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Pardon My French: Unleash Your Inner Gaul

Charles Timoney

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ISBN 10: 1846140528 / ISBN 13: 9781846140525
Published by Penguin, 2007
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Pardon My French: Unleash Your Inner Gaul

Publisher: Penguin

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Printing - may be Reissue.

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Takes you through various words you need to survive, shows how and why they work, and steers you past various pitfalls and potential embarrassments of speaking French in France. This title covers various areas of everyday life from eating and drinking to travel, work and, crucially, and, swearing and sounding like a teenager.


'So good...the book describes the French real French people speak, as opposed to the French you're taught in school. It also, delicately and amusingly, looks at the pscychology of the French. Some French words are just false friends. A 'gateaux' is a rather dull biscuit, not an elaborate cake. 'Creme anglaise' is not cream, but custard. If you photograph a French person, you don't ask them to say 'cheese' and certainly not 'fromage'; instead they sy 'ouistiti', which, weirdly, means a marmoset. The word 'verge' is French for the male organ, which delights the few French travellers here when they see a road sign: 'soft verges'.'
-- Guardian

'The hilarious survival guide to French: from ordering a steak without getting sneered at to how exactly to say oh la la this is not just the most entertaining, but also the most useful book on France and the French you'll ever read.'
-- Living France

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