FRENCH FRIDAY #49: LA QUATORZE JUILLET


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Le quatorze juillet
French Pronounciation:  |kah-torz jwee yay|
Definition :  July 14th, French National Holiday, French Independence Day

I sure hope you got to celebrate le quatorze juillet this Monday, because I sure didn't. Don't you hate it when holidays fall on Mondays?  Le quatorze juillet, which simply means July 14th, is France's national holiday (fête nationale) and it commemorates the start of the French revolution of 1789, which began with the storming of the bastille. People in the English-speaking world call it Bastille Day, but that sounds ridiculous, so you should call it by its French name! In France, it is celebrated with parades, fireworks, champagne... you get the picture. It is also celebrated in cities all around the world. One of my favorites is the cheese-eating contest sponsored by Stinky Bklyn! Any way, let's see if Amy Lynn and Simone celebrated le quatorze juillet...



Simone: OMG, Amy Lynn, what's wrong? You look like crap!

Amy Lynn:   I still haven't recovered from Bar Tabac's Bastille Day celebration!  There was sand all over the street, people were throwing metal balls and drinking gallons of Lillet. And I've never eaten so much cheese in my life! Man, your people are crazy!


Simone: Um, my people? That is not how ze French celebrate their national holiday, that is how your people celebrate it! And by the way, it's called le quatorze juillet! Get it right!

Amy Lynn:   Yeah yeah yeah!


So, let us know how you celebrated le quatorze juillet this year. 

À la semaine prochaine!
Mademoiselle Love

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