As I said before, these are words I’ve picked up from conversation, job applications, language exchanges, newspapers, or even just listening to my surroundings. Every Friday I will post Words of the Week to reinforce my French learning, and hopefully additionally educate/entertain/interest people in random French vocabulary. So enjoy!(Note- pronunciation is a little wonky- some of it is my own pronunciation, and some of it is phonetic- so bear with me as I get a system down).
Voila, Les Mots:
1. Maladroit (mal-ah-drwa)- literally meaning ‘bad on the right’, this translates to clumsy
2. Vieillards (vyeh-yar)- old men specifically, whereas old people is personnes âgées
3. Allonger (al-on-jay)- to lengthen, however I learned this in the context of to spread or lay on something, (ex: tu es allongé sur le canapé, you are spread out on the couch, you lie down on the couch)
4. Ceinture (sɛtyr)- belt, and ceinture de sécurité is a seatbelt
5. Klaxonner (klax-oh-neh)- to honk a car horn, car horn being klaxon
6. Louper (loo-pay), Rater (rah-tey)– to miss, to miss out on, this is used more in the context of transportation or an exam, ex: j’ai raté mon vol (I missed my flight). Louper means the same thing, but is apparently more of a slang word
7. Fiche de poste (fee-sh de poh-st)- a job description
8. Postuler (poh-stu-leh) to apply for job, whereas appliquer (ah-plea-kay) is used in the context of applying a bandaid
9. Au noir (oh-nwar)- literally in black, this is similar to working under the table, working illegally
10. Guet-apens (get-ah-paw)- an ambush. Of course this is used in cowboy movies, but I heard this in the context of my boyfriend wanting to avoid a dinner that he knew would turn into a party.
Happy Friday and Happy Valentines Day! I know it’s an overly commercialized holiday, but I personally enjoy an excuse for creativity, candy, and letting the people in my life know I care!