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4.3 out of 5 stars
Pardon My French: Unleash Your Inner Gaul
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on 12 August 2007
This is a highly entertaining book, and is essential reading for anyone who wishes to get beyond the idea that Brits working or holidaying abroad will get by by speaking their English louder and slower! When, and when not, to use the words "baiser" or "impossible", the meaning of back-slang, how to organise the numerous public holidays that employees are awarded, what university you simply have to go to... One is almost becoming sympathetic towards the French when they are faced with idiomatic English. But that would never do! Well done to Mr Timoney on providing this guide to modern French "as she is spoke".
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on 28 March 2013
This is an entertaining book. It teaches you less french than you may hope to learn from it, but it will entertain you all the same. Plus, it will give you a few insights into French culture. It is not, in any way, a substitute for a language course, but it light bedtime reading that would complement a course nicely.
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on 5 March 2017
Très amusant!
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on 2 August 2007
This is definitely a Very Useful Book if you're planning to come to France, be it as a new resident or just for a holiday. Moreover it's highly entertaining as well. Don't worry if your spoken French isn't too good, this is not a dry textbook to improve it. Instead the author has compiled a list of words relating to some of the more incongruous, incomprehensible, or downright ennervating aspects of this country and goes on to explain not just what they mean but also what they might imply for the unwary.

The result is not only informative and educational, but also manages to be a very good read at the same time. If France were a desert island this is maybe the one book you'd have to take with you...
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on 13 June 2017
Great fun! Informative, well-written, amusing.
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on 28 September 2007
What an excellent read! I can highly recommend this for anyone about to venture to France for their vacation or even to live there. Extremely humorous with a very light touch, this warm-hearted, affectionate read is the perfect antidote for those who've had enough of the bile generated by the Francophobic tabloid press.
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on 30 January 2009
Excellent book. Being French, this does picture very well the French expressions that you must know before going to France!!
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on 12 August 2007
So many books of this sort claim to teach you the language as it is really spoken and then fall short. This one delivers, and goes behind and beyond mere words. I haven't in the past come across any language primers that tell you what 'Angleterre' really means in French. Get the book and find out.
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on 5 August 2007
This book is essential for anyone who wants to improve their French or just be mightily entertained. Even if your French is A level standard or better you will I bet find words here that have always bewildered you. It helps if you are just buying a train ticket or dealing with a waiter and it also explains all kinds of things they refer to in French newspapers - like SDP (a homeless person) and the arcane details of the French educational system. It's like a cross between Lynne Truss's 'Eats Shoots and Leaves' and Peter Mayle. My favourite is what the French say when smiling for a photograph - they done't say 'cheese' , they say 'ouistiti' - which means 'marmoset'!
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on 25 May 2009
This is one of the best books on not only the French language but on giving a good insight into the way France works and thinks. It is a must for anyone living in France as I do.
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