Ten French Valentine Tips

In this cool Valentine’s Day cartoon, Aurélie Drouard gets down to basics to help you avoid a catastrophe on le jour de la Saint-Valentin and along the way pick up some cool, useful (and funny) French expressions – at least one of which you won’t find in a text book!

Watch the video first and see how much you can understand. Then you can click the phrases beneath to see translations and links to useful related grammar.

Dix choses à faire – et ne pas faire – le jour de la Saint-Valentin…

French Valentine’s Day Tip # 1

Avec tous les indices subtils qui croisent ton chemin depuis 3 semaines,
il faut vraiment le faire exprès!
= With all the subtle hints crossing your path over the last 3 weeks,
you'd really have to do it on purpose!
Related lessons:
Faire exprès = To do something on purpose

French Valentine’s Day Tip # 2

Le McDo, c'est bien pour les dimanches soirs paresseux, pas pour le jour de l'Amoooouuuur!
= McDonald's, it's good for lazy Sunday evenings, not for the day of Luuuurve!Related lessons:
C'est = It is

 

French Valentine’s Day Tip # 3

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French Valentine’s Day Tip # 8

Pose ce téléphone!
Se faire les yeux doux par écran interposé, si ça marchait, ça se saurait!
= Put down that phone!
Making doe eyes with a screen in-between, if that worked, we would know!
Related lessons:
Translating the -ing form of verbs with L'Infinitif (not -ant)

French Valentine’s Day Tip # 9

Ne parle pas de ton ex!
A moins bien sûr, de n'en dire que du mal...et encore!
= Don't talk about your ex!
Unless of course, you only say bad things...and still!
Related lessons:
Restrictive ne … que = only (simple tenses)

French Valentine’s Day Tip # 10

Pas besoin de me remercier !
= No need to thank me!Related lessons:
Avoir besoin de = To need

Author info

Gruff Davies

Despite the very Welsh name, Gruff is actually half French. Nowadays, he's a tech entrepreneur (and some-time novelist) but he used to be a physicist at Imperial College before getting hooked on inventing things. He has a special interest in language learning, speaks five languages to varying degrees of fluency and he often blogs about language learning, science, and technology. As well as co-founding Kwiziq, he is the author the Amazon best-selling SF thriller, The Looking Glass Club and the inventor of the Exertris gaming exercise-bike and Pidgin, a free online tool that makes drawing flow charts and relationship diagrams as quick and easy as describing them in pidgin English.

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