FRENCH FRIDAY #28: À PROPOS

This one really Ups your Game
La Tasse de Café | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love





À propos

Pronounced: (ah propo)
Definition: fitting, opportune, by the way, relevant, regarding

Today, I overheard a conversation between Simone and Amy Lynn about
coffee, and of course, I got excited! I heard Simone use a French
expression that you may have heard before ...
à propos

The expression à propos can be used in many ways in French. In
English, we typically use it to mean "by the way," "speaking of which"
or "how fitting". In English, you might see it written as one word -
"apropos".  Let's see how Simone uses it...

Simone: Americans have no idea what good coffee is...
     (sips her coffee and scowls)

Amy Lynn: OMG, you have no idea what you're talking about. Some
American coffee shops make excellent coffee!
     (prepares her coffee)

Simone: OMG what are you putting in your coffee?

Amy Lynn: I'm just adding some delicious International Delight
hazelnut creamer, and then it will be perfect.

Simone: How disgustingly à propos.

Amy Lynn: Whatever!
      (shrugs her shoulders)

À propos, what are your thoughts on American coffee? Do you agree with
Amy Lynn, or do you prefer French café?




Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love
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Jenée here: 
Thankfully Mlle Love finally cleared this one up for me. This old boyfriend (yes there were boys before Ari) would always use this phrase, and I totally did not know what he was talking about. It made him sound so smart. On top of it he was usually referring to books I never read or government policies that were a bit over my head. Too bad he's long gone because now I could use it on him. I'm supposing I might say something like, "It's so à propos that she wears Tory Burch from head to toe because she is a complete SNOB." orrrrrrrr "She has such a witty sensibility. It's very à propos that Charlotte Olympia is her favorite handbag collection. 
I wonder if my comments might be over his head? Ha! Is it possible that he would understand the defining DNA of these power players in the fashion industry and know how to read their clientele? 
If not, he could start brushing up on his Fashion Cliff Notes at Jenée Sais Quoi!  


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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.