French Video Blog, January 1st

French Video Blog, January 1st

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Added by January 7, 2015

NEW YEAR’S WISHES IN FRENCH

Learn how to wish “Happy New Year” in French 

SALUT! 

BONNE ANNÉE 2015! JE VOUS SOUHAITE A TOUS DES TAS DE BELLES CHOSES : DES SURPRISES, DE L’AMOUR, UNE BELLE SANTÉ ET BEAUCOUP DE SOUS AUSSI !

And,  welcome to the new Ohlala I Speak French video blog! You may be hungover from all the new year’s celebrations, but I’m sure you’ve already made up your mind to become fluent in French this year! It’s gottta be part of your new resolutions. Well, I’ve actually decided to help you reach that crazy goal by posting one video a day. 

So today, why don’t we be dreadfully predictable and learn how to wish each other a Happy New Year, in the Molière’s language, LA LANGUE DE MOLIÈRE. That’s the French language by the way. If you don’t know Moliere, google him, that will stroke his ego! 

So here’s the most terribly proper option to wish someone a happy new year in French: 

Bonne année Monsieur, Mademoiselle, Madame! Je vous souhaite tous mes voeux de Bonheur, santé et prospérité. 

You’re basically wishing someone happiness, BONHEUR, health, SANTÉ, wealth, PROSPÉRITE. They may answer with:

Oh merci beaucoup! Une très bonne année 2015 à vous aussi. Pourvu qu’elle soit bonne – la salope. OH pardon, je dérape, excusez-moi!

Sorry guys, it was becoming a bit too dreadfully proper. I slipped… 

Talking about slipping, let’s relax into a more informal setting and wish someone we’re close to, a fabulous, sexy new year! 

Je te souhaite une super année pleine de douce folie, de rêves qui se réalisent, de sous qui tombent de tous les côtés, d’amour passionnel, et puis de folles parties de jambes en l’air! 

That’s another style. And of course, you can give your best wishes orally, or you can write them down on the traditional New Year’s card, UNE CARTE DE BONNE ANNÉE. We, Frenchies, love New Year’s cards. We send them the whole month of January, and even in February if we’re running a bit late. 

And finally, to finish on a cultural point, have you ever heard of LES ÉTRENNES? That’s what we call the money kids get for wishing adults a happy new year. Everything has a price these days. Even good wishes. It’s an old tradition and a good way for kids to learn good manners I guess, and start the new year in a positive way!

Well, that’s it for today guys, à vos stylos et papiers! Have fun with those cards, EN FRANCAIS S’IL VOUS PLAÎT, and I’ll see you tomorrow. À demain!

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