A colleague of mine brought some candy back from France, and there are silly jokes written on the inside of the wrappers. Most of them are cute enough, but there's one that uses a word that I don't know and can't find a definition for. Is it just a nonsense word? [more inside]
posted by spielzebub
on Dec 10, 2013 -
I am currently in Kuwait drinking something they call 'French coffee'. I like it a lot but I cannot figure out what it is and the internet isn't helping (nor is the waitress).
Its texture is mealy (unfintered), it's strong, there's a lot of sediment, no milk (none offered either), there seems to be a hint of sugar in it (was offered the option of extra when ordering) and it's served in a cup that is somewhat bigger than an espresso one but much smaller than an American coffee cup. It's definitely not Turkish coffee.
What is this stuff and how do I make it at home?
posted by Skyanth
on Nov 21, 2013 -
A bunch of years ago I read the first chapter of a French novel. It was funny. In that first chapter the narrator's family spends a day picking mushrooms, then eats them for dinner and they all die.
The writer was French (possibly Belgian), with a 'punchy' name as I remember it.
The novel was 'comic' (I think), and not especially long.
I want to say it was written between the 50's and 60's but don't remember why I think that.
There's a chance the author is also known for some other, non-writing endeavor (a la Nick Cave).
I never wrote down the name of the novel or the writer because both had lodged in my head.
Well, they've become dis-lodged and recently I went mushroom picking and spent the whole time trying to remember this novel and/or its author.
Please. I've googled to no avail.
posted by From Bklyn
on Oct 22, 2013 -
About 20 years ago I was shown an album by a female painter. I would like to find out who she is, but I am having remarkably little success searching on the web. [more inside]
posted by holist
on Oct 14, 2013 -
My 9 month old baby likes it when I sing to him, but I am horrible at remembering song lyrics. He's a fan of "Feliz Navidad," which is cool because it has about 20 words to remember and the Spanish keeps him interested. What other happy, easy-to-remember songs should I learn the lyrics to and sing? English, Spanish, and German are all in my wheelhouse.
posted by Maarika
on Oct 7, 2013 -
I heard a kid's song that I would describe as French swing (a bit like the style of the Triplettes of Belleville). I didn't get a good listen to the lyrics, but two things stood out: a chorus that started with the words "Click, Clack...," and a couple of spoken interludes to someone named Michel(le), who may have been a cat. Can you name this song and artist? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise
on Oct 7, 2013 -
I have a child starting grade 1 french immersion, and am looking for some (very) early reading books in French. Said progeny responded astonishingly well last year to a phonics-based early literacy series in English by Usborne (this one
). Can anyone recommend an equivalent in French? Is phonics even a thing in French? [more inside]
posted by ~
on Sep 16, 2013 -
I would like to learn French in New York. Difficulty: I have taken years of French at school, and none of it seemed to stick, besides the ability to read the back of aspirin bottles and cereal boxes. [more inside]
posted by bquarters
on Sep 1, 2013 -
I'm looking for some French or Dutch language podcasts that I can use to practice my comprehension. However, I'm looking for something more like Uhh Yeah Dude, Jordan Jesse Go!, or another "two people talking, being funny, and themselves" type podcast, rather than an NPR type show. Do any shows come to mind?
posted by spacetableleg
on Aug 29, 2013 -
Going through family papers, my partner recently found a 1950s newspaper article in French, detailing his grandfather's visit back to the area of France in which he spent most of his time in WW1. Google Translate gives us a stilted, semi-incomprehensible translation. We've recently been transcribing his grandfather's war letters and this article would be a wonderful addition to the document. I would be very grateful and owe a favour to anyone willing to have a go at turning it into English for us. It's only 276 words, so hopefully not too difficult. Text is under the cut. [more inside]
posted by andraste
on Aug 21, 2013 -
I graduated high school having been in french immersion and when I graduated I did the testing and I was offically bilingual. Hurray! However, that was over 10 years ago and I have hardly spoken it since I graduated. Now, suddenly, my job wants me to get my french proficiency tested to see if I can satisfy the required language requirements for my branch. (We need to have X# of people able to speak French because a percent of our clients speak french as their first language, and right now we're down a person apparently). Au secours! [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Jul 30, 2013 -
Help me find a specific short, red-hued animated video about a demon, a beaked guitar player, and a topless girl. It has no dialogue, and is set to a French song. Plot details inside. [more inside]
posted by homodachi
on Jun 13, 2013 -
I recently discovered an awesome local bookstore in France, hence I'd like to pick up a French-language SF/F novel that isn't a translation and would be difficult to find in the US. Suggestions? (Subgenre preferences below the jump) [more inside]
posted by serelliya
on May 7, 2013 -
I rented this film on VHS in 1999. It is about a younger french girl, living with her mother in a trailer park. Mother is a drunk, they are poor, she tries to get a job at a food stand at one point (??)
There is love interest and conflict and some kind of crisis. I loved this movie and have thought about it often since I saw it but I am afraid that my memories may have started overwriting my recollections.
She is a little bit of a feral child, medium length brown hair, very striking. Please help!
posted by n9
on Apr 14, 2013 -
I would like to know what the beginning of this song says translated to English from French (I'm assuming it's French; at least that's what it sounds like to me). Also, if there's any relevant information you can give me about the French that would be great (e.g., "It's a quotation from..." or "Everyone in France knows that this means...").
