French Friday #18: Oh Là Là


This Week's French Phrase
by Mademoiselle Love
Oh Là Là
Pronounced:   | oh la la |
Translation: Oh My -or- Oh No

This morning I'm having a cup of ICED coffee (BECAUSE THERE IS A HEAT WAVE!!!) while I plan a party. I'm throwing my cousin's bachelorette party, and I can't help but think that us Louisiana girls are gonna cause some trouble in NYC! I have a feeling we're gonna give people lots of reasons to say oh là là...

Americans have definitely heard this very common French expression, we usually say "ooh la la", whereas in France, it's actually "Oh là là". Americans primarily use it in response to some kind of naughtiness or sexiness. For example, when I picked out the lingerie I'm giving my cousin for her bachelorette party, I was definitely thinking oh là là. What do you think? 

However, in France, it is used for all sorts of situations- not just for sexy situations. For example, if someone trips and falls, you might hear a French person yell oh là là! In fact, if a French person is scared, annoyed, disappointed, sad, surprised or sympathetic, there's a chance you might hear an oh là là. And finally, when a pretty girl walks by, be surprised only if you don't hear an oh là là

Let's spy on Amy Lynn & her boyfriend, Pierre.

Pierre: Oh là là là là...

Amy Lynn: Like, why did you say that?

Pierre: Onlee beecause you look so incrediblee sexee in your beekini.

Amy Lynn: Uh, thanks... Oh no! Pierre! You just spilled wine all over my bikini.

Pierre: Oh là là! I'm sorree! I can be so clumsee sometimes.

Amy Lynn: That's ok. I'll just take it off!

Pierre: Oh là là!

What a versatile phrase, non? One last tip: An oh là là said out of frustration will certainly not sound the same as an "OMG, you're getting naked" ...oh là là.

Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love
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jenée sais quoi here: 
Oh là là is one of my favorite French expressions. This week there is a terrible heat wave in NYC - actually it's everywhere. One of the few good things about the heat was Orlando Bloom pictured shirtless on the cover of the NYPost Thursday. It's too hot to wear clothes!!! Oh là là !!!!!!
Orlando Bloom Shirtless, Heatwave

Later Mademoiselle Love and I are meeting to discuss it on our next Video. Come back next week for a visual tutoring session.

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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 Mademoiselle Love, 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 Monday, 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.