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aigle

aigle=eagle

 

Allier

Allier=go

 

are-en-ciel

The word "are-en-ciel" is French for "rainbow".

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are-en-ciel

arc-en-ciel=rainbow When there in both rain and sunshine sometimes you can see a arc-en-ciel (rainbow) in the sky. only=116

 

Aube

Aube=paddle

 

Aunette

Aunette is a small stream that flows into a larger stream called Nonette.

Opal uses this name for a place near the house of her blind friend, the girl who has no seeing.

 

Auvergne

Auvergne is the name of a province in south central France.

Opal gives the name "Auvergne" to a place near the home of her blind friend, the girl who has no seeing.

 

bon ami

bon ami=good friend A cleaning soap that we use is called bon-ami (good friend) because it helps us clean thing like a good friend would. first=124 last=307 best=124

 

Bonjour

Bonjour, petite Françoise=Hello, little Francis When I saw my friend he said to me, Bonjour, petite Françoise (hello, little Francis). only=223

 

bruant

bruant=bunting

 

C'est la pleine lune

C'est la pleine lune=It's the full moon The moon looked very big and round tonight and I said to myself, c'est la pleine lune (it's the full moon). only=486

 

Camargue

Camargue is a marshy place in southern France where the Rhone river flows.

 

camarine

camarine=(some kind of flower) only=62

 

canard

Canard is French for duck.

 

chant d'automne

forêt de =forest of route du Connétable=Constable road chant d'automne=fall time chante One song that I love to sing is the chant d'automne (fall time chante) only=119

 

chapine

chapine=I'm not even sure if this is a French word, but it might be, it's not in the dictionary

 

chardonneret

goldfinch, a species of birds.

Opal uses this word in a song she sings to the baby.

 

charmante

charmante=charming The charmante (charming) baby was asleep when I visited. only=213 reine=queen gênet fleur=broom flower guirlande=garland

 

chataignier

chataignier=chestnut There are no chataigner (chestnut) trees around here. only=163

 

chateau of Neuilly

The chateau (castle) of Neuilly was a place in Paris France. Opal tells Sadie McKibben that she is building the "chateau of Neuilly".

The castle (chateau) of Neuilly was where a duke of the royal family of Orleans lived.

 

chêne

chêne=oak tree In Fall, chêne (oak tree) leaves turn brown and fall off the tree. first=91 last=569 best=156

 

cochon

Cochon is French for pig.

 

comparer

comparer=to compare In the game comparer (to compare) we compare the differences between things we see. first=64 last=140 best=64

 

cornette

cornette=cornet

 

cygne

cygne=swan

 

daine

Daine is French for deer.

 

demoiselle

demoiselle=lady I pretend I am demoiselle (lady) when and I dip my toes into the water. first=506 last=552 best=506

 

dindon

Dindon is French for turkey.

 

Douze

Douze=twelve

 

draine

draine=mistlethrush

 

Dreux

Dreux is a town outside of Paris France on the river Blaise.

Dreux is famous for its cemetery for members of the Orleans royal family. Opal buries her pet crow, Lars Porsena and other birds at a place she calls "Dreux".

 

Dreux by Blaise

Dreux is a town outside of Paris France on the river Blaise.

Dreux is famous for its cemetery for members of the Orleans royal family. Opal buries her pet crow, Lars Porsena and other birds at a place she calls "Dreux".

 

éclaire

éclaire=some kind of flower

 

érable

érable=maple tree In the yard there is a large érable (maple tree). first=91 last=131 best=91

 

Essonne

Essonne is the name of a river in France.

Essonne is Opal's name for one of the singing brooks that flow from Champion Creek into the river (Mosby Creek).

 

étourneau

The French word étourneau means "starling" in English.

 

faon

poulain=colt moulot=baby mouse mère daine=mother deer faon=fawn A faon (fawn) and it's mother deer were walking through the forest today. first=174 last=540 best=540

 

fête d'oncle

fête d'oncle=festival of the oncle today I sang the song of the fête d'oncle (festival of the oncle). only=480

 

fleur

fleur=flower There is a red fleur (flower) on your hat. first=189 last=585 best=350

 

fleur chant de fête de grandpère of niverolle and ortolan and verdier and étourneau and nenufar and éclaire and ulmaire and fraxinelle

fleur chant de fête de grandpère=flower song of the festival of the grandfather

 

flours

flours=flowers There are many beautiful red flours (flowers) out side my house. only=381

 

forêt

forêt=forest A forêt (forest) is full of beautiful trees. first=117 last=464 best=118

 

forêt d'Ermenonville

The forêt d'Ermenonville is a forest north of Paris France.

Opal uses this name for a place near the house of her blind friend, the girl who has no seeing.

