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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

Learn me some French.

What is the most reasonable way to try and autodidact your way into reading French well and speaking it passably? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jul 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Parlez-vous something something

Am I expected to speak French in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by eugenen on Jul 9, 2011 - 26 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:
  • In French
  • Female singer
  • Had kalimba/mbira featured pretty heavily
  • Had "mercurochrome" and perhaps "petit pansement" in the lyrics.
Anyone able to ID it, please?
posted by scruss on Jul 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Learning a language quickly - class vs. tutor?

Learning a language quickly - class vs. tutor? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Jul 7, 2011 - 11 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

Looking for good French reading material online

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]
posted by marble on Jun 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Should I buy a puppy with mange?

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?
posted by amckenzie83 on Jun 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Want to Research My Girlfriend Out of Her Catch 22

TLDR: Are there any in-depth, English-language guides to the French tax system? [more inside]
posted by pollex on Jun 23, 2011 - 8 answers

How does my french friend get another passport?

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]
posted by apip on Jun 15, 2011 - 6 answers

je voudrais parler francais

Where would you recommend learning to speak French in London? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 on Jun 13, 2011 - 13 answers

La belle langue à la belle province

Have you taken a French immersion course in Montreal? Can you recommend either the UQAM or U de Montréal programs? [more inside]
posted by awenner on Jun 8, 2011 - 4 answers

comment dit-on "dream job" en francais?

How to find a job in the legal/tax field in France? U.S. qualified lawyer needs to move. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 - 5 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

Je veux faire la causette!

What are some resources that are inexpensive or free for improving my French from Canadian public school level to functional? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on May 19, 2011 - 8 answers

voila, la fenêtre

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?
posted by drgonzo on May 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Maxim's of La Rochefoucauld, novel-style

Obscure book search: a novelistic setting of the life of La Rochefoucauld, salted with his maxims. [more inside]
posted by lex mercatoria on May 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Any tips for vacation French immersion courses overseas?

Anyone have any tips or recommendations for French-language learning vacations? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Apr 27, 2011 - 4 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

1970s French cop movie

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]
posted by dhartung on Apr 20, 2011 - 7 answers

tv pour les petites?

Asking for a friend: French-language TV (or radio) pour les petites? [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine on Apr 19, 2011 - 7 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

Rapscallions wanted

I am looking for new books in the same category as Le Petit Nicolas, Gian Burrasca, and, kind of, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. [more inside]
posted by bq on Apr 9, 2011 - 9 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

Where online should I buy a French press and burr grinder?

Where online should I buy a French press and burr grinder? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 2, 2011 - 40 answers

Best books/DVDs/CDs/online programs for an intermediate level French speaker who wants to learn more?

Best books/DVDs/CDs/online programs for an intermediate level French speaker who wants to learn more? [more inside]
posted by shoreline on Mar 31, 2011 - 1 answer

Where to study French in Boston/Camberville as an adult learner?

I'm looking for someplace to study French in the Boston area (I live in Somerville near Davis, but am at least willing to consider anything that's transit-accessible.) Adult learner, just for fun, looking for something reasonably inexpensive. [more inside]
posted by Kosh on Mar 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Help needed with French pronunciation.

My wife is reading Les Miserables and I am reading bits along with her. Many years ago I took French in high school and am amazed at how much French pronunciation ability I have lost. Is anyone aware of any website or other reference source where I can get French names and words from the book pronounced for me? [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy on Mar 27, 2011 - 7 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

lost in translation

How can I begin getting low-key freelance work in French --> English translation? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 16, 2011 - 13 answers

How to prepare for a career in Translation (English/French)

My partner did not get into a French translation program. What courses should she do to prepare? [more inside]
posted by angusiguess on Mar 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Help with name of french song?

french language filter: name of song on france bleu perigord sun 13 march 5.40 am I've posted a minute of the last bars here http://writethinkplay.blogspot.com/ or if someone could translate for me into french that I was listening to the song on france bleu perigord at 5.40 am sunday 13 march, and would like to know the name of it. The song that played just after it was Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues. merci for any help
posted by sparkle55 on Mar 12, 2011 - 2 answers

Je ne suis pas parfaitement bilingue, mais...

Canadian English-French bilingualism filter: I suddenly (in 6 days) need to take a French language test that would help me in qualifying for a bilingual position in which I'm interested. Is there anything I could study in 6 days that would increase my chances of scoring higher? [more inside]
posted by analog on Mar 8, 2011 - 14 answers

Looking for a long-lost French Toast recipe, with a unique coating

Prithee good sir or madam, hear my tale of woe and, if so moved, aid me in my quest for French Toast glory. Indulgence if you please for the 'epicness' of the tale, for a taste of this splendour deserves such a telling. [more inside]
posted by Hardcore Poser on Mar 6, 2011 - 30 answers

Converting old French francs in Paris

Read that you can still change old French francs to euros - until 2/1012. My local bank can't do it but I will be in Paris in the future. What bank there would be the best place to do it and is a complicated process? Do I need any documentation other than the actual bank notes? Thanks for the help.
posted by jjcurtis on Mar 2, 2011 - 3 answers

Where can I find spoken French with word for word transcripts?

Where can I find spoken French with word for word transcripts? [more inside]
posted by AlexanderPetros on Feb 8, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I write "From Life" in Latin or French?

I'd like to add a Latin or French phrase meaning "from life" (i.e., short for "painted from life") to my signatures on paintings to differentiate my work from artists who rely on photos and video monitors instead of live models for their work. I'd like it to be pithy and idiomatic, and so I'm somewhat reluctant to rely on Google Translate . . .
posted by Toecutter on Feb 6, 2011 - 17 answers

Name of French Film?

Does anyone know the name of a recent French movie( well maybe 2005) about three gangsters in Paris and a girl who gets involved with them...they ask her to video a heist for them then she becomes one of the gang. They go to Cannes, etc and have a gangsters holiday, then the big robbery they have planned goes wrong at the end (where she dresses as a high class prostitute in a blonde wig) but she ends up in a large apartment by the sea America with a piano full of bank notes
posted by sparkle55 on Feb 5, 2011 - 8 answers

French Pronunciation

French pronunciation: Schwa at the end of words that end in consonant plus final 'e'? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Feb 3, 2011 - 15 answers

Help Us Make Julia Child Proud

On Saturday, I'm having a french themed cooking party. The idea is that we all cook collaboratively to make a meal together. So far we have five confirmed guests. So far we Cassoulet and Reiene de Saba (cake) on the menu. Please suggest ideas for menu items and ways to pull off the timing. I have an induction cook top with five burners, two ovens, a fairly large kitchen with lots of counter space, and most basic cooking implements-but if there's something specialized you think I should have, please share that too! Also I own mastering the art of French cooking and the joy of cooking so I'd like to stick to recipes in those cookbooks or available on the web! thanks!
posted by bananafish on Jan 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Asterix and Beyond!

What's the French Comics Canon? What are the books it's assumed everyone has read if you read French comics? I've gone through this list, but doesn't really tell you which are held in esteem or are big touchstones/turning points. My reading french is at or near elementary level - short sentences are fine, huge philosophical paragraphs less so.
posted by The Whelk on Jan 4, 2011 - 16 answers

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