05 January 2010

mot francais du jour






This past Christmas my incredibly sweet husband found something that he knew I would LOVE - and surprised me, which isn't easy to do. I was so excited when I saw these books, as even though they are simple, and meant for children, they also have some incredibly useful words and phrases.

For those of you who don't know, I will be heading to France in April - something I am incredibly excited about. (actually, it hasn't really hit me yet but as we have entered the new year, it is beginning to seem possible) I will be traveling for bits and parts with some fabulous friends, namely miss divinely sassy, miss classically stylish, and miss fabulously inspiring. Thus, these next three months I will be really focusing on my French lessons. I will be attending my regular weekly class, but I also hope to do some private lessons with my French teacher. I really want to be able to have conversations while I am there - I want to be able to order in restaurants comfortably, I want to be able to ask questions, I want to feel confident in speaking while I am there.


Thus, I thought that I would post un mot francais du jour to help me, and to share with you some words from my french children's books~

Aujourd'hui, le mot est:

la pluie ~ rain
pleuvoir ~ to rain (the verb)

Appropriate with the weather we have been enjoying and will be for the next few months...


bisous mes amies


29 comments:

DustyLu said...

Adorable books. Great inspiration. The french language is beautiful. Dreaming of one day visiting Paris..too dream..lulu

Simply Mel said...

I just gave this very same book to my sweet crumb for Christmas! We practice French daily, and she will actually begin school at the French Lycee this September! Yes, we are serious!

GINNA said...

Avril à Paris. Vraiment magnifique. Les aliments, le vin, les gens et le dessert! Tout le bien pour l'âme ... apprécie votre voyage mon ami!!!

Jacqueline said...

Do you know, Kim, I had that book as a child. My French is not that good. I'm better at understanding than conversing !!... and yet my son is brilliant at languages and my daughter is pretty good too.
You must be getting so excited about your trip..... and, it will be here before you know it.
Enjoy your French lessons and a tout a l'heure !! XXXX

The Everyday Mum said...

I'm extremely jealous! I've been to Paris but only for a couple of days and I was too young to truly appreciate it. I'm dying to go back, but to the country side this time. Good luck learning French!

Fabulously french said...

Good luck with the french lessons. One of my new years resolutions is to do my french homework...

Leeann x

Ange said...

Mais il fait GRAND SOLEIL ici aujourd'hui. Tomorrow I suggest your word be 'givre' (frost) or Neige (snow) ... to fit in with the current climate in Toulouse of course ;-) BISOUUUUUUUS (try and find that one...)

Debra said...

Kim- Check out the really cute and helpful book Rendezvous with France- by Jill Butler. My sweet husband gave it to me for Christmas! The illustrations are adorable and it would be most helpful.

Federica said...

This is adorable.
Have a nice day darling.

Martha said...

You are going to have a BLAST!!! And love the book...what a great hubby you have...it will come sooner than you think:)

Audra said...

I love these books. I took three years of high school french and two years of college french and still I understand it better than I speak it. How excited are you for your trip? How envious am I? More than a little I would say!

Bon Chance with the french lessons, love your blog, I will be back often.

ttfn...

Femke said...

I love your blog!

Jen R. said...

Good for you Kim! I took french i HS and do not remember a thing!

Kato said...

Paris!! Oohh, I am incredibly jealous!

I am also jealous of those cute books :)

Joyce said...

How fun to be traveling with wondeful friends! Love the books too. xo

CrowNology said...

Lovely.
My post is a little stark...But I've linked to you, a great idea!
Double the learning!
Andrea

Kasey said...

what a fabulous husband you have.
What else did he give you;-)
xoxo

mimi charmante said...

yes yes, I am getting to that...
:P

stephanie said...

ooo how fabulous! i took 2.5 years of french in college, with the plan that i would go study there for a semester. sadly, i ended up staying in the states. someday i would love to visit france...

Simone said...

Oooh, great book, love the word of the day idea :)

And how lovely to be so nicely mentioned, thank you :) xo

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

I wish you well with your French lessons!

Lisa-Marie said...

Aujourd'hui en Ecosse il niege. :)

Liz said...
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Liz said...

First of all, I am extremely jealous. France in the spring is wonderful. Second, if during your travels you are in Paris, you MUST go to Stohrer Patissier et Traiteur, at 51 rue Montorgueil, in the 2e (second arrondissement). It is one of the oldest (1730) and best pastryshops and delicatessens in Paris. The pain au chocolat is exquisite! Here is the website: http://www.stohrer.fr/ Everything is in French, but it's a great way to practice your French!!
Third, have a ton of fun!

FrenchBlue said...

How special and sweet of your husband! April will come fast and I know you can't wait and I can't wait for you!!!
Yeah!!
XO

Rebecca said...

kimberly...thank you for the cookbook suggestion...i plan to make a stop at barnes and noble this week to have a peek at jamie olivers book. i'm sure i'll be drooling over the pages.

have a wonderful day.
rebecca

Lori said...

What a great idea - he is so smart! You will be fluent by the time April rolls around ~ maybe you can stop by here as there is a huge Acadian population in NB!

Morgane said...

if you need a french teacher helper tell me ! i'm the one !
french sentence not very classy but funny : when it's raining a lot : il pleut comme vaches qui pissent ! 'it's raining like peeing cows" ( not very class but very french lol)

Robin said...

How fun and the pictures are just too sweet. Enjoy!