Pardon My French
Unleash Your Inner Gaul
ISBN 9781440634109 | 256 pages | 15 May 2008 | Gotham Trade Paperback | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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From getting the best value from the boulangerie to ordering a steak without getting sneered at, an A-to-Z guide to fitting in en Franšais"Coming to France? Forget the rest, read the best. This book will save you from being the butt of the Frenchman's humour."
Englishman Charles Timoney was thrown into French life headfirst twenty-five years ago when he and his wife moved to her native France. He had studied French in school, but his memory of vocabulary lists and conjugation drills proved no match for day-to-day living. As he blundered his way toward fluency, he kept a list of words and phrases that wonderfully (sometimes wickedly) epitomized aspects of the French culture-and were used only by native speakers.
Pardon My French tackles the delightful absurdities of French life and language and steers readers past the potential embarrassments of speaking French in France. It is a book no student, traveler, or language maven should be without.
"A Francophile's humorous guide to the French language. A kind of Eats, Shoots and Leaves meets A Year in the Merde."
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