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Need to maintain my French during a year off using it

My French is good, but I am not a native speaker. I am looking for books, podcast, blogs, YouTube channels etc. which I can use to maintain it during my maternity leave. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Apr 21, 2016 - 25 answers

Facebook Pages in German and French, please?

I'm looking for interesting French and German Facebook pages to seed my FB feed and keep it from being so boring. [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Apr 8, 2016 - 2 answers

Please help me search for my turtle - in French!

The stuffed turtle I lost ten days ago is still not back. I want to put up search posters, but need help with the French. Aidez la tortue, s-il vous plait? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Mar 6, 2016 - 5 answers

French TV show soap-opera for daily practice learning French?

I am learning French. So I am looking for a long-running episodic French TV show that is: popular enough to be "available" online, about 30 mins per episode, somewhat entertaining, relatively current / recent, and with lots of dialogue. The aim is to watch just one short episode every evening, in order to improve my listening comprehension. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Feb 18, 2016 - 13 answers

twinkle twinkle petite étoile

Sadly I know very few French nursery rhymes and children's songs. Help me change this! [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg on Feb 13, 2016 - 16 answers

Good French books that HAVEN'T been translated.

I'm looking for recommendations for French books by diaspora/PoC authors who have NOT been translated into English. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Feb 6, 2016 - 9 answers

Franch language television suitable for binge watching?

Just finished binge watching all of Young Montalbano and Detective Montalbano. Great stuff. What I would like to find is something equally binge worthy, but in French. Genre not important, just engaging characters and/or stories. DVD by preference. [more inside]
posted by BWA on Jan 14, 2016 - 20 answers

What is being sung in this French-language song?

If any Francophones are up for a challenge: can you tell this monoglot what is being sung in The Go! Team's song Ye Ye Yamaha? (YouTube link but should also be on all the streaming services.) He wants to sing along but has to resort to garbled nonsense words. It's a fuzzy pop song with a killer catchy chorus, if that entices anyone!
posted by Quilford on Dec 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me identify this Quebecois movie and its (English) soundtrack.

I'm trying to get the name of this French Quebecois movie I saw in a flight two years back, and its quite prominently featured English (American?) song. The movie is from the 2000's, I think, while the song is from 1980's. Your help needed, hive-mind! [more inside]
posted by the cydonian on Nov 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Advice for selling these antique (pharmacy, apthecary, ???) jars

My son spent several hundreds of dollars a few years ago on a shopping trip in France, buying these unique lidded blue glass jars with porcelain labels. His decorating needs changed, and I inherited these unique and lovely jars, but I have no idea what they are, what they might be worth, and how to turn them into cash. (Craigslist, eBay, etc,?) Can anyone advise? [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco on Nov 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Lisez-vous français?

I'm looking for recommendations of books, particularly novels, written in French. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Leontine on Oct 18, 2015 - 12 answers

Strengths and weaknesses of different languages?

What are some of the strengths and weaknesses of certain languages? I'm most interested in English and French but if you have knowledge of another that would also be fascinating! [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Oct 3, 2015 - 45 answers

— pendant la fin du monde, la fête continue —

I'm trying to hunt down a copy of Issue 98 of the French Monsieur Magazine (Dec. 2012 - Jan. 2013). I really just need the cover, or a high-resolution scan of it that I can get printed and framed as a gift. I can't find it anywhere, and their website doesn't sell individual back copies; plus I don't speak French. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
posted by you're a kitty! on Oct 3, 2015 - 2 answers

What are some expressions in French for nose picking?

Asking for banter purposes.
posted by wensink on Sep 21, 2015 - 9 answers

Love Taza, NieNie, AptTherapy aka(mommy) lifestyle bloggers en francais?

Hi, I am looking for lifestyle and design mommy(or not)bloggers that speak and write in French. Bonus points if they are vloggers or keep an active YouTube Channel and Instagram. [more inside]
posted by rabu on Sep 8, 2015 - 3 answers

need to locate french language surveys online for research

I'm creating a short online survey but have to translate into French...I'm wondering if anyone knows of any online surveys on French websites or university websites that I could have a look at? I'm doing 10 questions, very short with age sex nationality level of education Its the explanatory parts in the beginning of the survey and an example of questions I'd like to have a look at if possible
posted by sparkle55 on Sep 4, 2015 - 6 answers

WHAT is this anti-war comedy film I am thinking of??

There is a movie I saw in the mid-2000s that I am trying to find again, and I am having trouble with every kind of search I've been using. [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Jun 10, 2015 - 3 answers

What does this passport say?

