French Friday #21: Bon Voyage

This week's French Phrase
by: Mademoiselle Love

Bon Voyage

pronounced:  [bo-vwah-yaj] 
Translation - Good Trip / Have a Good Time


My valise is packed, and I can seriously hear the gulf coast calling my name. We are heading to Navarre Beach, FL for my cousin's wedding, and we're making a little Gulf Coast road trip out of it! It should be a very relaxing trip. Anyway, in the last couple of days, several friends have said to me, "Have a nice trip" which is a fine thing to say, but I couldn't help but think... if only we had a more convenient expression in English for that. Yep, you guessed it! The French have that one covered with...

Bon voyage!

When taken word for word, it just means "good trip", but idiomatically, it means "have a good trip". Super convenient, right? It gets better. You can use the same formula for so many other situations, such as "bon appétit" which you of course know means basically "Enjoy your meal". There's also "bonne journée" for "Have a good day" or "bonne soirée" for "Have a good evening". Watch Amy Lynn have fun with this one:

Simone: Amy Lynn, you've been so annoying lately, so I'm going to spend a couple days in Bordeaux with my other friends. And no, you can't come.

Amy Lynn: Whatever. I don't want to come! Bon voyage!

Simone: Well, I just might get a new best friend! So there!

Amy Lynn: See if I care. And anyway, you're such a nasty b## - Y####, so that's probably not happening. But, bonne chance!

Sorry Amy Lynn had to be censored today. I guess they've been spending too much time together.  Hopefully you figured out that Amy Lynn wished Simone "good luck" in getting a new best friend, but I have a feeling this is not the end of the Amy Lynn/ Simone saga. 

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jenée here: Since this is Adventure month, Mlle Love is arming us with the appropriate vocab for all of our travels.  Bon Voyage to you! and please share your travels with JSQ. I would love to see pics and hear stories. Mlle Love is the first to share. Catch a glimpse of her Gulf Coast Adventure.






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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. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.