I Dont speak French

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I read on here a day or 2 a go certainly in the last week about an app that you can scan the words and it translates for you. Now I wrote this in a safe place so safe I cant find it and I have looked on here too anyone help ?
while on the Subject any other tips hints be great to overcome the language barrier time to shrug of my ignorant side ha ha as per norm many thanks for any advice Paul
 

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Errrrr...... Quelques leçons ? ;)(y)
First advice: Don't learn words on their own. Each word might have different meanings. Learn whole sentences. La cruche est pleine (the jug is full)
Je suis une belle cruche ; I'm pretty stupid (idiot)

Cruche d'eau: You can ask for one in a bar, but for goodness sake don't say , "Je peux avoir LA cruche? (this means "Can I have THE idiot" .... probably meaning the waiter you had some other time before . The simple fact that you use THE instead of A will change it all.!

Happy travel !

Frankie:)
 

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I read on here a day or 2 a go certainly in the last week about an app that you can scan the words and it translates for you. Now I wrote this in a safe place so safe I cant find it and I have looked on here too anyone help ?
while on the Subject any other tips hints be great to overcome the language barrier time to shrug of my ignorant side ha ha as per norm many thanks for any advice Paul
 

yodeli

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Beer = bierre
Pint = grand.
Thirsty = deux.

T'jobs a good 'un :)


Except that beer is feminine So it is "Deux grandes bières S'IL VOUS PLAIT !!!!!"

You can forget about the feminine but don't forget Please ..... or you might be the last client to be served and without any smile!
 
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It's easy to order 3 beers!

Deux Bierres , et,- - - - one fer me mate!:rolleyes:
 
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Except that beer is feminine So it is "Deux grandes bières S'IL VOUS PLAIT !!!!!"

You can forget about the feminine but don't forget Please ..... or you might be the last client to be served and without any smile!
Nah. We just shout.


Oi. Garcon. :)
 
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Think it will be very useful when shopping. Certainly won't buy beef heart kebabs again . Only recognising the word boeuf thought they would be okay . Vile!
 

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Der be air,silver plate. Works every time.
Reminds me of a trip to Germany,me and a mate were sent to the chippie to get 4 portions of sausage and chips but didn't know the German for 4.We lined up and each ordered two," zwie bratwurst mit fritt bitter"
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I found a great way to get French camp site owners on my side is to stop, stare at any scenery that looks remotely pretty and with suitable hand gestures say..

Ahhh.. magnifique !!!! Belle... Belle !!!

Suddenly you are their best mate who OBVIOUSLY has good taste and suddenly they will not think you an ignorant ros boeuf but a poor chap who has not yet learnt all of the beautiful language that is French
 
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Hi

SWMBO and I use Fast French in a Day, available from Amazon here. This is learning a bit of French for the very lazy, a cd that teaches you a few words and phrases so that you can get by. I mentioned it before (sorry) on here but as the subject of learning the lingo has come up again I thought I would give details.

Paul
 

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Also worth mentioning though somewhat off topic, is Fast Spanish in a day
 
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Be polite where ever possible thank you and pleas go's a long way in any langue I cant speak hardly any French but with a bit of body language thank you and pleas and try
to be polite and they will help you.
had some grate holidays and only ever met a few French the are ignorant enough to fully snub us
had more problems in Canada than any where Quebec French Canadians are the worst French speaking folks I have ever come across for being un helpful.
bill
 
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