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Learn French 16: Piscine

Learning a new language is like learning a new sport. It is tough in the beginning but with practice, it gets perfect.

La piscine

The swimming pool

Je vais à la piscine.

I go to the swimming pool.

La piscine est grande.

The swimming pool is big.

Il y a une piscine près de mon école.

There is a swimming pool near my school.

Swimming is an important exercise, leisure activity and sport in France. Synchronized swimming is practiced.

Culture Tip:

The film Life of Pi, adapted from the book with the same name written by Yann Martel has an interesting reference to the word Piscine.

Pi, the protagonist, whose full name is Piscine Molitor Patel, got his name from a champion swimmer, who named him after a swimming pool in France. At school, he was called “Pissing” because Piscine sounds like that word. He then began using the nickname Pi, which recalls the number beginning with 3.14 and having no end that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.


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