Find out what “déjeuner” means in French and why we say “petit-déjeuner”. You’ll also understand why these meals are taken at different times of the day in some places, which can be a bit confusing! I’ll also draw your attention to a couple of common mistakes often made by students: how to translate “to have a meal” in French and the use of definite articles in some expressions!
Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode
Prendre un repas = to have a meal
Prendre un café = to have a coffe, to drink a coffee
jeûner = to fast, to abstain from eating
le petit-déjeuner = breakfast
le déjeuner = lunch
le diner = dinner
le souper = supper
Perdre l’appétit = to lose one’s appetite
LINKS and RESOURCES
- French Voices, Episode 38 -Marie Treps, Linguist and Author of “Oh là là, ces Français!” (PART 1): www.frenchvoicespodcast.com/episode38
- French Voices, Episode 39 -Marie Treps, Linguist and Author of “Oh là là, ces Français!” (PART 2): www.frenchvoicespodcast.com/episode39
- Episode 26 of French Your Way Podcast – Aches, Pains and Broken Bones:
- Article “L’histoire des noms de nos repas” :
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