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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

Long reads en français

Hi mefi, can anyone recommend sites/writers that post interesting longer articles in French? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on May 17, 2014 - 6 answers

I don't get this French joke

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 - 8 answers

English language movies featuring France or French

Looking for movie recommendations that feature French scenes, spoken French is good too. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Dec 2, 2013 - 25 answers

What is French coffee.

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 - 19 answers

"They all ate the mushrooms, and died." In the novel, that is.

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 - 6 answers

Trying to identify lady painter of intricate naive/psychedelic pictures

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 - 5 answers

If your baby liked "Feliz Navidad," they may also like...

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 - 31 answers

Searching for a recently heard swinging French language kid's song.

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 - 4 answers

Phonics-based "first reader" books in French?

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 - 7 answers

Where can I learn French in NYC? In my apartment??

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 - 14 answers

I'm looking for some French or Dutch language podcasts

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 - 2 answers

French speakers; shameless free translation request

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 - 9 answers

Parlez-vous francais? No. Not for 13 years.

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 - 12 answers

Looking for a french animated short

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 - 6 answers

105x74mm Index Cards

Where can I find 105x74mm index cards in the US? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Jun 2, 2013 - 5 answers

It's from Vivre sa vie.

Can someone who speaks French tell me exactly how this quote should be formatted? [more inside]
posted by MiaWallace on May 20, 2013 - 7 answers

French SF/Fantasy Novels (in the original)

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 - 8 answers

Pls help me remember this french film about a poor girl...

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 - 6 answers

Could a fluent French speaker translate this for me?

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 - 8 answers

Ça me manque depuis 15 ans

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 - 12 answers

Help me find this officer's uniform from the 1955 movie "French Cancan"?

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 - 9 answers

Are air quotes international, or localized?

Do Francophones (or other users of non-English quotation marks) use “air quotes”? [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Dec 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Lyrics for Jean Lou?

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 - 1 answer

Genre-fluides francophones, aidez-moi, vous êtes mon seul espoir!

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 - 2 answers

Où sont les audiobooks d'antan?

Where are the audiobooks in French? There are thousands of books on audible in Spanish, but none in French. [more inside]
posted by winna on Aug 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Hire me, sil vous plait?

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 - 8 answers

Can you identify this (possibly French) celebrity?

Who is this? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Jun 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Language confidence

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 - 5 answers

French food blog for the bewildered.

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 - 3 answers

What Does The French Text on The Drawing Say?

French speaking friends on Ask Mefi - Can you please tell me what the text on this drawing says? Full drawing. Close up.
posted by extrabox on May 16, 2012 - 17 answers

Meaning of French election 2012 slogan?

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 - 14 answers

Help me write business French/Spanish.

What are business email courtesies in French and Spanish? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Mar 20, 2012 - 17 answers

What recent French films would you recommend?

What are your favorite French films of the last fifteen years? [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 10, 2012 - 70 answers

I want to communicate with everyone!

Best (and preferably cheapest!) way to learn a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Feb 14, 2012 - 32 answers

English translation of French lyrics sung by Czech band?

What's the English translation of these French songs sung by the Czech band Miou Miou? [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack on Feb 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Chanson française

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 - 10 answers

"Soft and graceful and ladies singing."

Operafilter: Soprano-heavy, French recs for a 5 y/o [more inside]
posted by Betty's Table on Jan 13, 2012 - 14 answers

French language songs in Spotify

Calling all francophile music lovers: recommendations for modern french language songs. [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Dec 11, 2011 - 53 answers

Good history project topic

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 - 22 answers

Boiling Point

What is the minimum water temperature that will give me enough caffeine / taste from french-pressed coffee grounds? [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches on Oct 27, 2011 - 14 answers

I'm feeling a bit sheepish...

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 - 6 answers

A French movie with an affair. That should narrow it down.

Looking for a movie I saw one. A French murder mystery musical? [more inside]
posted by Garm on Aug 4, 2011 - 6 answers

you know, the mercurochrome song, the french one, with kalimba ...

Heard a catchy as-all-get-out song on CJBC-FM Espace musique early this afternoon. All I remember:Anyone able to ID it, please?
posted by scruss on Jul 8, 2011 - 6 answers

M'aidez, m'aidez!

Help me identify this (French) Rilke poem. Details within. [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Jul 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Who coined the term "Red, white and blue"?

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 - 17 answers

job interview in France, help me avoid awkwardness

What should I know about french cultural conventions in the context of a job interview? [more inside]
posted by valdesm on Apr 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Is my cabbage a boy or a girl?

Please help us with French translation for an engraving on a wedding ring! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DeucesHigh on Apr 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Can anyone recommend some good French podcasts?

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 - 10 answers

This song that charmed my heart

[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 - 8 answers

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