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on 31 October 2012
Many thanks to Barron's for their dictionaries of colloquial French and German.This unassuming pocket-sized dictionary is packed with 4,000 colloquial expressions in alphabetical order, nice print and with full sentence examples of usage. Here at last! in concentrated form is the vocabulary of that whole other language that the French actually speak among themselves. The scatalogical slang is also there, even more of it than in the light and humourous Merde! books. I am delighted that these Barron's dictionaries are updated every few years, because they lessen the time wasted in France in dreary incomprehension, unable to follow the conversation or partake in the discussions or even follow the dialogue on the screen at the cinema. Thank you, Henry Strutz and friends, for this quiet, but oh so essential compilation of real-time, real-life French turns of phrase.
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on 7 May 2010
A very useful pocket-sized dictionary for the more advanced student of French. Having being brought up bi-lingual I find it extremely enjoyable to browse through. It contains not only traditional French slang but also some of the most up to date expressions. It contains my favourite for a "pompous old fart" _ "il pète plus haut que le cul". French and German are well endowed with these lavatorial expressions, much more so than English. Now, come to think of it, I think I better get the German equivalent of this book.
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on 1 January 2016
Very useful, although it requires further translation from the 'North American' biased English slang to get at the exact colloquial language used by us Brits. Nations divided by a common language?
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on 7 July 2015
Was a book my daughter wanted
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 December 2010
This one-way dictionary from French to English is easy to use and informative. It could have included a few more idioms.
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on 31 July 2014
excellent
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on 14 January 2010
Just a bit more saucy than I expected. I don't think any teenager will have a problem practicing any of this!!!!
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on 29 November 2015
just what I needed
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on 22 August 2009
This is a must if you want to keep your colloquial French up-to-date. I found it more fun and more useful than the dictionary of swear words "The Complete Merde". The slang is very useful for reading modern French novels and watching films as it does include expressions not easily found in dictionaries. It has large clear print and the definitions give handy examples. It will also help you avoid embarrassing situations when a seemingly innocent word turns out to have a different and rude meaning. Milder terms are also included but it is still not advisable to leave it lying around for your school-age French-learning offspring!!
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on 21 May 2014
Gave this book to two 'men of the world' at my French class. Ils sont tombés des nues. Very embarrassing.Had expected interesting colloquialisms not obscene phrases. Never again.
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