Since its creation in 1903 as an advertising event for a sports magazine, le Tour de France has become popular and it’s a staple of French life in the summer.
In 2016, the Tour starts on Saturday July 2nd.
Every year, the world’s top cyclists race up, down, and acrosse the country. What do they run from ? Where do they run to ? Why are their shirts colored ?
Let’s dive in.
Many words in French and English look alike. They’re useful – you can quickly understand or use them and voilà ! You’re bilingual !
Not so fast. Some of these pairings are faux amis—false cognates: they sound similar, but they mean totally different things. They’ll trick you into making mistakes : be careful, or you might accidentally insult someone without knowing it..
Let’s prevent that.
Look up in the Parisian landscape! White towers dominate the lower houses and look down at the river Seine.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it the Taj Mahal? No, it’s le Sacré-Cœur!
A massively touristic attraction, in an iconic neighborhood, with a terrific view… and a history written in blood. Let’s talk about the church on the hill.
You want to describe something, an action with a starting point in time.
But the French language has several different words for this set up!
“Dès”, “depuis”, “à partir”… Like items in a toolbox, each one has a different use.
Let’s untangle these words.