French Friday #4: Rendez-vous

"La Tasse de Café" a French lesson from Mademoiselle Love


This week's French expression
by:  Mademoiselle Love
Rendez-vous

Today's French lesson is coming at you from Sweetleaf, an excellent coffee shop in Williamsburg at the corner of N. 6th and Kent Ave. There's also one in Long Island City if you ever find yourself in that borough... :) Well, I'm not sure how the rest of their coffee is because all I ever order, even if it's the dead of winter, is their ICED ROCKET FUEL!! Look how when the lovely barista pours in the soy milk, the color of the coffee stays a nice deep brown. That's the sign of a good, full-bodied iced coffee. Plus, the barista gods at Sweetleaf add a bit of maple syrup for sweetness, and well, basically, I have dreams about its deliciousness...

Today's French lesson covers a fun-to-say, but not necessarily sexy word: 
"rendez-vous"  (rawn day voo) 
Please do not pronounce the z or the s!

You may have used this one in a conversation such as this one:

Simone: Guess what, Pauline! I'm meeting Charles for a secret rendez-vous tonight.

Pauline: Oh goodness me! A rendez-vous? Simone, you're so naughty!

Simone: Um, you really need to get out more, Pauline! OMG!

However, we Americans have it wrong again. 
Whether Simone is naughty or not, the truth is that just because a word is French and sounds sexy doesn't mean it necessarily is sexy. I hate to disappoint you, but the word "rendez-vous" does not have anything to do with sex.

Rendez-vous = appointment, meeting, date

This everyday word in French usually refers to an "appointment" and does not imply sexy time. If you use the word "rendez-vous" to refer to a date, and it happens to get sexy, well, that's another story.

Until people start to understand that "rendez-vous" does not necessarily have a sexual connotation, you can tell your friends that you have to go because you have a rendez-vous at 3:00 with your boss. If they give you a strange look, just set them straight!

Now I should get going because I have a very
important rendez-vous with a certain ICED ROCKET FUEL!!


Merci, Mademoiselle Love
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jenée here - I wonder how many "French" Rendez-vous Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin had before they turned into "American" Rendez-vous????  This iconic French couple goes down in history as one of the coolest.
I mean, how many ladies can say there is a Hermes handbag named for them?!
Serge & Jane at a photo shoot Rendez-Vous






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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
Is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana, with a serious interest in fashion and my friend, the author, a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.
Tune in to KVPI every morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. But to make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.