Get the vo­cab: bol

Living France - - LANGUAGE -

Mean­ing ‘bowl’, bol can also mean ‘lucky’. In the fa­mil­iar sense, avoir du bol means ‘to be lucky’ and a coup de bol means ‘a stroke of good luck’ (not to be con­fused with a coupe au bol, which means ‘a pud­ding basin hair­cut’). If you hear some­one say J’en ai ras-le-bol (de qch), it means they are re­ally fed up with some­thing.

START­ING POINT

tALK French for Rusty Learn­ers is the lat­est of­fer­ing from Ar­naud Barge, who runs lan­guage-learn­ing cook­ery lessons at Ar­naud’s Lan­guage Kitchen in Lon­don. This sub­stan­tial book is aimed, as the name sug­gests, at be­gin­ners and is filled with es­sen­tial gram­mar along­side fun ex­er­cises. There are nu­mer­ous read­ing ex­er­cises in­clud­ing blog en­tries and recipes writ­ten in both French and English. For £25, this book isn’t cheap, but over 200 pages long, it is a com­pre­hen­sive start­ing point for all those who want to get to grips with their writ­ten French and read­ing skills. tALK French for Rusty Learn­ers by Ar­naud Barge £25 ar­naud­slan­guagek­itchen.com

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