FRENCH FRIDAY #32: QUELLE SURPRISE

Do You Fake it???
La Tasse de Café | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love
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Quelle surprise!
Pronounced: [kel syur-preez]
Definition: What a surprise!

Around this gift-giving time of year, we might not always have the right words to express how we feel about gifts we've received. A good French expression to use whether you like a gift or not is...

Quelle surprise!

The word quelle or the masculine form quel just means "what" or "which", and it can be added to any noun. 
For example: 
quelle chance! = "what luck!"
quelle horreur! = how horrible, that's terrible
quel dommage! = "what a shame!" 
and quelle coïncidence! = "what a coincidence"

You get it! Let's see what Simone and Amy Lynn are up to this holiday season.

Simone: Amy Lynn, so I, like, got you a Christmas present.

Amy Lynn: OMG, thanks, Simone! 

Amy Lynn opens her gift.

Amy Lynn: Quelle surprise! I've always wanted a ... bottle of Chanel No.5 perfume. Thank you! I got you a little something too. Voilà!

Simone opens her gift. It's a gift certificate for shopping (at a mass market department store)

Simone: Quelle horreur! OMG, did you really think I would ever be caught dead shopping at JaCque Pennay?!  Like, eew!

Amy Lynn: OMG Simone! You could have at least lied. And anyway, you don't think I actually like that old lady perfume, do you? 

You'd think they would know each other's tastes by now... What about you? Are you always honest in your reactions to gifts that don't suit you? Are you honest with certain people and not with others? 




Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love
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Jenée here: 
What a great phrase to learn just in time for super gift giving season. It's important to remember that it's the thought that counts. Though, sometimes I have thought no gift would have been better than a pocket size tin filled with "MADE IN CHINA" mints. A thoughtless gift is more insulting than no gift at all. You know who you are... Nick. 

So remember your manners this holiday and employ this really cute expression from Mademoiselle Love - Quelle Surprise!

Actually, talking about China, the gift opening custom in China is my favorite because it's not opened in front of the giver. The receiver politely accepts the gift and then puts it away until they are in private to open it. This takes so much pressure off of everyone. So if you prefer to not have to worry about pretending to like a gift, you can just allude to how worldly you are and say "you will open it later when you are alone as the Chinese custom".





HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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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.