French basics for short phrases and pleasantries.

By Hawkwood, in 'Other Languages', May 25, 2017.

  1. Imperfacundus Reprobatissimus

    • Civis Illustris
    Just not forum politique.
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  2. Pacifica grammaticissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Belgium
    :D
  3. Hawkwood .

    • Civis
    Ah easy enough. So "forum poésie" say or whatever noun I choose. I'd have gone for an ex-pat one if it was lively, the thought just occurred to me about immersing myself properly.

    Ta
  4. Hawkwood .

    • Civis
    Why didn't I think of that. Ta.
  5. Hawkwood .

    • Civis
    Could impy or pax translate this below for me please?

    "I've not got a laptop yet but will be buying one next month."

    Normally I'd work this out myself but I want to have it right straight away.

    Merci.
  6. Pacifica grammaticissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Belgium
    "Je n'ai pas encore de PC portable mais je vais en acheter un le mois prochain."
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  7. Hawkwood .

    • Civis
    Ah sorry, one last bit. "But I can chat via text until then"

    Big thanks, Pax.
  8. Pacifica grammaticissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Belgium
    "Mais je peux chatter par sms d'ici là."
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  9. Imperfacundus Reprobatissimus

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    How do you tell apart je ne peux pas le faire and je peux ne pas le faire in casual ne-less speech ?
  10. Pacifica grammaticissima

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    Location:
    Belgium
    I'd keep the "ne" in the second one.
  11. Imperfacundus Reprobatissimus

    • Civis Illustris
    But otherwise just by context ?
  12. Pacifica grammaticissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Belgium
    To my mind, "ne" is requisite in the second one. I guess it's possible for someone speaking really carelessly to leave it out, but that would be a mistake.
  13. Imperfacundus Reprobatissimus

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    Note to any American or British students thinking of going to live with a host family in France:

    Upon arrival, your first word to the host should be ''Bonjour!'' As they welcome you into their home, be sure to show your appreciation for their hospitality and generosity. Here is an example phrase you might find useful (the assumed genders here are masculine for speaker, feminine for addressed):

    ''Merci, beaucu, vous êtres très gentille et bonne. Je suis tellement excité de m'introduire à vous!
    Translation: ''Thank you very much, you are very kindhearted and good. I am so excited to introduce myself to you!''

    Enjoy your stay and remember to have fun!
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  14. Pacifica grammaticissima

    • Civis Illustris
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    Belgium
    Are you turning all Etaoin Shrdlu or what?
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  15. Dantius Homo Sapiens

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    in orbe lacteo
    :confused:
  16. Pacifica grammaticissima

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    Location:
    Belgium
    I mean deceiving learners with misleading advice, as she tried to do.

    "Beaucu", intentional misspelling for "beaucoup", which mean "very much", sounds like "beau cul", which means "pretty ass".

    "Bonne" does indeed mean literally "good (fem.)", but when applied to a woman in French that can mean "hot", "sexually attractive".

    "Je suis tellement excité" can be taken as "I am so sexually aroused".

    And, "m'introduire à vous" is, well, indeed a literal translation of "to introduce myself to you", but it isn't very idiomatic in the sense of the English expression, and the verb "introduire" can have connotations which you may guess.
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  17. Imperfacundus Reprobatissimus

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    Terribly sorry, I must note that the phrase was not entirely accurate.

    You see, it should say êtes rather than *êtres.

    À toute à l'heure, les élèves !
  18. Hawkwood .

    • Civis
    Je peux vous compandre mais je ne peux pas savior votre insinuation.
  19. Quasus Civis Illustris

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Coimbra, Portugal
    Adding "dernier message" to the query also helps. :)
  20. Hawkwood .

    • Civis
    Ah I see. I've managed to make a couple of skype connections over the last few days so I'll probably put the French forum on hold for a while. I did join one but it was hard striking up banter.

    Merci.

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