Sunday, January 20, 2013

Côté voiture

Anne and I were having dinner in a French restaurant last night, when I noticed a specialty cocktail on the menu that might appeal to her. "Which one?" she asked.

"The côté voiture."

"What does that mean?"

"Well, 'voiture' is car. Côté...Damn, I know that word. Aghh! What's that word? 'Something' car.."

Before I could come up with it, Anne started reading the ingredients..."Cognac, Grand Marnier, sugar...It's a sidecar!"

Of course: à côté means "next to." A year of studying French, and I come up empty, but my wife, who had one semester 40 years ago (but knows her mixology), comes up with the term! Needless to say, somewhat shaken and in need of a drink, I ordered one.


  1. Sounds delicious. How was it? Pam

  2. Replies
    1. What old pictures? That's how Anne and I get around.

  3. I downloaded your verb conjugation visual and put it up in my kitchen where I look at it every day. It's next to a language learning calendar that I also use. You should have a look at it at www(dot)fluentfrenchnow(dot)com.

  4. c'est le même que toute une année de quatrième année de classe françaises! ce qui est très bon pour les débutants, je suis actuellement en classe de neuvième année académique français, ici au Canada, nous lear comme une langue seconde! me souhaiter bonne chance à mon examen!

  5. For some reason, anecdotes such as yours are perfect to build vocabulary.
    I find myself looking for the right words (without much luck)more often than not! But when something happens (especially if its a misunderstanding you wish you could forget)Your memory will grab onto those words and never let go.


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