Favorite French Words & next winetasting!
Friday, September 19, 2014
Last winetasting in September is on the 28th at 5pm. We would love to see you so don't be shy--nobody here bites! Email [email protected] to reserve your seat on the front patio.
: cute, sweet, nice pretty
--from the word mignon. Mimi, in casual talk, means "kiss" (un mimi sur la joue = a kiss on the cheek). And in childspeak mimi means chat. (See a whole list of babytalk here)
trop mimi = too cute
c'est mimi = so sweet (or nice or pretty or adorable)
fais-moi un mimi = give me a kiss
FAVORITE FRENCH WORDS!
Today I need your help. I'd like to spend time with my Dad and Marsha, who've just arrived. So I need you to share the word of the day. Let's make that our favorite word of the day. What word or phrase comes to mind when you think of a delightful French term? What French word makes you smile? To share a favorite French word, click here.
Aw, c'est mimi! A sweet moment with my father. Going to enjoy every minute of his visit. Spending time with Dad and my lovely belle-mère, Marsha, will be a mini-vacation. See you sometime next week....
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Bebe beigneur = big chubby toy doll in form of baby
Posted by: Patricia Grayson | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Coquelicot - I love the sound of it and the flower too (poppy)!
Posted by: Jan Ratziu | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Have fun with your Dad and Marsha!
I love the phrase "mon petit chou" and "Ah, la vache", "Zut alors"
Love the photo of you and your Dad!
Posted by: Eileen deCamp | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 01:21 PM
libellule(dragon fly) - it's like pouring a word.
Posted by: Angela Sargent | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 01:25 PM
I agree with Kristen mon petit Chou
Posted by: Lenora | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 01:29 PM
I like the 'mimi' word that I just learned.
Posted by: Caroline McIntosh | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 01:40 PM
Coucou! Also love to say coqueicot, one of the first ever French words I learned from a dear French friend.
Marsha ( je suis aussi une belle-mère )
Posted by: Marsha Welsher | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 01:43 PM
My favourite? 'Vachement' as in 'vachement formidable'. Honestly, how can something be 'cowly fantastic' ??
Posted by: Lesley-Ann Hoare | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Always made me giggle!
Posted by: Claudette | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 02:16 PM
OMG! I can't believe it's already on the list. I'm with Lesley-Ann. Vachement may be outdated but I still love it. C'est vachement bien!
Posted by: Joan Hayes | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 02:21 PM
Pamplemousse - just love the way it sounds.
Posted by: Pam | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 02:28 PM
hippopotame - It's just fun to say and my students always get a kick out of it.
Posted by: Meghan | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 02:31 PM
Kristen, we are arriving to the Dordogne next week & plan "gouter" the harvest in as many markets as we can find. Enjoy your visit with "votre pere"
Posted by: Kenn Joyce | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 02:46 PM
The first new French word I learned when we moved here (apart from real estate jargon) was the simple le tournesol, which abound in SW France. Saying: La vie est dure sans confiture.
Posted by: Catherine | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 02:49 PM
La pantoufle! You had it in one of your posts a few years ago. Have a wonderful week with your dad and belle-mère. Amitiés à tous, Cynthia
Posted by: Cynthia Lewis | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 02:51 PM
"Plus ça change" is a phrase that I come back to over and over.
Posted by: Mike | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 03:04 PM
My favorite French word is…plouc! It fits so many people and situations. It means a rube, a bumpkin
Posted by: Barbara Kelley | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Gros bisous perhaps. A father cannot have too many of those! Right on the forehead!
As an aside, I noticed The Resistance Man by Martin Walker listed on your blog under books. I really like this series of books by Martin Walker and highly recommend them.
Posted by: Barry from Bama | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 03:08 PM
Enjoy precious time with your Dad and Msrsha.
Favorite word: Mamie
Favorite phrase: n'importe quoi
Posted by: Ronni Ebbers | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 03:22 PM
Ditto for "coquelicot"! I love the look and sound of it. And, that the poppy has such a special role in WW1 remembrance.
Posted by: Caroline B | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 03:29 PM
When our family lived in the south of France a local friend used to call my 2 year old daughter mon petit ecureuil.
Whenever I see a squirrel I still think of my daughter as a toddler. Mimi, n'est-ce pas?
Posted by: Janine Cortell | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Poubelle is a big favorite for me....meaning trash/garbage can. I love to use it to explain my love of French to friends. It has such a beautiful sound compared to "garbage can", unless of course you change garbage to gare baghe....
