The hands of time

The pointers of a clock or watch are called “hands”: the second hand, the minute hand and the hour hand. Note that there is no final “s” to “second, minute, hour”. In French, hands turn into needles → les aiguilles d’une montre ou d’une horloge. L’aiguille des secondes, des minutes et des heures. The French … Read more

chez moi – chez le docteur

Chez, as in chez moi, or chez le docteur is one of my favorite expressions because of its link to another way of life – villages booming with small businesses where everyone knows everyone’s name. Use chez moi, chez toi, chez lui, chez elle, chez nous, chez vous, chez eux to talk about someone’s home, … Read more

Close vs close – Can you say these homographs?

(in English only) CLOSE & CLOSE: Homographs – not homophones… Homographs are words with the same spelling but with different meanings AND pronunciation. This term has Greek roots: homo means the same, while graph means writing. Many of you probably learned read (present tense-bare infinitive) and read (past tense form) early on in your English … Read more

80? Did you say 80?

70 and 90 aren’t so straightforward either! Swiss-French, or the French spoken in Switzerland has its own regional flavor. The most obvious one will be counting from 70 to 99. For review: 70   septante (CH, B) – soixante-dix (F)71   septante et un – soixante et onze72   septante-deux – soixante-douze73   septante-trois – soixante-treize74   septante-quatre – soixante-quatorze75   septante-cinq – soixante-quinze76   septante-six – soixante-seize77   septante-sept … Read more