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Poisson d’avril - April Fool.

Nouns - Customs and Festivals 01

What are ‘fête du travail’, ‘jour férié’ and ‘pâques’? How would you , ‘April Fool’ or ‘New Year’s Eve’?

Studying Year 10 or 11 French? This rapid revision quiz is for you.

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FIND OUT ABOUT SUBSCRIPTIONS

Nouns are words we use to name people, places or things. They come in many types, from abstract to proper but in this quiz we look at some French nouns which identify customs and festivals. Learn how to say party, Easter, New Year’s Day and lots of other nouns you’ll need to know for the GCSE exams.

In each question you will be given a word or words in French. All you have to do is choose the English equivalent from the four choices offered.
1.
La Saint Valentin
Valentine’s Day
All Saints Day
All Saints Eve
Michaelmas
Even though Valentine was a man, we use la, not le
2.
Fête du travail
Good Friday
May Day
Halloween
Bonfire Night
Fête du travail is literally “festival of work”
3.
Fête
Jelly
Buffet
Party
Gift
Fête = party, festival, holiday, feast or celebration
4.
Poisson d’avril
Fish supper
Easter Sunday
Fisherman’s Day
April Fool
Poisson d’avril is both April Fools Day and an April Fool
5.
La veille de Noël
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
Boxing Day
Twelfth Night
Boxing Day = le lendemain de Noël
6.
Fête des mères
Mother’s Day
Father's Day
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Eve
Father’s Day = fête des pères
7.
La Saint-Sylvestre
Boxing Day
Michaelmas
Christmas Eve
New Year’s Eve
As well as la Saint-Sylvestre you could also say réveillon de Nouvel an
8.
Le jour de l'An
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Eve
Christmas Day
Boxing Day
New Year’s Day is the first day of the year
Le jour de l'an est le premier jour de l'année
9.
Jour férié
Advent
Bank holiday / public holiday
Pancake Day
Good Friday
Of course, Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday) is mardi gras
10.
Pâques
Lent
Ramadan
Easter
Diwali
Lent = Carême
Ramadan = Ramadan
Diwali = Diwali
Author:  Graeme Haw

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