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TABLE OF CONTENTS

LESSON PLAN 45 : JOIE DE VIVRE! .................................................. 2


Fast Forward! ........................................................................ 2
Allez La France! ..................................................................... 2
Jouer au ................................................................ 2
Aller ..................................................................... 2
Faire .................................................................... 3
Avoir ...................................................................... 3
tre...................................................................... 3
Quelques Expressions................................................... 3
A Window on Euro Speak! .......................................................... 4
When French is Really English! ....................................... 4
When French isnt French! ......................................... 6
Les Activits .......................................................................... 7
Saviez-vous que? ................................................................ 7
Allez! ............................................................................... 7
Savoir-Faire! ....................................................................... 8
Les Rponses ......................................................................... 9
Saviez-vous que? ................................................................ 9
Allez! ............................................................................... 9
Savoir-Faire! ....................................................................... 9

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LESSON PLAN 45 : JOIE DE VIVRE!


Fast Forward!
Its time to celebrate! You have now reached the last Lesson Plan with
aplomb and panache! Many words like aplomb and panache have been
borrowed from the French language to have meaning in English and
naturally, vice versa! Le volley and Le foot are two such examples
that French people enjoy talking about and doing!
We would like to help you to enjoy your achievement in Rocket French by
devoting Lesson Plan 45 to those expressions which are found in both English
and French, and at the same time, open another cultural door onto the
similarities and differences of both languages.

Allez La France!
In French, playing or doing sports is normally expressed by using either
jouer au, to play at, faire, to do/make, or aller, to go, as in
the following examples.

Jouer au
45.1

Jouer au base-ball

To have a game of baseball

45.2

Jouer au basket

To have a game of basketball

45.3

Jouer au foot

To play football

45.4

Jouer au volley

To have a game of volleyball

45.5

Jouer au tennis

To play tennis

Jouer au foot

Aller
45.6

Aller la pche

To go fishing

45.7

Aller pcher

To go fishing

45.8

Aller en randonne

To go hiking

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Faire
45.9

Faire de la boxe

To box

45.10

Faire du cheval

To ride a horse

45.11

Faire du cyclisme

To bike

45.12

Faire une passe

To pass the ball

45.13

Faire du golf

To play golf

45.14

Faire du jogging

To jog

45.15

Faire de la natation

To swim

45.16

Faire de la course automobile

To race cars

45.17

Faire de la course cycliste

To race bikes

45.18

Faire du patin glace

To ice skate

45.19

Faire du patin roulette

To roller blade or skate

45.20

Faire de la plonge

To dive

45.21

Faire du ski de piste

Downhill skiing

45.22

Faire du ski de fond

Cross country skiing

45.23

Faire du ski nautique

Water skiing

45.24

Faire de la voile

Sailing

Avoir
45.25

Avoir la pche!

To feel great!

45.26

Avoir un coup de pompe!

To feel tired!

45.27

Avoir plein le dos!

To be fed up!

45.28

Avoir ras le bol!

To have it up to here!

tre
45.29

tre en forme

To be in shape

45.30

tre crev

To be dead beat

Quelques Expressions
45.31

Viser

To aim

45.32

Tirer

To shoot

45.33

Foncer

To go for it

45.34

Sauter

To jump

45.35

Marquer

To score

45.36

Le tournoi de tennis

The tennis tournament


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A Window on Euro Speak!


The world of sport is not the only one where you can find overlaps of
languages between English and French. With the inevitable streamlining of
cultural values over time, one would expect to see purist francophones
French speakers and anglophones, English speakers devise more and
more cross cultural terms and expressions.
Of course, some English expressions actually use the word french. This
sometimes identifies the origin of the expression or custom, and sometimes
serves as a derogatory term, which interestingly, has many counterparts in
English!
This verbal banter reflects many centuries of divergence,
camaraderie, comradeship, and a (usually) well intentioned cultural
jousting match!
When a French person says filer langlaise it means to run away like an
Englishman! Supposing you didnt want to be seen leaving a party for
instance, you would say Je fil langlaise. The English language has an
exact equivalent, taking French leave, which in effect means
disappearing from sight with no warning!
Pardon my French, is used to excuse oneself after a swear word or two
and leaves little to the imagination about an English persons view of
speaking French!
When a French person refers to something as an anglicisme they usually
mean a direct translation from an English expression has been used. One
such example would be to say Je vais faire du jogging, which is
accepted, even by the purists!
Euro speak, par excellence!
The next audio section is devoted to those words which have been
completely absorbed by the English language, only this time you will hear
them said with a French accent!

When French is Really English!


