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kiffer

This is one for all those who want to be ‘down with the kids’. A slang verb which basically means ‘to like/love’, and which, according to Wikipedia, originally referred to the act of, and pleasure derived from, smoking hashish.

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il pleut comme une vache qui pisse

Arguably more descriptively accurate, this is the French equivalent of ‘It’s raining cats and dogs’. Translated literally, it means, ‘It’s raining like a pissing cow’. 

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skier comme un chèvre

To ski badly. Literally translates as ‘to ski like a goat’. 

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C’est un BG.

‘He’s fit.’

It was not without a slight sense of irony that I decided to do some lessons on British slang with some of my classes for the last week of term.

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La carte vitale

This is the card that you need in France in order to get most of your healthcare costs reimbursed by the state (and so avoid being left with a €1000 per night bill if you ever end up in hospital).

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Le pain perdu

The French for French toast. Literally ‘lost bread’ or ‘bread which is too far gone’.

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Le Père Fouettard

Literally ‘Father Whipper’, this is the name of the sinister character who accompanies St. Nicholas on his rounds, ready to punish the naughty children.

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