How many of the 11 French bank holidays do you know? Which one is the only holiday when it is actually not allowed to work? (except of course, if you work at a hospital for instance). This episode will walk you through the French bank holidays and some of their origins and traditions. I’ll also tell you a few stories about France’s world-renowned passion for strikes! As you listen, pay attention to the structure used to say the date properly in French! You’ll learn French vocabulary along the way too 😊
Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode
Un jour férié = a bank holiday
La semaine sainte, le Vendredi Saint (= Holy Friday)
Jeudi de l’Ascension = Feast of the Ascension
Lundi de Pentecôte = Pentecost, Whit Sunday, Whitsun
L’Assomption = Assumption
La Fête Nationale, le 14 Juillet
Le 8 mai
L’Armistice, Le 11 novembre
Le Jour de l’An
La Fête du Travail
Un syndicat = trade union
Le muguet = lily of the valley
Lundi/vendredi -> un long week-end
Mardi / jeudi -> faire le pont
Le chômage = unemployment
la croissance = growth.
Le code du travail = labour code, labour law
Une cotisation = dues, contribution
Une professions libérale = profession, learned profession
Un salarié = employee, staff member
La canicule = heat wave
une grève = strike
LINKS and RESOURCES!
- Site “Jours Fériés”: https://www.joursferies.fr/
- Episode 7: “Date, Month, Year, Seasons…and French Poetry”: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast7
- Episode 145: “The French school system”: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast145
- Episode 73: “France Travel Tips (PART 1): General Tips”: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast73
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