This is my uncle's passport. It was issued in 1949. He was originally from Aleppo, Syria, but he lived elsewhere. I'm not certain what some of the words are (in French and in Arabic) on his passport. [more inside]
posted by jdl on May 12, 2015 - 8 answers

French Song Identification

Please help identify a song from French pop radio. [more inside]
posted by jeto on May 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Best method(s) for learning French as an adult?

I'm a Canadian in Western Canada who is interested in French, but I don't know where to begin or what is the best way to go about it. [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Apr 19, 2015 - 8 answers

How traumatic is elementary school in a language you don't speak at all?

We recently moved from Toronto to Montreal and are planning to stay here for at least a few years, possibly permanently. Our 5 year old daughter starts Kindergarten in the fall, and we would very much like to send her to a French school, but will this do her more harm than good? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Apr 14, 2015 - 36 answers

Which cities in Africa speak the most French?

I want to go to Africa and learn French. I have seen an old ask mefi question asking similar, but I specifically am looking for the cities in Africa that speak French with the highest frequency, and it would be a bonus if they don't speak English (So I'll be forced to learn French). I haven't been able to google any statistics by city. Thanks.
posted by crawltopslow on Mar 23, 2015 - 18 answers

Poutine Hipster

Recently poutine came up in a convo I had with a foreigner. After they told me they visited Canada and while here made sure to try poutine, I explained to them that I was familiar with poutine before most Canadians knew what the hell it was and that in the not-too-distant past poutine wasn't well-known outside of Quebec. I estimated that it only started becoming popular outside of Quebec in maybe the late 90s. Am I off in this estimate, MeFi? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Mar 5, 2015 - 33 answers

French song translation help

Lately I've been enjoying Grenadine's eponymous album. But my French is non-existent, and I can't find lyrics anywhere. What are these songs about, anyway? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Mar 5, 2015 - 5 answers

French Mefites, help me get a copy of the new Charlie Hebdo in the USA!

Hi everybody, I'm located in the USA and and would like a physical copy of the new Charlie Hebdo issue. [more inside]
posted by kurosawa's pal on Jan 17, 2015 - 7 answers

What's different between UK and US literary essay writing traditions?

I have it in my mind that US literary essays tend to be extremely clear and didactic (perhaps modelled on the five-paragraph school essay), while British essays are sometimes more open-ended and elliptical, and French essays verge on the abstract. However, I can't find any source that confirms or denies this on the internet (and searching only brings up essay content farms.) Help? [more inside]
posted by feets on Jan 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Je parle, tu parles, il parle...

Help me remember how to conjugate French properly when I talk. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Jan 14, 2015 - 9 answers

French spelling question - rýsistant aux instead of résistant aux

I bought some French glassware (Lys brand) recently, and the descriptions on the box had some unusual spellings that I hadn't encountered before. É was changed to Ý ("résistant aux" was written as "rýsistant aux"), and À was changed to Ô (so "adapté à" became "adaptý ô"). Can someone explain this for me?
posted by Auden on Dec 20, 2014 - 7 answers

What music is being used in this trailer?

There is a hilarious parody of the new Star Wars trailer done in the style of Wes Anderson. Does anyone know what music is being used? All I can tell is that the singing is in French. [more inside]
posted by supercrayon on Dec 6, 2014 - 3 answers

How do you say Zbornak in French?

I've decided in my quest to learn French, I am going to alternate between watching an episode of my favorite show -- The Golden Girls -- dubbed in French and watching the same episode subtitled in French. I've found a few episodes of the subtitled version online -- where can I find more of these AND the dubbed version? Does this even exist? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Nov 19, 2014 - 2 answers

What French movie is playing in this short?

Which French (presumably New Wave) movie is playing here? [more inside]
posted by herrdoktor on Nov 2, 2014 - 8 answers

What are the French neighbours saying?

Can anyone help me with a spot of French translation? I'm subletting in Paris and I suspect my neighbours are not keen on the idea. [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Oct 31, 2014 - 15 answers

Name that Quebecois pop song

In August of this year, I heard a French (presumably Quebecois) song in a karaoke bar in Montreal and for some reason it's been bugging me that I can't remember at all what it was. Can someone help me identify it based on the following sketchy and probably mis-remembered details? [more inside]
posted by mhum on Oct 28, 2014 - 2 answers

Can anyone help with lyrics on these Congolese songs?

