What is the Speak Easy?

The Speak Easy is a word game to help FUSAC readers with their French. The reader chooses the French word or expression to match the English equivalent. There is a puzzle published each month in FUSAC magazine.

In solving the puzzles we discover that in English we say « don’t count your chickens before they are hatched » but in French the chicken is transformed into a bear. The French expression is “Il ne faut pas vendre la peau de l’ours avant de l’avoir tuée” (literally you should not sell the skin of the bear before having killed it).  In English we say “Button your lip”, but in French the mouth is sewn (bouche cousue). By playing the games we learn idiomatic expressions which allow us to integrate cultural references to our language in a playful way. The Speak Easy Puzzles Book is a collection of 68 puzzles with themes to make remembering easier. The book is richly illustrated with original watercolors. Order your copy.

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