine

The Good Life France Magazine brings you the best of France - inspirational and exclusive features, fabulous photos, mouth-watering recipes, tips, guides, ideas and much more...

Published by the award winning team at The Good Life France

1 year ago

Spring 2022

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

C’est la vie: Learn

C’est la vie: Learn French French is a Romance language, meaning it comes from what is known as Vulgar Latin (spoken Latin as opposed to literary Latin). French evolved, influenced by Gallic, Anglo- Norman and regional languages of what is now modern France over hundreds of years to become the modern French we know today. English is a Germanic language that’s heavily influenced by Romance languages, such as 300 years of French being the official language of England thanks to William the Conqueror! French tongue twisters You’re actually already au fait with quite a lot of French vocabulary say the experts at Newsdle, the news-based learning app – it’s just that the way the words are pronounced can be very different. Avant-garde, bureau, cabaret, detour… they’re the same in both English and French, as are thousands of words. The more you think about it, the more you realise that often it’s a matter of pronunciation (and speed of talking) that differentiates LINK 92 | The Good Life France

French from English. Had déjà vu lately? In a restaurant or café, you may start the meal with an aperitif, perhaps Champagne, and you may find pâté or omelette is served and end with soufflé or mousse for dessert. When it comes to tongue twisters – virelangues – it gets a little more challenging but you’re sure to recognise some of the words in these examples: Les chaussettes de l’archiduchesse sont-elles sèches, archi-sèches? Are the Archduchess’ socks dry, very dry? Or how about this tongue twister that’s full of words that sound the same, but are written differently, known as homophones: Si six scies scient six cyprès, six cents scies scient six cent cyprès If six saws saw six cypresses, six hundred saws saw six hundred cypresses And this one is perfect for practicing your ‘on’s and ‘en’s and ‘ou’s and ‘ue’s: ‘Tonton, ton thé t’a-t-il ôté ta toux’ disait la tortue au tatou. ‘Mais pas du tout’, dit le tatou. ‘Je tousse tant que l’on m’entend de Tahiti à Tombouctou.’ ‘Uncle, your tea has cured your cough,’ said the tortoise to the armadillo. ‘Not at all,’ said the armadillo. ‘I cough so much that you can hear me from Tahiti to Timbuktu.’ Practice your French language reading and speaking skills and learn more about France with Newsdle’s fun and easy to use news-based app – and get 25% off, just pop in the goodlife25 The Good Life France | 93