Long shot here. I'd love to perform these songs but have no idea on the words. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Oct 27, 2014 - 1 answer

Looking for French Podcasts (Non-radio)

Hello, I'm looking for some good French podcasts that aren't simply radio broadcasts, but are more conversational/comedy/interview in style. I'm thinking of podcasts like: Judge John Hodgeman, WTF, Filmspotting, Comedy Bang Bang, Savage Lovecast, Lexicon Valley, My Brother my brother and me. Does such a thing even exist in France? I'd appreciate some help if you know of anything!
posted by gotarist on Oct 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Conversation-heavy movie/show/video in French or Japanese?

I would like to go back to speaking French and Japanese and found out that it really comes back to me better after listening to people having everyday conversations in a more "natural" setting (rather than podcasts, news, etc.). Where can I find some conversation-heavy videos to watch/listen to? [more inside]
posted by perkinite on Oct 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Video of a woman speaking English with a Haitian accent?

I'd like to hear English spoken with various Haitian accents (French or Haitian Creole). I'm having a surprisingly difficult time finding a link on YouTube. The speaker's topic doesn't matter at all; I just want to hear some different Haitian-English accents, ideally spoken by women. Any links or search term suggestions? Thanks!
posted by pseudostrabismus on Oct 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Wer ist der deutsche Le Petit Nicolas?

My wife has a birthday coming up and I'd like to surprise her with a German book or two that she would be able to read... Eventually. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Sep 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Which language should I learn after Italian: Spanish or French?

I plan to try to learn both eventually, it's just a matter of order. [more inside]
posted by Shadow Boxer on Sep 11, 2014 - 15 answers

How can I teach myself Norman French?

I mean the French used by William the Conqueror and those before and after him. I've found it difficult to find a text. There are easy-to-find books teaching one Old English and Old Norse, but not, it seems, for Norman French. Can anybody recommend one? I can find books in Norman French, but that's not the same thing as a "Teach Yourself" book. (I already can read modern French, btw.)
posted by Opengreen on Sep 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Aujourd’hui, maman est morte

I really like learning French through comparisons, translations, and idioms. I also want to understand the idiosyncrasies of the language. What resources can I find for this? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Aug 5, 2014 - 8 answers

Name this French pop song

I only know four things about the song I'm looking for: [more inside]
posted by WalkingAround on Jul 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Name this French actress

I have bought the movie "Blue is the Warmest Color" on DVD, and now I would like to know the name of one of the actresses of the movie. [more inside]
posted by WalkingAround on Jul 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Best way to learn languages in interactive way?

What's the best way to learn languages (particularly French and German) through software or online which a) does NOT rely on long lectures, b) teaches sufficient grammar and vocabulary to read moderately complex books, and c) is interactive (if possible with a clear measure of progress) and d) self-paced?
posted by shivohum on Jul 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Philosophy class in French lycees

It is my understanding that French high school students take a year-long philosophy course in the last year of the lycee. So what's it like in this course, anyway? [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Jul 5, 2014 - 5 answers

French music recommendations needed!

Hi! I'm traveling to a french immersion program this summer for 5 weeks. Nothing but French everything is allowed...even music. Anyone have some recommendations for great french music (with lyrics)? I've listened to Yelle, and have exhausted my Carla Bruni playlist. All genres are welcomed, but I'd especially love some contemporary stuff! Merci!
posted by LemonGardot on Jun 24, 2014 - 53 answers

Young French chef seeks US employment

One of my former English students from Toulouse, France is now attending Anne-Sophie Pic's culinary school and hopes to find a job in the U.S. in a couple of years. He has asked me for advice on how to go about that, avenues he should pursue, the kind of Visa he should get (before or after he finds a job?), so now I'm asking for you--- any advice or personal knowledge for fulfilling this dream of his?
posted by la_rousse on Jun 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Did I translate this poem into French correctly?

Did I translate this poem into French correctly? I'm looking more along the lines of grammar and vocabulary usages and so forth. (This is not a homework assignment; I just did it for fun.) [more inside]
posted by joethefob on Jun 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Can you help me identify this French movie?

Can you help me identify this French movie? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on May 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Name of European movie about couple's marital problems

Calling all movie buffs -- I saw a trailer for a movie, but I have forgotten its name. It was European, probably French. It was about a married couple. They were both white. The man had brown hair and was heavier set, but I might be wrong. The woman had brown hair and was normal build. The man was older than the woman, but I might be wrong. [more inside]
posted by n81acc on May 21, 2014 - 12 answers

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