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In This Issue

• Bastille Day

• Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

• La Marseillaise

• Quiz: Irregular Adjectives

• Expressions with vivre

• Definite Article

• Cycling and Tour de France Vocabulary

• gaspiller - Mot du jour

• Holidays and Events


Bastille Day

You probably know that 14 July is Bastille Day, but do you know what it's called in French? (Hint, it's not "jour de Bastille.") Do you know the history behind Bastille Day, or how it's celebrated in France? This page has links to everything you could possibly want to know.

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Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité is the motto of France, but is there more to it than that?

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La Marseillaise

La Marseillaise fut composée en 1792 par Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle et fut déclarée « hymne national français » en 1795. Voici les paroles en français et une traduction en anglais.

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Test yourself on the irregular adjectives beau, nouveau, and vieux in Promenade en forêt, or review the lesson.

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Vivre - French expressions

The French verb vivre, "to live," is found in many idiomatic expressions, including to live hand to mouth, to keep someone going, and to pay the bills. Learn these and dozens of other French expressions featuring vivre.

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French definite articles

The French definite article (le, la, l', les) indicates either a particular noun or, contrarily, the general sense of a noun. It's used similarly to its English counterpart, but there are many instances where a definite article is required in French but not English.

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French cycling terms

For all the bike enthusiasts and Tour de France fanatics out there, here are some French terms and related audio articles to help you enjoy your ride and get the most out of the competition.

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Today's mot du jour is gaspiller. Support Lawless French to read the lesson.

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Features related to holidays and events in the French-speaking world:

• Bastille Day (14 juillet)

Useful expressions:

• bonne fête

• faire le pont

• Vive la France !

French holidays and celebrations