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Help me find a hulking French-English dictionary

I'm looking for the biggest, most complete French-English dictionary available in one volume. I'm aware of Le Petit Robert, but I need French-English, not French-French. The biggest I've found so far is the Collins-Robert, but that can't be the biggest. [more inside]
posted by gnossie on Jan 26, 2013 - 12 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

Why are shampoo labels more often than not in English & French?

Now my guess is that it's so they can sell the same thing in both the U.S and Canada but why does this seem to be unique to shampoo and not other products commonly found in the supermarket like detergent?
posted by zeoslap on Jan 22, 2013 - 15 answers

Simple French-language fiction?

I spent 4 years learning French in high school, and have retained just enough since then to vaguely eavesdrop on a fellow commuter's French novel the other day. I would like to brush up on my reading comprehension, and could use some suggestions for some simply written fiction to pick up. [more inside]
posted by thirdletter on Jan 16, 2013 - 25 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

Parlez vous éducation?

I am in Seattle. I'd like to learn French, to the point where I could (in 6 months, say) carry on a rough conversation with someone in Québec or France. I have knowledge of a few words but would essentially be starting from scratch. With which group/center/school should I take classes, but most importantly: why? (In other words, what would make that class better than those offered through alternatives?)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Dec 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Can't do ALL THE THINGS right now.

In 2013 I will have 2-3 hours a week to spend learning one or more of the following: French, guitar, advanced math (stats, calc). Which will benefit most from this limited amount of study effort? [more inside]
posted by riddler on Dec 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Le Pop Super-Bon!

Le Pop Super-Bon! Can anyone suggest French bubble-gum pop that's especially au courant? Like Yelle (particularly her first album), only more recent? Stuff good for dancing or for cleaning the house. I've seen these threads, but they're a bit stale. Merci à tous!
posted by Capt. Renault on Dec 14, 2012 - 6 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

Looking for specific quote by Charles de Gaulle on the alliance

My boss (I work in Tokyo for an independent think tank) has asked me to track down a particular quote for him by Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the Free French Forces and first president of the French Fifth Republic. Specifically, he is looking for a quote in which de Gaulle says something about the alliance not sharing a common destiny... I've been looking like crazy but have yet to find anything along these lines? Any ideas?? [more inside]
posted by amirachel on Dec 11, 2012 - 4 answers

I don't get French prepositions!

Dear French speaking Mefites: I am an idiot. I can't get the prepositions down! Knowing when to say "au" or "du" is KILLING me. I've made cheat sheets and have memorized most of the set phrases I can, but when I'm writing on my own I inevitably foul it up or blank. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Dec 4, 2012 - 11 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

french grad school

Hello French brothers and sisters! Can an American Grad. student find plant biotech. Phd work in France these days? It is a dream to move there with my young wife, what are the biggest and best schools? Thanks everyone! [more inside]
posted by 1inabillionmistake on Nov 23, 2012 - 1 answer

Lentement s'il vous plaît

I need movie, video, podcast, etc. recommendations in French. [more inside]
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand on Nov 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Best way to learn French in my spare time?

Hi everyone, I am a 24 y/o English native about to start a PhD in London. During the next 3 years, I would very much like to begin learning French alongside my doctoral studies, and I am interested in finding out the most effective and efficient way of going about this. Realistically I will probably be able and willing to dedicate between one and two hours a day to studying French. I am interested in learning to both speak and write the language in equal measure. Any advice is much appreciated.
posted by FuckingAwesome on Nov 23, 2012 - 13 answers

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

Help me find a (specific) blog by an anglophone about Paris/French culture!

Help me find a (specific) blog by an anglophone about Paris/French culture! [more inside]
posted by miss_scarlett on Sep 28, 2012 - 3 answers

How do you even say Louvre???

French tv & movie recs for someone who wants to be entertained but also get used to the language? [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Sep 26, 2012 - 27 answers

Je manque de volonte

I'm looking for online foreign language (French) courses/classes with an instructor component. [more inside]
posted by benbenson on Sep 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Book Gift for a French Boy

Book suggestions for 11-year-old French boy? [more inside]
posted by mixer on Sep 1, 2012 - 9 answers

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

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