Opal also builds her own forest of Ermenonville out of small sticks cut for her family's wood stove.

 

forêt de Chantilly

The forêt (forest) of Chantilly is the name of an ancient old growth forest near Chantilly France. It is north of Paris.

Opal makes a forest from the small pieces of wood cut for the wood stove.

Chantilly is famous for its silk lace and beautiful forests.

 

forêt de Montmorency

The forêt (forest) de Montmorency is a large forest of chestnut trees near Paris France.

 

Garonne

The Garonne is a river in southwestern France, rising in Spain.

Opal uses this word in a song she sings to the baby.

 

Garonne and Gers and Gard

The Garonne is a river in southwestern France, rising in Spain.

The Gers is hilly region of southwestern France.

The Gard is a region in southeastern France. <.p> Opal uses this word in a song she sings to the baby.

 

grandmére

grandmére=grandmother my grandmére (grandmother) lives far away. first=515 last=578 best=578

 

grandpère

grandpère=grandfather Today I am going to visit my grandpère (grandfather). first=301 last=578 best=578

 

guirlande

The word guirlande is French for the word "garland". A garland is a wreath or circle of flowers that girls wear like a crown or a necklace. In ancient Greece and Rome athletes who won at sports would be rewarded with garlands.

 

herbe- de-la-trinite

herbe-de-la-trinite=Herb of the Trinity

 

hirondelle

hirondelle=swallow

 

hiver

hiver=winter during hiver (winter) some animals hibernate. first=75 last=468 best=189

 

ibis

ibis=crane

 

Il tonne

Il tonne=It's thundering I saw fashes in the sky during storm and I said il tonne (it's thundering). only=572

 

Indre

Indre is a region in west central France.

Opal uses this word in a song she sings to the baby.

 

Iraouaddy

The Iraouaddy is a major river in Tibet and China.

Opal uses this word in a song she sings to the baby.

 

iris

iris=iris

 

Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries were the gardens at the royal palace near Paris, France.

Opal's "Jardin des Tuileries" was a small garden close to the near woods.

 

Je viens

Je viens=I'm coming "The wind did say Je viens (I'm coming)." only=238

 

l'été approche

l'été approche=summer is coming They were saying to me l'éte approche (summer is coming). only=411

 

lavande

lavande=lavander The little lavande (lavander) bows on her dress were pretty. first=365 last=366 best=366

 

Le chanson de

Le chanson de the song of To put the baby to sleep I sang Le chanson de (the song of) Saint Firmin. only=108

 

le chant de fleurs

le chant de fleurs=the flower song I sang le chant de fleurs (the flower song) to the baby. first=474 last=480 best=474

 

Le chant de Seine, de Havre, et Essonne et Nonette et Roullon et Iton et Darnetal et Ourcq et Rille et Loing et Eure et Audelle et Nonette et Sarc

Le chant de Seine, de Havre, et Essonne et Nonette et Roullon et Iton et Darnetal et Ourcq et Rille et Loing et Eure et Audelle et Nonette et Sarc=The song of the Seine, of Haven, and Essonne and Nonette and Roullon and Iton and Darnetal and Ourcq and Rille and Loing and Eure and Audelle and Nonette and Sarc

 

Le ciel est plein de nuages, qui ont l'air de navires

Le ciel est plein de nuages, qui ont l'air de navires=The sky is full of clouds that look like ships I looked up into the sky and saw that le ciel est plein de nuages, qui ont l'air de navires (the sky is full of clouds that look like ships).

 

Le printemps viendra bientot

Le printemps viendra bientot=Fall is coming for sure "Then the wind did say Le printemps viendra bientot (Fall is coming for sure)." only=238

 

Loing

The Loing is a river in central France.

Loing is Opal's name for one of the singing brooks that flow from Champion Creek into the river (Mosby Creek).

 

loriot

loriot=golden oriole

 

Lounette

Lounette is a stream that flows into Nonette.

Opal uses this name for a place near the house of her blind friend, the girl who has no seeing.

 

Maintenant est hiver, Le ciel est gris, Le champ est tranquille, Les fleurs dorment, Maintenant est hiver

Maintenant est hiver,=Now is winter Le ciel est gris,=The sky is blue Le champ est tranquille,=The fields are quiet Les fleurs dorment,=The flowers are sleeping Maintenant est hiver.=Now is winter only=163

 

mère

mère daine=mother deer I saw a mère daine (mother deer) and it's baby in the field. only=209

 

mère de

mère de=mother of Jeanne d'Albret is the mère de (mother of) Henry. first=192 last=209 best=192

 

merle

The French word for a blackbird is a "merle".

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mulot

Moulot is French for mouse.

