Joie de vivre (joy of life)
Pronounced JWA-d’veev. Used to describe a person full of life and exuberance, as in: “She exudes optimism, and joie de vivre, no matter what the circumstance.” Using French phrases the right way can be very impressive. Traveling around Europe? Here are some other words you should know––British edition.
Au contraire (on the contrary)
Pronounced OH-kawn-TREHR. Often used to contradict a statement someone else has made in a polite way. It can also be used to contradict a belief. “You may think that you cannot wear textured stockings, but au contraire! The right pattern can make any woman’s legs look lovely, no matter what her age.”