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?
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?)
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]
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!
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]
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]
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!
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]
I need movie, video, podcast, etc. recommendations in French. [more inside]
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.
Are you a francophone genderqueer person? What pronouns do you use? What language changes have you made? [more inside]
Help me find a (specific) blog by an anglophone about Paris/French culture! [more inside]
French tv & movie recs for someone who wants to be entertained but also get used to the language? [more inside]
I'm looking for online foreign language (French) courses/classes with an instructor component. [more inside]
Book suggestions for 11-year-old French boy? [more inside]
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]
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.
Help me find a rose-scented body wash from my Parisian past! [more inside]
Where are the audiobooks in French? There are thousands of books on audible in Spanish, but none in French. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
French language nerd wanted! Help a nerd spell her French-language text tattoo correctly, please. [more inside]
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]
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?
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.
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]
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.
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]
French speaking friends on Ask Mefi - Can you please tell me what the text on this drawing says? Full drawing. Close up.
Early reader books in French? [more inside]
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.
Question about French election 2012 slogan: Prendre le pouvoir! (Hollande) Does it mean We can take it? Or Take it, we can! ???
I need a translation of a family motto: "jouir en bien" or "joir en bien". [more inside]
My Bodum french press is broken and I need a replacement part...but it isn't the carafe. [more inside]
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]
What's so special about French and Chinese laundries? [more inside]
What are business email courtesies in French and Spanish? [more inside]
Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
What are your favorite French films of the last fifteen years? [more inside]
Best (and preferably cheapest!) way to learn a foreign language? [more inside]
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]
What's the English translation of these French songs sung by the Czech band Miou Miou? [more inside]
Are there online equivalents of FSI's "Introduction to French Phonology" for other languages? [more inside]
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?
I need help identifying a song I heard this afternoon. Difficulty: in French, and no Google luck. [more inside]
Operafilter: Soprano-heavy, French recs for a 5 y/o [more inside]