Posted by: Annette Heath | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 03:33 PM
tatillon - picky or fussy
Palpitant(e) - exciting
Posted by: Michele | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 03:41 PM
As a teacher, I notice how words look, and two of my favorites are oiseau and jouaient, because they have all five vowels! Here's a fun expression I learned someplace: "La culture est comme la confiture, le moins que l'on en a, le plus que l'on etend." I love pamplemousse for the sound of it, too.
Happy, mimi weekend everyone!
Posted by: Joan Linneman | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 03:43 PM
Truc is so useful when you don't know the real word!
Posted by: Neil Plakcy | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 03:46 PM
2 people have already said my word, which is coquelicot. My husband has some wonderful photos of the fields of poppies in France.
Posted by: Sue jean | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 03:47 PM
I second libellule, always my favourite. My others are French but not really French: le caravansérail ( caravansary: an inn with a central courtyard for travelers in the desert regions of Asia or North Africa) and le farniente (as in le doux farniente - ne rien faire)
Posted by: Julia Frey | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 03:53 PM
Minou, minou, minou... Loved greeting the kitty cats in France.
Brolles-Bois-le-Roi...one of the places I lived as a teenager. Quite a challenge for Americans to properly roll the "r". Try saying it quickly three times in a row!
Happy week with your dad and Marsha, Kristin!
Posted by: Chris Allin | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Arc en ciel!= Rainbow
When I lived in France 10 years ago, I said : arc aux colours! And I remember everyone thought that was so funny. So, I've never forgotten "arc en ciel".
Posted by: Erica Simoneaux | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 04:17 PM
Bordelique! I worked with a French chef once who called me "bordelique." I was hoping it had something to do with the elegant city of Bordeaux (you know, like Bordelais) Alas, no. It means "messy," like a bordello.....I wrote about it here: http://chezbonnefemme.com/french-word-of-the-day-bordelique/
PS: Sorry--I used the title "French Word of the Day" before I ever saw your wonderful site!
Posted by: Wini Moranville -- Chez Bonne Femme | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 04:28 PM
C'est chouette! Probably one of those outdated words. Also my husband (who barely speaks a word of French) likes the phrase "Ce n'est pas grave" which was said to him with a smile by a tiny little grandmotherly woman at a market one day.
Posted by: Deborah Page | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 04:32 PM
entre chien and loup - twilight
Posted by: Judy Smith | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 04:33 PM
Paraplouie and pamplemousse just have a wonderful sound. I may have to add a few from your list to my favorites. Please publish them with the phonetics and meanings. I love this.
Posted by: Betty w | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 05:04 PM
Not a word but a phrase:
Mon Petit Chou.
Posted by: Elizabeth Lopez | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 05:19 PM
I am new so you may already have "faire dodo".
also like "boulot" for work.
Posted by: Jean Gudaitis | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 05:20 PM
I like the phrase C'est normal as a response to a thank you for something nice you have done.
Posted by: Paul Crowley | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 05:21 PM
La crépuscule- a favorite word and time of day!
Posted by: Laurie Eager | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 05:45 PM
coquelicot has always been my favorite!
Posted by: Kayla Vodnoy | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Joie de vivre.
Posted by: Gordon Lyman | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 06:03 PM
This was indeed a popular post..all of my favorites long spoken,..lovely picture of you and your father...have a lovely visit.
Posted by: Catharine Ewart-Touzot | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 06:16 PM
le papillon-love picturing a colourful butterfly flying around!
Posted by: Jill Ferrie | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 07:05 PM
pamplemousse...love saying that!
Posted by: linda | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 07:39 PM
Did anyone say merde? So useful.
Posted by: Carol Abrioux | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 08:03 PM
I can't pick only one, so here are my favorite three! Grenouille, truffe, and the phrase "mon petit chou"
Posted by: Hannah | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 08:04 PM
Great post Kristen. Enjoy your time with your Dad !
I feed blue jays every am (and pm) and I always say "cou-cou & ca va" and practice my French.
They look at me, peck with their beaks --- then I throw the peanuts. I have a feeling they don't care about the French words: just give us the peanuts lady!
Posted by: Faye Stampe, Gleneden Beach, OR | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 08:45 PM
Ouistiti always makes me smile. Have a great time with our dad and Marsha!
Posted by: Angela Fowler | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 09:33 PM
Oops - meant your dad,
Posted by: Angela Fowler | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 09:34 PM
The kids always love pamplemousse. "How is that even close to 'grapefruit'?" they say. :)
Posted by: Janou | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 09:44 PM
Oh, I forgot a fun one from les BD. Saperlipopette! Watching le DVD... Les aventures de TinTin, you'll hear it.
