La famille La belle-doche

Qu'en pensez-vous?

  • What kind of relationships have you observed in television, movies... or in your own experience, with in-laws?
  • Can you think of any (in)famous in-law pairs?


Look at the “Modern Family” tree and describe any two relationships between the characters.. For example:

Modèle: Jay est le beau-père de Manny.


Study the demographics chart from the French Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques that shows family structures in France from 1990, 1999, and 2008. Now, answer the following comprehension questions:

Faites voir

Watch 2:36-3:27 of the following clip (chez la belle-mère) from the series Un gars, une fille. The dialog is fast, and you are not expected to understand it in its entirety. Instead, the first time you watch it pay attention to what the characters are doing, their non-verbal cues. The second time, listen for words that you know.


Based on the video clip above, fill out the first part of the following worksheet and bring it to class.

Slang / Idioms

Calling somone your fiston (son) or your fifille (daughter) can be an endearing term, but be careful. Les mômes or les gosses (kids or kiddos), for example, can also be used derogatively to refer to annoying children.

Some family slang such as un beauf originally refers to one’s brother-in-law but the term is now more widely used to mean a rude, unintelligent, and sometimes trashy-looking person