December 4, 2023

Noël en français

When does the Christmas season officially start for you? 

Maybe on the 1st of December, when you open the first door on le calendrier de l’Avent, or just a few days before le jour de Noël. Some of you might already be in the holiday spirit and others are just realising they haven’t prepared anything yet! 

In any case, we are all very busy with our Christmas planning and we know that it might be hard to find a way to keep practicing French during this season. Of course, we should have priorities, and spending time with our loved ones should be at the top of the list. But, we want to propose a couple of activities you can do while you are on the train, waiting for your appointment at the hair salon or relaxing on the sofa once the children have finally fallen asleep. 

1. Une histoire de Noël

"Cette année le Père Noël est très fier. Il a fait une bonne affaire en achetant un minibus pour distribuer les jouets. Quelle astuce! Le soir de Noël, il fait le tour du village, histoire de voir si son moteur est à la hauteur. 

Sur la route, il croise son ami le fantôme.

• Dis-moi, Père Noël, ton bus va très vite. Peux-tu me déposer chez moi? Je t'offrirai un thé à la fraise des bois. 

• Volontiers, cher fantôme, dit le Père Noël."

Hold on! Do you want to know how the story continues? Listen to the rest of it! Isabelle, the founder of Prêt à Parler, tells you the full conte de Noël.

Whenever you have the time, work on your French listening comprehension with short audio files and videos. For that aim you can check out our podcast.

2. Les souhaits du temps des fêtes.

Do you normally send Christmas cards? Or emails wishing your workmates or family members 'Merry Christmas'? 

If you have any person that speaks French around you, send them a lovely Christmas card or email (or even a text, if you don’t have too much time) in French! We help you do it! 

Formules d’appel 

(Mon très) Cher (un homme), 

(Ma très) Chère (une femme), 

(Mes très) Chers XY (homme(s) et femme(s)), 

Corps de la carte/lettre 

Joyeuses/Bonnes fêtes! 

Mes meilleurs vœux à toute votre/ta famille! 

Je vous/te souhaite un très joyeux Noël ainsi qu’une bonne et heureuse année 2022! 

J’aimerais vous/t’envoyer tous mes vœux de bonheur en cette saison des fêtes. 

J’aimerais vous/te souhaiter une merveilleuse nouvelle année! 

Que 2022 soit remplie de joie, de bonheur, d’amour, de santé, de prospérité, de succès, de beaux moments en famille et avec vos/tes amis. 

Formules finales Bien cordialement, 

À bientôt, 

Je vous/t’embrasse, 

Gros bisous / Grosses bises / Plein de bisous,

You see? There are fun Christmas activities you can do to spice up your français, and you can even share them with your family or friends! We hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Joyeux Noël !

Isabelle

As a native Québécoise, born to a Franco-Belgian family, now living in Nyon with her two children, Isabelle is no stranger to the expat reality! Trained as a professional opera singer, her passion for arts and languages led her to become an ambassador of the French language & francophone culture, i.e. a French Teacher!

She founded Prêt à Parler in January 2015. Since then she's been hard at work helping native and non-native English-speaking expats make French part of their everyday life! Prêt à Parler's mission is based on what Isabelle does best: helping busy professionals and parents improve their language skills by providing a high quality, eco-friendly, fun, no-nonsense approach to learning French online!

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