Posted by: Janou | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Une mystere et boule de gomme
A real mystery to figure out.
Posted by: Suzanne Dunaway | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM
C'est a moi - it's me or mine
Mimi is interesting for me My Aunt was known by this name ever since my brother as a toddler said after a visit from her, "Where's Mimi gone ?" My parents had no idea from where he got this at the age of about 3!!
Posted by: Audrey Wilson | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10:16 PM
I'm wondering where Suzanne got "mystere et boule de gomme." I hear it throughout the "French in Action" Series, but never knew what Marie-Laure was talking about. Does it come from an ad or a TV show or is it a real expression? Joan L.
Posted by: Joan Linneman | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10:33 PM
Raison d'etre and bonne vie- I use them all the time, probably in all the wrong places, but I love 'em. Enjoy your visit with your dad & belle-mere!
Posted by: Sally | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10:35 PM
Je suis flagada ra pla pla. Colloquial for 'I feel knackered' - and I do, so good night. Emma Brady
Posted by: Emma Brady | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 11:10 PM
Ouistiti.......i use it here when taking photos too just like in France. It does make everyone sourire!!!!
Posted by: Joanne | Friday, September 19, 2014 at 11:40 PM
Hope you had a great day with your family! Petit bijou! What was it au pif? Mon petit - which i say to my little dog. I am not a very good student. Cafe au l'ait, croissant, Provence, Aix Paris, Normandy, Monet, Fauves, Chèvre etc.
Posted by: Nancy | Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 04:42 AM
J'en ai 3. J'en ai marre
Je donne ma langue au chat
mi coton mi laine (half way) usually in the negative pas mi coton mi laine;
in British " not just half "way).
Posted by: gnrosenstein-rodan | Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 05:14 AM
So many of my favorites are already on the list. French sounds so wonderful that one of my former students said "English is like printing. French is like writing in cursive!" I know it's in English, but I still decided to post it on my classroom wall. In our digital world, it seems to sum it up for me.
Posted by: Dianne de Poitiers | Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 05:52 AM
I agree with Annette - I like poubelle.
Also like fait accompli and ruse de guerre. Just like the way they sound!
As always, enjoyed your post and the wonderful pictures. Hope you are having a great visit with your family.
Posted by: Robin Lewin | Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 07:26 AM
Several expressions come to mind:
J'en ai ras le bol! (used it a lot when I was working in Paris)
Mince alors! (one of my Grandfather's favorites)
une larme (used when asked if you would like more of a beverage)
belle-soeur (also belle-mere because they're so opposite of their English counterparts which seem to often have a negative vibe; my sister-in-law loves this expression - it always makes her smile)
Posted by: Andrea Hughes | Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:29 PM
chuchoter-- a perfect onomatapeia
Posted by: Linda Donahue | Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:24 PM
lecher les vitrines- literally"window licking" --window shopping
Posted by: patricia flynn | Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 03:06 AM
J'aime bien le mot mistinquette.yes,I love the sound of it! There are so many .....
Posted by: Eve Taylor | Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 07:33 AM
"Pois chiches" - I have always loved the sound and saying it aloud!
Posted by: Mary | Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 10:19 PM
J'aime le mot "rigoleuse" - makes me giggle to hear it. Annie Gray
Posted by: Annie | Monday, September 22, 2014 at 03:44 AM
All her American grandchildren called my French husband's mother "Mimi" at her request. She didn't like any of the traditional "mamie" names. It suited her to a T. Other French cousins called their grandmother "Minette". All from Provence. Chouette!
Posted by: Jean(ne) in MN | Monday, September 22, 2014 at 05:51 PM
Posted by: Jan Acorn | Monday, September 22, 2014 at 06:57 PM
I learned to pronounce the French U and R saying "urlu-burlu".
Posted by: Henri Drane | Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 03:45 AM
I love so many of these wonderful words - I think I need to make a little dictionary! One word I still love is 'aubergine' - I love the way it sounds, the color and even the taste that it can invoke!
Posted by: Judi | Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 05:21 AM
What about la falaise - means the cliff - sounds so much nicer than the English version.
Posted by: Liz Hamilton | Friday, September 26, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Hi! This is more a "life in general" comment. I bragged about your French blog today.
Before I reveal the blogger, I could use your help. She said she would cook dinner for anyone who could conjugate "chiffonade". Please help! She is a great vegan cook!
Posted by: MamaBaer | Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 04:44 AM