45.37

Adieu

Until God, with God

45.38

la carte

On the menu

45.39

Apritif

Cocktail

45.40

Aprs-ski

Social event

45.41

Art dco

Decorative art of the 1930s

45.42

Attach

A person assigned to a diplomatic post

45.43

Au fait

Conversant with, or informed about

45.44

Avant-garde

Innovative

45.45

Bon apptit

Enjoy your meal

45.46

Brunette

Dark-haired woman

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45.47

Carte blanche

A free hand

45.48

Chic

Stylish

45.49

Coup de grce

Final blow, decisive stroke

45.50

Coup d'tat

Overthrow of the government

45.51

Crme de la crme

Best of the best

45.52

Crme frache

Slightly fermented, thickened cream

45.53

Cul-de-sac

Dead-end street

45.54

Eau de toilette

A type of scent or perfume

45.55

Encore

An additional performance with applause

45.56

Fait accompli

Done deed, a given

45.57

Faux pas

A blunder

45.58

Femme fatale

An alluring, seductive woman

45.59

Fianc

Betrothed, engaged

45.60

Film noir

Black humor in a film

45.61

Gauche

Awkward

45.62

Genre

Type

45.63

Haute couture

High profile clothing styles

45.64

Haute cuisine

High class cooking

45.65

Je ne sais quoi

A certain something

45.66

Joie de vivre

A quality in people who love their lives

45.67

Laisser-faire

Let it be or non-interference

45.68

Matre d'hotel

Head waiter

45.69

Nouveau riche

Recently coming into money

45.70

Papier mch

Mashed paper used for art

45.71

Par excellence

Quintessential

45.72

Pice de rsistance

Main component

45.73

Pied--terre

A temporary or secondary residence

45.74

Protg

Being sponsored by an influential person

45.75

Raison d'tre

Purpose or justification for existing

45.76

Rendez-vous

A date or an appointment

45.77

Savoir-faire

How to act with tact and social grace

45.78

Soupon

A hint of (as in amount)

45.79

Touch

Getting someone in their weak spot

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45.80

La bourgeousie

Upper middle class values

45.81

Vive la diffrence

Celebrating our differences

45.82

La lingerie

Womens underwear

When French isnt French!


45.83

French bean

Le haricot vert

45.84

French door

La porte-fentre

45.85

French horn

Le cor d'harmonie

45.86

French onion soup

La soupe l'oignon

45.87

French plait

La tresse (hair style)

45.88

French toast

Le pain perdu

45.89

French twist

Le chignon (hair style)

45.90

Pardon my French!

Passez-moi l'expression

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Les Activits
Saviez-vous que?
The following questions all refer to sports. Answer them in French, not
forgetting to use the Lesson Plan to guide you. Look out for the obvious
clues!
Q.1

Savez vous quel sport a lieu au Tour de France?


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Q.2

Le Mans est connu pour quel activit sportive?


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Q.3

Dans les rue de Monte Carle, quel course a t-elle lieu?


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Q.4

Le Foot, a veux dire quoi en Franais?


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Q.5

Expliquez ce qui ce passe a Roland Garros?


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Q.6

Ou se trouve St. Moritz et pour quel sport est ce connu?


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Allez!
The following expressions are written in the Imperative, the tense that gives
instructions. Fill in the blanks!
Q.7

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Aim!

Q.8

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Shoot!

Q.9

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Go for it!

Q.10

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Jump!

Q.11

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Score!

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Savoir-Faire!
You have all the savoir-faire you need to translate the following text into
English now!
Q.12

Chers amis! Maintenant que vous avez fini ce cours avec nous,
nous vous flicitons! Plus de faux-pas! Il ne faut pas tre
gauche quand vous voyagez pour la premire fois dans un pays
franais! Vous avez carte blanche dans le monde francophone,
laissez-vous faire, ayez confiance en vous. Nous esprons que
vous pouvez reconnatre et utiliser suffisamment de franais
en contexte.
Ensemble, vous et la fuse franaise, nous avons termins la
pice de rsistance, qua t ce cours. Revenez nous voir
bientt pour continu votre chemin. Pour linstant, lquipe
de la fuse franaise vous souhaite bonne chance, bon
voyage et on vous dit adieu.
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Les Rponses
Saviez-vous que?
A.1
A.2
A.3
A.4
A.5
A.6

La course cycliste, Le cyclisme


La course automobile
Le rallye automobile
Le football
Les tournois de tennis
St Moritz est en Suisse. Cest connu pour le ski de piste.

Allez!
A.7
A.8
A.9
A.10
A.11

Vise!
Tire!
Fonce!
Saute!
Marque!

Savoir-Faire!
A.12

Dear friends! Now that you have finished this course with us, we
congratulate you! No more faux-pas! You mustnt be gauche
when you travel to a French country for the first time! You have
carte blanche in the Francophile world. Let yourselves go, have
confidence in yourselves. We hope you can recognize and use
enough French to suit the right context.
Together, you and the team at Rocket French, we have come to
the end of a piece de resistance in French, which has been this
course. Come back and see us soon to continue your path. For
now, we wish you good luck, a safe trip and we bid you adieu.

La Fin
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