Tuesday, 30 August 2005

Glossary of terms which I attempted to persuade Marianne, who speaks much better French than I, were colloquial expressions she hadn't come across.

Quelque Chose.
- What a shame.

Comment t'appelles tu!
- Hurry up, slowcoach!

Jambon!
- Onwards!

Ou est la mouton de la nuit?
- What is the meaning of life?

Cordon Bleu!
- Unrepeatable expletive

Confit du canard.
- Scornful term for foreigner who thinks she knows a language, but is in fact ignorant of many of its basic idioms.

25 comments:

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...er, were you his son, or something...

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Eh? Was I John Sullivan's son? No, I was not. I was David Finnemore's son. Whose son were you?

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I'm really hating the way new blogs are getting spammed so easily. Oh, might as well delete this post when you delete the others.

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James Casey said...

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James Casey said...

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The bilingual Frog said...

Those "colloquial french expressions" remind me an english one taught by my father as I was a little child. We were every day late to go to school and as he opened the door of the car and helped me to come in, he always said - I mean every single school day for years and years - that magic english formula "gogowentogun", which means - as everybody knows and I very quikly guessed it - "hurry up, we're late".

Then that was a terrible surprise for me to learn at secundary school (very late because I had learnt German first and started to learn English when I was 13/14) that it was actually just bits and pieces of a conjugation lesson : to go... go : went, gone.

A strong revelation... and after that unforgettable moment I started to have serious doubts about my dad's english skills.. (I really should let you listen to him !)

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