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Dictionary of Modern Colloquial French Hardcover – Jan 1985


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (Jan. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0710097042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0710097040
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 5.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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I was holding off for the second edition of this, but no dice. It's gotta be five stars because I know of no contender (not that I've looked) although much of this metalanguage (colloquial? we're talking SLANG here) is now in the standard dictionaries. I must warn native French speakers, though - this only works one way. Lovatt's translations into English are exquisitely ill-judged. There's one on every page but this will have to suffice, under 'poigne': 'Let's face it, he's not one to dilly-dally!' I pity any French would-be hipster essaying that. Tilly-vally, sir, and pish - slang, by definition, should always be effortlessly, naturally up to the mark

Feb '13
One more example (can't resist): ringard (geek, nurd, dweeb, anorak) is rendered 'gormless nurk'. Try getting your mouth round that, Frenchie! (But I guess the equivalents offered by this old buffer of a reviewer, namely moi, also look a trifle musty.) For coverage, though, MM les anglais, despite its relative compactness this is truly a humdinger, though one could wish for more derivations*. Only your Petit Robert will tell you that that puzzling term avoir les pieds nickelés** is nothing to do with nickel. Oh, you don't have a Petit Robert? It will change your life. Traintrain (routine), by the way, is now standard French and should gracefully shuffle off to make room for new slang

Jan '14
As for Lovatt's rendering of 'il a toujours roulé en citron' as 'he's always been a Citroen addict', what in the name of goodness is wrong with 'he's always driven a Citroen' - or, if he absolutely must, 'he's mad about Citroens'? Or how about that useful phrase 'bien dans sa peau', which Lovatt translates laboriously as 'to feel on top of the world and in the happiest frame of mind'.
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I bought this to help me read my Nestor Burma bandes dessinees, and it's perfect for the job. The difference it makes in translating conversational French means the nuances and amusing banter means the dialogue really comes alive.
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By Bill Teasell on 5 Sept. 2014
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Note a Kindle Dictionary 26 July 2009
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This dictionary is available to download on a Kindle and Kindle has the ability to change its default dictionary, but what is not in the documentation is that at this time you cannot change your default dictionary to a foreign language dictionary. This is really the only French dictionary available for the Kindle at this time, but if you want to change it to your default dictionary, it is a waste of money, time, and effort.
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