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Noël en France - Christmas in France

How is Christmas celebrated in France? How are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day different in France than in the US or UK? Our bilingual article - with audio! - has everything you need to know - just click any phrase to see the English translation as well as links to lessons on the relevant French grammar.

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Q&A relating to this exercise 4 questions, 14 answers

LucienC1Kwiziq community member

Chocolate and the Kwiziq nutritional focus

Have you noticed how often your reading and listening passages include references to chocolate? 

Asked 9 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Lucien and Chris,

Thank you for pointing this out ! It is true that French people are obsessed with "chocolat". At least, I know I am ! (Not sure about the zombies, though!) So it is only natural that Kwiziq's French materials do include a lot of references to "M. du Chocolat" ! ;-) 

Merci pour ce commentaire, qui m'a bien fait rigoler ! ;-)

Bonne journée !

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Yeah, that and zombies, actually. Or is it just me? :))

AurélieKwiziq team member

Je plaide coupable (for both chocolate and zombies!) :) 

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Chocolate, wine, cheese, bread and conversation - French staples - not just of diet, but of life. Zombies - well, that’s what you get when chocolate, wine, cheese, bread and conversation run out !

Chocolate and the Kwiziq nutritional focus

Have you noticed how often your reading and listening passages include references to chocolate? 

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TomC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

des petits toasts

Why is it not 'de petits toasts' ?
Asked 10 months ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Tom, in both places I see ‘des’ it means “some small (toasts)”, and fits. If it still doesn’t seem right to you, can you expand on why/where you think ‘de’ might fit?

TomC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I thought before an adjective 'des' became 'de'

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Ah, of course! That didn’t register as I have heard “des petits toasts” used in France. 

I think in this case “petits toasts’ may have been treated as a “compound noun”,  Whether that is grammatically correct or not, it is in usage (at least as determined by asking my resident expert what she would say spontaneously) !

See links

https://www.tolearnfrench.com/exercises/exercise-french-2/exercise-french-4045.php

https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/fr-de-des-adjectif-nom-au-pluriel.136043/

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

On the word reference link, a fair way down is this :

It is indeed correct. Here is what Le Bon Usage says:Au pluriel, des est remplacé par de (de bons fruits) ordinairement dans la langue écrite et aussi dans la langue parlée de type soigné. Mais des (qui n'est pas récent : cf. Hist.) prévaut dans la langue parlée et se répand dans la langue écrite.
TomC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thank you Maarten, that's brilliant. I sometimes forget about these points of difference between written and spoken French. Very useful to be keep being reminded !

des petits toasts

Why is it not 'de petits toasts' ?

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TomC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

la Saint Nicolas gender

Does it say 'la Saint Nicolas est célébré' with a masculine adjective because Nicolas is masculine ?

Asked 10 months ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Tom !

As Maarten "œil-de-lynx" noticed, we fixed the typo thanks to your feedback :) 

Merci encore et bonne journée !

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

It seems to have been corrected as it has changed since last night. “est célébrée” definitely correct here.

la Saint Nicolas gender

Does it say 'la Saint Nicolas est célébré' with a masculine adjective because Nicolas is masculine ?

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MarciaB2Kwiziq community member

Personne ne va à l'église? Mais c'est pourquoi nous avons Noël. . .

Asked 2 years ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

What's your question ?

MarciaB2Kwiziq community member

Est-ce que quelqu'un va à l'église le jour de Noël? L'article traitait uniquement de nourriture et de cadeaux, mais la journée n'avait aucune signification religieuse.

LynnC1Kwiziq community member

Pour beaucoup de monde, Noël est une fête de famille, mais pas une fête religieuse. C'est plutôt pour célébrer la saison et le retour du soleil.

Personne ne va à l'église? Mais c'est pourquoi nous avons Noël. . .

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