 

nenufar rose

nenufar rose=? (some kind of rose)

 

Nonette

The Nonnette is a river in south central France.

Nonnette is Opal's name for one of the singing brooks that flow from Champion Creek into the river (Mosby Creek).

 

nonnette

 

Nous entendons

Nous entendons=We hear you "The plants did answer make, nous entendons (we hear you)." only=238

 

Nous fleurirons bientot

Nous fleurirons bientot=we are blooming for sure "And the plants did answer make, nous fleurirons bientot (we are blooming for sure)." only=238

 

nymphes de fourmis

nymphes de fourmis=ant nymphes On the ground I saw ants carrying nymphes de fourmis (ant nymphes) in their mouths. only=441

 

Oise

Oise is a creek that the stream Nonette flows into. Opal names it for a river in France.

 

oncle

oncle=uncle My oncle (uncle) is very nice to me. first=422 last=578 best=578

 

orfraie

orfraie=White tailed eagle

 

Orne

The Orne is a river in northern France.

Orne is Opal's name for one of the singing brooks that flow from Champion Creek into the river (Mosby Creek).

 

Orne and Loing and Yonne and Rille and Essonne

There are Opal's names for the small streams that flow into Mosby Creek. (Opal's rivière). The brooks are actually offshoots from one large stream named Champion Creek. She gives these streams the French names of Orne and Loing and Yonne and Rille and Essonne. These are rivers near Chantilly, France.

 

Orne and Loing and Yonne and Rille and Essonne

There are Opal's names for five small streams that flow into Mosby Creek (what Opal calls the "rivière").

The five streams are actually offshoots from a larger mountain stream named Champion Creek.

 

ortolan

ortolan=ortolan

 

papillons

Here is a photograph of the beautiful monarch butterfly. Butterflies come out of a cocoon made by a caterpillar.

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pensée

pensée=thinking

 

petite

petite=little

 

petite Françoise

petite=little Come over here petite (little) girl. first=32 last=486 best=135

 

Petite Françoise, c'est jour gris

Petite Françoise, c'est jour gris=Little Francis, the day is gray. The forest said to me, Petite Françoise, c'est jour gris (Little Francis, the day is gray). only=209

 

Picardie

Picardie is the name of area in northern France.

Opal gives the name Picardie to a place near the home of her blind friend, the girl who has no seeing.

 

poisson

Poisson is French for fish.

 

Pont Royal

Pont Royal means royal bridge. Opal calls a bridge across the singing creek Pont Royal.

 

poulain

Poulain is French for colt.

 

ramier

ramier=woodpigeon

 

Rhone

The Rhone is a river in south eastern France.

 

Rille

Rille is the name of a river in France. >/p> Rille is Opal's name for one of the singing brooks that flow from Champion Creek into the river (Mosby Creek).

 

RIVER NAMES - FRENCH

it Le chant de Seine, de Havre, et Essonne et Nonette et Roullon et Iton et Darnetal et Ourcq et Rille et Loing et Eure et Audelle et Nonette et Sarc

 

roitelet

roielet=Kinglet

 

rose

rose=pink My dress is the color rose (pink). only=365

 

rosée

rosée=pink The sunset this evening was very rosée (pink). only=464

 

rossignol

rossignol=nightingale

 

rousserolle

rousserolle=marsh warbler

 

roussette

roussette=dogfish, flying fox, or common frog

 

route du Connétable

The route du Connétable is a road in France that goes through the forest of Chantilly.

 

Saint Firmin

Saint Firmin is a town north of Paris France in the historic Chantilly area.

Saint Firmin is where members of the French royal family, the Orleans lived.

 

sarcelle

sarcelle=teal

 

St. Germain-en-Laye

St. Germain-en-Laye is the name of a place in the woods near Opal's hospital and nursery.

St. Germain-en-Laye is the name of a section of France, near Paris.

 

statues of hiver

hiver=winter

 

tante

tante=aunte I looked at the picture of me and my tante (aunt). first=417 last=578 best=578

 

tourterelle

tourterelle=turtledove

 

tricot

tricot=sweater The weather is cold enough that I have to wear my tricot (sweater). only=223 Bonjour, petite Françoise=Hello, little Francis

 

tulipe

tulipe=tulip

 

ville

town

I built a little ville (town) out of rocks in the forest.

 

ville of St. Denis

The ville (city) of St. Denis is near Paris France. Saint Denis is the patron saint of France.

Opal builds a small city of St. Denis out of sticks and stones. It is near the home of her blind friend, the girl who has no seeing.

 

Yonne

The Yonne is a river in northern France.

Yonne is Opal's name for one of the singing brooks that flow from Champion Creek into the river (Mosby Creek).

 

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