French Friday #12: Je ne sais quoi


This week's French phrase
by:  Mademoiselle Love

Je ne sais quoi
pronounced:   zhə nə say kwah  
   
Translation
Literally - I don't know what
Figuratively - That certain something special 


Have you ever wondered how Mrs. Jenéesaisquoi got her blog name?

Pronunciation for Jenée sais quoi:
[zhə nay say kwah]


Has there ever been anything so great, so mind-blowingly innovative and fascinating, but you just couldn't put your finger on exactly what it was that made it so mind-bogglingly cool? Well, that is how Jenéesaisquoi got her name.
In French, "Je ne sais quoi" means "I don't know what". And when someone (or something) is just so special, but you can't put into words why or how, you say she has a certain "je ne sais quoi" about her. 

The French also really like puns, and that is exactly what "Jenéesaisquoi" is. It's a play on the phrase "Je ne sais quoi". And by now, I think we all know that Mrs. Jenéesaisquoi and her blog have that certain special something about them, non?
Let's see how Simone and Pierre use this very useful phrase:

Pierre: Simone, I theenk I'm falling in love weez your friend Amy Lynn.

Simone: Really? That dingbat? 

Pierre: Oui! What deed you call her??

Simone: Oh, never mind. You were saying...?

Pierre: Yes, there eez just something about her. I can't quite say what eet eez exactlee...
Simone: You mean, she's just got that "je ne sais quoi" about her?

Pierre: Exactlee! Zat eez eet!
Merci Beaucoup,
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 Wednesday and Friday 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.
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jenée here - How perfect that je ne sais quoi was on Mademoiselle's Love lesson plan for today?! Finally you all have a clear understanding of what is going on here.  So often, when I would introduce myself to new people it would go like this... "Hello, I'm Jenée" "Oh, Jenée?, like Je ne sais quoi?" "Uh, yes, basically, like that." At one point my friend Wendy told me if I was ever a burlesque dancer, I should call myself Jenée Sais Quoi. Well, that dream never came, true but it does make a great blog name. Oddly enough, for your viewing pleasure, I was able to dig up this video taken last year when I did have my 3 minutes of fame as a burlesque dancer. It was my bachelorette party in NYC and I was called on stage to compete for a bottle of champagne. I was so nervous I was actually shaking a little but luckily I've watched enough performances to recall some hot moves. The MC is the infamous, Murray Hill. Love him.  Enjoy.