Campus escapades

5 Lovable Phrases in Langue d’amour

Salut! Is the french word for hi. Over the years, French has been known as the language of love (langue d’amour). When I first heard that, I thought it is because of the word french itself. For some reason it sounded like a kiss to my ears. I can’t explain how or why. However, when I went to high school and had a taste of it, I got to understand why. I chose French as my technical (I also don’t understand why those electives were referred to as ‘technicals’) . I know I most probably chose the subject because of the kiss mentality. Hahah! But I can tell you for sure it is a language of love.

Anyway, I did it for roughly two years and had to make a difficult decision in my 2nd year to either continue with the subject or with Computer Studies instead. I was good and loved both of them but sadly had to let one of them go. I knew “out here” I’d do French but really needed computer studies to sort my issues on my own at the local cyber café.

Later on here I am enjoying French in campus, thanks to Strathmore it is an elective in their undergraduate curriculum. You will bear me witness that if you like something you will go extra miles to make sure you are good at it and also to acquire as much knowledge as possible. It was in one of those ‘miles’ that I came across some rather sweet phrases that I think we definitely need in English. You know how you can’t translate some wordings and their meaning be brought out well better than in their original language? Some jokes are like that, you know. So here’s a list of 5 phrases that I collected; they can be used to express those feel-good-moments, but only in french. Read on 

1. La douleur exquise

la douleur  …ouch…

2. Sortable

sortable and we all have this person

3. Retrouvailles


4. Trouvaille


5. Chantepleurer

These kids did the explanation better than any dictionary.

crying-and-singing crying and singing it is. Touching!

Sooo… next time you find yourself in a situation, why not pull a “je m’ appelle” .

(images courtesy of word~struck and google)