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]
Writing a teacher recommendation letter - holp me! Specific phrasing question inside. [more inside]
Calling all francophile music lovers: recommendations for modern french language songs. [more inside]
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]
I have to help my fifth grade daughters with their history fair project and they think I'm smart. Help! [more inside]
What is the minimum water temperature that will give me enough caffeine / taste from french-pressed coffee grounds? [more inside]
Where can I buy this French anti-perspirant? [more inside]
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]
Potential medical emergency filter - I need help translating the symptoms for dyssentery into French ASAP. (gross Medical TMI warning) [more inside]
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?
I have money in a French bank account and to transfer it to the U.S. Please help me! [more inside]
Which French (I think) folk dance did I do as an elementary schooler in Indiana in the late 90s? (Details inside.) [more inside]
Looking for a movie I saw one. A French murder mystery musical? [more inside]
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
Can I get Bernachon (Lyon, France) chocolate shipped to the U.S.? [more inside]
Recommend litetary French texts for beginner translation. [more inside]
What is the most reasonable way to try and autodidact your way into reading French well and speaking it passably? [more inside]
Am I expected to speak French in Montreal? [more inside]
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.
Learning a language quickly - class vs. tutor? [more inside]
Help me identify this (French) Rilke poem. Details within. [more inside]
Seeking some French reading material online. What I am aiming for: blogs with good discussion like mefi, publications with long-form articles such as one might find in the New Yorker or the like, or I don't know, surprise me with something I haven't thought of! [more inside]
I am in the market to buy a French bulldog. However, the one that I wanted to buy was around another dog with sarcoptic mange. While the dog has shown no signs of mange, I am still leery of buying this dog as I have a cat and three children at home. The seller said she will get the mange okayed by a vet before they are sold, but I am still not sure. Has anyone dealt with this before? Any thoughts on whether I should still buy the dog?
TLDR: Are there any in-depth, English-language guides to the French tax system? [more inside]
My friend, a french citizen, lost his passport a while back. He has been in the US nearly his entire life, but I am unsure of his citizen status. What should he do to gain another French passport? [more inside]
Where would you recommend learning to speak French in London? [more inside]
Have you taken a French immersion course in Montreal? Can you recommend either the UQAM or U de Montréal programs? [more inside]
How to find a job in the legal/tax field in France? U.S. qualified lawyer needs to move. [more inside]
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]
What are some resources that are inexpensive or free for improving my French from Canadian public school level to functional? [more inside]
I read a quote once, that is failing to come to mind... something like 'voila, la fenêtre', from a piece of french literature, or perhaps a play. it was meant as a darkly comedic response to a heartfelt expression, kinda like Catherine Keener's character did in Being John Malkovich. Anyone have an inkling?
Obscure book search: a novelistic setting of the life of La Rochefoucauld, salted with his maxims. [more inside]
Anyone have any tips or recommendations for French-language learning vacations? [more inside]
What should I know about french cultural conventions in the context of a job interview? [more inside]
I saw this French cop/conspiracy/scandal movie at French camp in the 1970s. Now that I have the awesome power of the internet at my disposal, I'd like to find it again. But I can't. [more inside]