Monthly Archives: February 2008

How would YOU translate ‘Casse-toi’?

President Sarkozy is known for his temper. (Americans saw it first hand on 60 Minutes!) A recent explosion appeared the other day on the French news and is still on YouTube for all to see and hear. It’s not the … Continue reading

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Silly bilingual joke: Theft in Paris

A thief in Paris planned to steal some paintings from the Louvre. After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings and made it safely to his van.However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran … Continue reading

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The Essence of the French

A British Euro-joke tells of a meeting of officials from various countries who listen to a British proposal, nodding sagely at its numerous benefits; the French delegate stays silent until the end, then taps his pencil and remarks, “I can … Continue reading

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In under 2 minutes – answers to your questions about French words

Eminent linguistics professor Bernard Cerquiglini answers questions about French words from viewers all over the planet. He appears almost daily on TV5’s “Merci professeur.” Can we make “premier ministre” feminine, for example? If you are a subscriber to TV5 on … Continue reading

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The French equivalent of Jon Stewart

Une amie française m’a recommendé les commentaires d’une comique qui fait du ‘stand-up’ (sic!) et qui ressemble, à mon avis, à notre Jon Stewart ou Bill Maher. Elle s’appelle Anne Roumanoff, elle a fait Sciences Po (i.e., a étudié la … Continue reading

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