French Word du Jour 8 Dec 2016

«Rien ne se fait sans un peu d’enthousiasme.» – Voltaire

Pronunciation : {ree-in ne se fay san un poo don-too-see-as-ma}

Translation: “Nothing is done without some enthusiasm.”

Word by word

Rien Nothing
ne se fait does not happen
sans without
un a
peu little
d’enthousiasme of enthusiasm

Voltaire – French pronunciation: {vul-tair}

English pronunciation: { Val-tair}

Voltaire was the nom de plume of French author and philosopher François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778).

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