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Major Mistress Mystery Missed: Madame Makes Masses Manic!

In 2010, the granddaughter of Marthe de Florian died at age 91. An apartment she had kept locked in Paris since 1940 was finally opened and among the items found in the apartment was a gorgeous painting of her grandmother by italian artist Giovanni Boldini. Every article about the discovery focuses on Marthe & Giovanni and the painting. My friends and I are far more interested in the granddaughter... Can you help us find details? [more inside]
posted by aristan on Aug 20, 2012 - 3 answers

When was the French printer "Panet & Imbert" in operation?

I have an antique French olive oil label. The printer's name and location appear in small print at the bottom: "Panet & Imbert" - Marseille". I would like to know when this printer was in operation. I have not found anything useful about this on the Internet.
posted by kirsti on Aug 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Roses.

Help me find a rose-scented body wash from my Parisian past! [more inside]
posted by sucre on Aug 5, 2012 - 10 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

Pourquoi mon shampoing en français?

Why do so many bathroom/toiletry product labels have (usually poor) French translations (in US markets)? No other household products have these translations - just bathroom stuff.
posted by dmd on Aug 4, 2012 - 11 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

Seeking a small, tapered, French rolling pin

Can someone guide me to a small, handleless, tapered rolling pin that is truly meant to be used and is from a trust worthy place? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Jul 28, 2012 - 16 answers

Where can I buy berets in DC?

Where can I buy three black berets and gauloises cigarettes tomorrow or Saturday in Washington, D.C. (or on-line so they get here SUPER fast)? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jul 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Help a nerd spell her French-language text tattoo correctly, please!

French language nerd wanted! Help a nerd spell her French-language text tattoo correctly, please. [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. on Jul 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Omelette du fromage isn't going to cut it...

So I have a chance to interpret for a bunch of French chefs who are coming to my city. The catch: I have zero knowledge of the hotel industry. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Jul 5, 2012 - 3 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

Best French grammar app or book?

I'm relearning French and I would like a really good workbook/program that focuses on grammar. I have vocabulary and pronounciation fine (Mindsnacks & Anki, Pimsleur and Michael Thomas) and I'm practicing reading and writing with several texts and Lang8.com. I keep tripping up on half-remembered grammatical rules, and I really want something I can work through at my own pace. I would much prefer an app with built-in drills, but I'll buy a workbook/textbook as well. I want something like Chapter 7: Passive verbs, Chapter 8: Interrogatives with an explanation of the rules, examples and then drills. Not a complete French course, but just grammar.
posted by viggorlijah on Jun 1, 2012 - 12 answers

How long until you are fluent in a language?

If you have the chance to study full-time in a non-native situation, how long does it take to become fluent in a language? [more inside]
posted by Megami on May 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Need help finding a movie title.

Need help finding the title to this movie. Here is what I do know.. It is French, it is in color possibly from the 60s-80s with a better guess it being made in the 70s and I believe it was a comedy. This man girlfriend is unhappy cause they are unable to have a child. They takes kids at a summer camp then the women falls in love with a boy at the camp. A intimate relations ensue between the women and the boy. The family finds out and send boy away to boarding where he is willing abducted to couple. Please Help with identify this title.
posted by Rolandkorn on May 25, 2012 - 2 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

Livres Bob?

Early reader books in French? [more inside]
posted by zeikka on May 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Foreign language films

My dad speaks fluent Spanish (and English). I am third-year student of Spanish. Mom and dad know some French. My younger brother (13 years old) only knows English. We all like good plots, good music, and good cinematography. Please suggest some non-English language movies, documentaries, TV series, etc. that we would all enjoy. Bonus points if it's available through Netflix streaming or DVD.
posted by gray17 on Apr 25, 2012 - 15 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

What does "jouir en bien" mean in English?

