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Balades ep. 1, Quiz 24: souvenirs de vacances

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    8 seconds, 23 words
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    ' 'passé. ' 'auquel 'associeplusde.
    ' 'passémajoritéde. ' 'endroitauquel 'associeleplusdesouvenirs.

    The above audio sample and transcription is from Balades ep. 1. We do not own the content. Listen to the entire episode here.

    Vacation memories

    Let’s continue with lesson 24.

    If Google Translate is right, and it has been +90% of the time, then souvenirs de vacances is something like “vacation memories”. That is amazing. I love when a word in French is similar but different from English.

    Yes I have many souvenirs from trips, but so many more “souvenirs” in the French sense. Love that this is the expression. Now what are the tchotchkes and trinkets that someone buys to take home and set on a shelf? Maybe “bibelots”… Do you know?

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    There’s absolutely no way that I could get through an entire podcast in French without melting my brain, that’s why I broke it up into snippets like this. Join me for the next snippet.

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    C’est là où j’ai passé la majorité de mes vacances en France. Et c’est l’endroit auquel j’associe le plus de souvenirs de vacances.

    This is where I spent the majority of my holidays in France. And this is the place I associate the most with vacation memories.

    The above text courtesy of Google Translate. Source

    What does “souvenirs des vacances” mean?

    “Souvenirs de vacances” translates to “vacation memories” in English. It refers to memories or keepsakes from a vacation or holiday, like photographs, mementos, or trinkets that remind the person of the places they visited, the things they did, or the people they met during their vacation. It could also refer to a nostalgic feeling or emotions associated with a past vacation.

    And this is where I start to get confused. “Souvenir” in French is memory. But when combined with “de vacances” the meaning becomes souvenir in English.

    “Souvenir” in French can mean “memory” or “keepsake” depending on the context. When combined with “de vacances” it refers to the physical or emotional reminders of a past vacation, like photographs, trinkets, or feelings of nostalgia. In English, “souvenir” is typically only used to refer to physical objects, such as trinkets or mementos. The word for “memory” in English is “memory”, so the phrase “vacation memories” would be the closest translation in English.

    It’s certainly can be a source of confusion for French learners, as the meaning of a word can change depending on the context it’s used in. That’s just the nature of learning a new language!

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    C’est là où

    l’endroit

    souvenirs de vacances.

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