Did you know that France used a different calendar for a few years, after the French Revolution? This was called the French Republican Calendar and time had a whole different way of being divided (which is probably why it didn’t last!). Find out more about the ideas behind the creation of the French Republican Calendar…and learn some vocabulary of course!
Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode
Le calendrier républicain / le calendrier révolutionnaire.
Vendanges: grape harvest
La brume = the mist
Pluviôse Pluvieux = rainy
Ventôse Venteux = windy
Germer = to germinate, to sprout
Une fleur = flower
Une prairie = meadow
La moisson = the harvest
Thermidor (or Fervidor)
Thermique = thermal
Un thermos = vacuum flask, Thermos bottle
La ferveur = fervour; ardour, enthusiasm
La fièvre = fever
LINKS and RESOURCES
- Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Republican_Calendar
- Episode 87 – “The origin of the days of the week (in French and more!)“
- French Voices, Episode 52: Champagne Producing with Tristan Hyest
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