I need a translation of a family motto: "jouir en bien" or "joir en bien". [more inside]
posted by cda on Apr 4, 2012 - 10 answers

This feels like planned obsolescence

My Bodum french press is broken and I need a replacement part...but it isn't the carafe. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Mar 30, 2012 - 14 answers

Looking for a French singer from the 90s (long shot, I know)

I was in Paris in April of '96 and kept hearing her song everywhere but never got a chance to pick up the album, which I assume had just been released. It's a solo artist (I'm pretty sure), slow, acoustic guitar, and the video had her sitting in an empty derelict apartment while people peered in through the peephole. I've tried everything I could to find it but gave up until I discovered Mefi. If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear from you. [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Mar 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Why are "French laundry" and "Chinese laundry" things?

What's so special about French and Chinese laundries? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Mar 24, 2012 - 7 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

Can you recommend passages to memorize?

Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 15, 2012 - 12 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

Le souris est sur le table... la chat est sur la chaise... le sange est sur la branche. Et je suis le président du Burundi.

DILF? DELF? DALF? Which French foreign language exam is right for me - and how should I prepare for it? [more inside]
posted by jph on Feb 14, 2012 - 5 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

Sœur/sûr/sieur/cire/sueur

Are there online equivalents of FSI's "Introduction to French Phonology" for other languages? [more inside]
posted by jweed on Feb 1, 2012 - 1 answer

Qu'est que c'est "the economist" en francais?

Does anyone have suggestions for French magazines I could read on my ipad? I have been trying to start reading a few to keep up my language skills, but all of the ones I've tried so far (nouvel obs, Le Point, Le Monde Diplomatique) have catastrophically bad ipad apps. Does anyone have recommendations for french language ipad publications that actually have decent reading experiences?
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on Jan 29, 2012 - 5 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

Killer Recommendation for a Teacher

Writing a teacher recommendation letter - holp me! Specific phrasing question inside. [more inside]
posted by thelastcamel on Jan 3, 2012 - 6 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

C'est un mystere!

This is a long shot, but my SO is trying to identify a film he saw 15-20 years ago, in France, that he would love to re-watch. Unfortunately, he's forgotten the title. The film may be French, but we're not 100% sure. He doesn't remember any famous actors starring. Can anyone help? Plot inside... [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Nov 22, 2011 - 10 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

Help me buy this French anti-perspirant.

Where can I buy this French anti-perspirant? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Oct 25, 2011 - 4 answers

What is "puke?"

What is this style of sunglasses called and where can I buy them? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Oct 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Better Learning Through Laziness

I would like to learn French. I like to watch movies. What are some French-language movies that might allow me to do both things at once? [more inside]
posted by eric1halfb on Sep 22, 2011 - 30 answers

Not quite le gripe?

Potential medical emergency filter - I need help translating the symptoms for dyssentery into French ASAP. (gross Medical TMI warning) [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Sep 15, 2011 - 11 answers

How would you translate this into English?

How would you translate this into English? Il n'est voisin qui ne voisine. I know it's a French idiom, but what does it mean?
posted by degoao on Sep 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Transferring money from a French account

I have money in a French bank account and to transfer it to the U.S. Please help me! [more inside]
posted by la_rousse on Sep 13, 2011 - 10 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

But they know so much about Wine and Chocolates!

In a few days I will be staying with friend's family in western France, at a house they own. I will be in the UK the next few days. Normally I would bring wine or chocolates as a thank you for the accommodation, but France does these much better and cheaper than the UK (I am told). I am Canadian. What could I bring that would still be a great gift, that I could find in London? It should be something like food or drink, and something of benefit to people on vacation. Price about $50. The friends I am visiting are French/Canadian and appreciate quality/luxury
posted by niccolo on Aug 3, 2011 - 14 answers

Lyonnaise chocolate imported the States?

Can I get Bernachon (Lyon, France) chocolate shipped to the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by ASoze on Aug 2, 2011 - 3 answers

Reccomendations for accessible French texts for a hobbiest literary translator.

Recommend litetary French texts for beginner translation. [more inside]
posted by choppyes on Jul 16, 2011 - 10 answers

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