French Friday #7: RSVP



This week's French phrase
by:  Mademoiselle Love
RSVP

Today, I'm hanging out with my girl Jenée Sais Quoi at Sweet Leaf Coffee Shop. This is turning into one of my favorite spots. It's bright, comfortable and the Rocket Fuel Iced Coffee is the bomb. Today we are adding another element to La Tasse de Café with video. In addition to my weekly written lesson we now have some video to help with pronunciation and understanding. Hope ya'll enjoy.
                 
So a friend of mine was recently talking about how Americans love to abbreviate things. He said he heard someone refer to Le pain quotidien as "LPQ"!!! I find this completely unacceptable! Let's stop abbreviating! It doesn't take that long to say an entire name, well, unless your name is Peaches Honeyblossom Michelle Charlotte Angel Vanessa Geldof (short version: Peaches Geldof).


But the worst thing about abbreviations is that sometimes we lose track of what they stand for, which brings us to our French term of the week: 
                   RSVP                               
It is an acronym for the phrase Répondez s'il vous plait 
pronounced:   | rā-pōⁿ-dā-sēl-vü-ple |
 Translation - Respond please?
Pay very close attention to the following conversation in order to learn how best to use this term in its unabbreviated form.


Amy Lynn: Simone, could you please RSVP to my invitation? I sent it, like, weeks ago!

Simone: Don't you know you're being, like, totally redundant when you say please RSVP?

Amy Lynn: Um, like, what does redundant mean?
Simone: OMG, You only need to say, "Répondez s'il vous plaît" so that you're not saying Respond please please. But if you just don't abbreviate stuff, you won't end up sounding so dumb.

Amy Lynn: Ok, whatever. Répondez s'il vous plaît ASAP to my invitation!
Simone: OMG, there's no hope for you... 

Little does Simone know, but she could sound a bit smarter if she dropped the OMG, but at least she's trying...


From now on, why not just write it all out: Répondez s'il vous plaît ?

Bonne journée, et bon week-end, mes amis!
Mademoiselle Love
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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.