For Francophiles, the word "Bastille" is likely to conjure up memories (or dreams) of fireworks and military parades, because the idea of la Bastille
is inherently linked to 14 July - at least for English speakers. Chez les Français
, not so much. Here are 7 things you should know about la Bastille
: the holiday, the prison, and the word itself.
Find out whether spring has arrived with the French expression à la Chandeleur, l'hiver cesse ou prend vigueur
Advent is a multi-week period of celebration leading up to Christmas - learn a bit about it in this French video.
La fête nationale française s'appelle le Quatorze Juillet, et non pas « le jour de la Bastille » comme en anglais.
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.
See what you know about Bastille Day or read the article
Le beaujolais nouveau fait son apparition annuelle aujourd'hui. Ce jeune vin est fêté le troisième jeudi de novembre - donc une semaine avant la fête américaine de Thanksgiving.
Wish someone a happy birthday with this lesson on bon anniversaire
Read this lesson on the French expression bonne année
to be sure to have a happy new year.
Have a happy new year and enjoy good health with the French expression Bonne année et bonne santé
Spread holiday cheer and good wishes with the French expression bonne fête
In France, May 1st is la Fête du Travail
as well as la Fête du Muguet
. What's the connection between these two seemingly unrelated holidays?
Sing along to this catchy French song for Halloween.
July 1st is Canada Day, the national holiday of Canada.
Improve your French listening comprehension while learning about the history of Nice's immense Carnaval celebration.