Nicolaas Jaar - Etre
(Single Link Vimeo).
posted by uncannyslacks
on Mar 10, 2013 -
Teach me how to make Cancoillotte
cheese from things I can buy in an American supermarket or (unlikely) where to buy it for shipment to the USA (Nebraska). [more inside]
posted by jepler
on Jan 22, 2013 -
There's a character in the 1955 movie "French Cancan" who wears a very fancy uniform. He wears a light blue double-breasted jacket with white braid and bright red pants with stripes on the sides. I think it is some kind of old fashioned military dress uniform. You can see the outfit 0.26 seconds into the trailer
(warning:there are 26 seconds of cancan dancing first). My question is:
(1) What sort of uniform was this? Or is it just a costume they made up for the movie?
(2) Where/how could a modern person most affordably get a similar outfit of sufficiently good quality to wear around town at fancy occasions that are not Halloween?
posted by steinwald
on Jan 13, 2013 -
I am looking for the lyrics for Jean Lou as sung by Gillian Hills and written by Charles Aznavour. I've looked all over google but am at a loss - please help!
posted by lasamana
on Nov 29, 2012 -
Are you a francophone genderqueer person? What pronouns do you use? What language changes have you made? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk
on Oct 7, 2012 -
Does anyone have experience jobhunting as an Anglophone in Montreal? Where should I be looking for English jobs, should I just forget finding one and learn French ASAP, and is this going to be as big a problem as I fear? Et aussi une grand plaque de fèves. [more inside]
posted by snorkmaiden
on Aug 3, 2012 -
I was taught French through to Grade 10; however, have been far removed from it since then. I am too shy to try to converse in French with others; but would like to build the confidence to be able to. What are some good strategies for relearning a language and becoming more confident conversing in it at the same time?
posted by jamincan
on Jun 18, 2012 -
I'm trying to find a French food website that I used to use a lot but seem to have lost. What details I remember are inside... [more inside]
posted by ninazer0
on May 24, 2012 -
Question about French election 2012 slogan: Prendre le pouvoir! (Hollande) Does it mean We can take it? Or Take it, we can! ???
posted by sparkle55
on Apr 17, 2012 -
I need help identifying a song I heard this afternoon. Difficulty: in French, and no Google luck. [more inside]
posted by dhens
on Jan 27, 2012 -
I have to help my fifth grade daughters with their history fair project and they think I'm smart. Help! [more inside]
posted by daydreamer
on Nov 4, 2011 -
Which French (I think) folk dance did I do as an elementary schooler in Indiana in the late 90s? (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by naturalog
on Aug 28, 2011 -
Heard a catchy as-all-get-out song on CJBC-FM Espace musique
early this afternoon. All I remember:
- In French
- Female singer
- Had kalimba/mbira featured pretty heavily
- Had "mercurochrome" and perhaps "petit pansement" in the lyrics.
Anyone able to ID it, please?
posted by scruss
on Jul 8, 2011 -
I'd like to know who or whom first coined the term "red, white and blue" and if there was a purposeful differentiation from "blue, red and white" or any other combination thereof other than linguistic value. [more inside]
posted by jsavimbi
on May 25, 2011 -
What should I know about french cultural conventions in the context of a job interview? [more inside]
posted by valdesm
on Apr 25, 2011 -
Please help us with French translation for an engraving on a wedding ring! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DeucesHigh
on Apr 17, 2011 -
Can anyone recommend some good French podcasts? I'm not looking for language-learning programming, Just French language podcasts similar to CBC's Spark
on technology & culture, The Moth
-style personal stories, gaming a la GiantBomb's Bombcast
, or NPR-style in-depth journalism. [more inside]
posted by Grimp0teuthis
on Apr 2, 2011 -
[SongFilter] I want everything to do with this gorgeous, orphaned song. Unfortunately it's in French. [more inside]
posted by fix
on Mar 17, 2011 -
My partner did not get into a French translation program. What courses should she do to prepare? [more inside]
posted by angusiguess
on Mar 15, 2011 -
french language filter: name of song on france bleu perigord sun 13 march 5.40 am
I've posted a minute of the last bars here http://writethinkplay.blogspot.com/
or if someone could translate for me into french that I was listening to the song on france bleu perigord at 5.40 am sunday 13 march, and would like to know the name of it. The song that played just after it was Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues. merci for any help
posted by sparkle55
on Mar 12, 2011 -
Canadian English-French bilingualism filter: I suddenly (in 6 days) need to take a French language test that would help me in qualifying for a bilingual position in which I'm interested. Is there anything I could study in 6 days that would increase my chances of scoring higher? [more inside]
posted by analog
on Mar 8, 2011 -
I'd like to add a Latin or French phrase meaning "from life" (i.e., short for "painted from life") to my signatures on paintings to differentiate my work from artists who rely on photos and video monitors instead of live models for their work. I'd like it to be pithy and idiomatic, and so I'm somewhat reluctant to rely on Google Translate . . .
posted by Toecutter
on Feb 6, 2011 -
Does anyone know the name of a recent French movie( well maybe 2005) about three gangsters in Paris and a girl who gets involved with them...they ask her to video a heist for them then she becomes one of the gang. They go to Cannes, etc and have a gangsters holiday, then the big robbery they have planned goes wrong at the end (where she dresses as a high class prostitute in a blonde wig) but she ends up in a large apartment by the sea America with a piano full of bank notes
posted by sparkle55
on Feb 5, 2011 -