posted Feb 25, 2011, 3:11 PM by Suzanne Swain   [ updated Feb 28, 2011, 7:26 AM ]
It is international words and phrases week! This is going to be so exciting! We have a lot going on this week, where we will be doing lots of activities with punctuation as well as with our foreign words and phrases.
Friday is our international food festival Friday, where students are encouraged to bring in a dish to share from another country.

Here are our words this week:

FRENCH WORDS: (oh la la!)

 R.S.V.P. -French verb -used on an invitation to request a response to it-
répondez s'il vous plaît

déjà vu - French noun - a feeling of having experienced something before,
                                                although in fact it is the first time that it has been experienced

                                                Pronunciation: (DAY-JAH  VOO)

faux pas - French noun - an embarrassing mistake that breaks a social convention
                                                 literal translation is "false step" Pronunciation: (FOH PAW)

du jour  - French adjective  - of the day, served or offered today, or the latest in
                                                        news or trend  EX: Today's soup du jour is chicken noodle.
                                                        Literal translation: "of the day" Pronunciation:  (Doo Zhoor)

bon voyage - French interjection - used to wish someone a good trip, have a safe voyage
                                                                 Literal translation: "good journey" Pronunciation: Bonn

femme fatale - French noun- a highly destructive woman who lures men with her charms, men
                                                    succumb to her every wish

esprit de corps - French noun - the spirit of a group that makes the members want the
                                                    group to succeed. Pronunciation: ESPREE DAY CORE

LATIN WORDS: (Nihil est melior pro te - "nothing is too good for you")

alma mater -  Latin noun - the place where someone was educated, such as a school,
                                                 college, or university. Literal meaning: "bounteous mother," title
                                                 given by the Romans to several goddesses
. Pronunciation: Al - mah

cum laude - Latin adverb/ sometimes adjective - to graduate with academic honors (magna,
                                                summa) Literal translation: "with praise"  Pronunciation: Koom
                                                 LAO DAY

verbatim - Latin noun - using exactly the same words; "he repeated her remarks verbatim"
                                                Pronunciation - VER-BAIT-EM