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Nous respondons a vos soiree? NRVS?!

RSVP means "respondez sil vous plait", but when I respond to an RSVP, is there a French acronym that acts as the "We are responding" counterpart to RSVP?
posted by parmanparman on Jun 3, 2008 - 17 answers

How can I best learn the French language, grammar, and pronunciation?

How can I best learn the French language, grammar, and pronunciation? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on May 26, 2008 - 16 answers

Aidez-moi à transcrire!

Help me transcribe 22 seconds of French! [more inside]
posted by molybdenum on May 19, 2008 - 7 answers

What is this novel called?!

Please help me identify this French novel! [more inside]
posted by nonmerci on May 15, 2008 - 3 answers

What on earth is "Lobster Sauce"?

What is "lobster sauce" and do you have a good recipe for it? [more inside]
posted by sirion on May 12, 2008 - 7 answers

Paris+Gold+Grain Metaphor =What book?

What book is this? I remember an intro that describes Paris, focuses on gold, and has some analogy about the city's inhabitants being like wheat or grain. [more inside]
posted by conch soup on May 9, 2008 - 4 answers

French-language equivalent of "The West Wing"?

What's the French-language equivalent, dialogue-wise, of The West Wing? Witty, erudite, and fun dialogue is the only requirement. The series/movie being any good would also be nice. Either TV or movies would be fine.
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 26, 2008 - 6 answers

Did Kraftwerk translate The Man-Machine into French?

When I was younger I was told that Kraftwerk's Man-Machine/Mensch-Maschine album had a French-language version (L'homme-machine, presumably) that was never released. Does anyone know whether this is true or not? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Apr 19, 2008 - 4 answers

Best French-English/English-French science dictionary?

Francofilter (part 2) (part 1): What's my best option for a science/technical French-English/English-French dictionary? [more inside]
posted by solotoro on Apr 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Sheep in the bath?

Help me find this French song about a sheep in a bath. [more inside]
posted by Sitegeist on Apr 12, 2008 - 4 answers

The Art of the French CV

Au secours! Comprehensive online resource(s) for translating an English CV into French? Proofreader referrals? [more inside]
posted by pearl228 on Apr 11, 2008 - 2 answers

French film where narrator commits suicide?

Does anyone know the name of a French film where the main character commits suicide at the end by jumping off a building? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Apr 5, 2008 - 16 answers

Who is this French Guitar Player/Artist?

Guitar player from France. With Jewish roots. Plays fusion and his name is.......? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Apr 3, 2008 - 4 answers

Hymne A L'amour

How to woo a French-American woman? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Apr 2, 2008 - 34 answers

C'est vrai, I want to speak French!

Where can I go for 2 to 4 weeks this summer to learn French that includes housing? Immersion programs would be perfect. [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse on Mar 26, 2008 - 12 answers

Does anyone know a good French Language School in Geneva

I'm staying with friends on the border between Switzerland and France for about six weeks this summer and would like to find a school that offers intensive French lessons. Ideally I would leave for France sometime in the beginning of June and stay until mid-July, though my dates are flexible. I speak intermediate level French now and would be willing to come into a course a little late, if necessary. Thanks!
posted by pkuras on Mar 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Where can I buy L'Etranger?

I know there is a movie version of The Stranger (l'Etranger), where can I order it online? Also, is it any good, if you've seen it?
posted by zenja72 on Mar 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Help a French student find a poem to memorize.

I need some help finding French poems that meet some specific guidelines. I'm currently in my 5th year of high school French. I'm going to a competition where I'll be reciting some memorized poetry, but I haven't had much luck finding anything good to memorize. I need some suggestions of French poems that are *good*, fairly long but not too long, and use moderately advanced vocabulary. I've looked, but I need some guidance from people who know more about this than me. [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Mar 13, 2008 - 25 answers

Help me truly cite this Antoine de Saint Exupery quote

Help me truly cite this Antoine de Saint Exupery quote: "A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." [more inside]
posted by josh.ev9 on Mar 13, 2008 - 8 answers

How would the Hulk say "Hulk Smash!" in French?

If the Incredible Hulk were French, how would he say his famous "Hulk Smash!"?? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Mar 11, 2008 - 23 answers

Will work for French conversation.

Where can I stay in France this summer? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Mar 9, 2008 - 2 answers

Who else is the French Hemingway

What French literature is relatively easy to read? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy on Feb 20, 2008 - 32 answers

Vintage photo of French cycle racers smoking?

I am looking for an old, black and white photo (circa early 1900s?) of some French bicycle racers, some with cigarettes dangling from their mouths. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Feb 14, 2008 - 6 answers

French phrase for celery, carrot, onion soup base?

Martha Stewart prepared a soup base using only carrots, celery and onion and then she said there was a French phrase for this method but I couldn't catch it.
posted by cda on Feb 1, 2008 - 11 answers

You dirty jade! Wait, what?

"He's a dirty jade!" "Go ahead and sleep with him you dirty jade!" This insult was used repeatedly in the Zola book I was reading last night. When I searched for it this morning, Google returned results for other uses in at least three other Zola novels. What does it refer to? (As the more inside explains, I think it's actually an English-language insult, as the original contains something else.) [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jan 15, 2008 - 17 answers

Who is this Marius Girard guy?

ArtFilter. Need help finding info on the artist Marius Girard. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Dec 31, 2007 - 8 answers

return to tipasa

Can someone provide me with the original French language version of Albert Camus's essay "Return to Tipasa"? Preferably an online version, because time is off the essence and I won't be able to wait to order a paper copy from somewhere.
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam on Dec 24, 2007 - 3 answers

How do French folk size their kiddiwinks?

How do I search French ebay effectively for lots of used French childrens clothing? [more inside]
posted by taff on Dec 18, 2007 - 6 answers

Learn to speak French via podcast?

What are the best (free) podcasts for learning languages? [more inside]
posted by lindsey.nicole on Dec 15, 2007 - 10 answers

HELP me help a TEACHER!

Help me help a TEACHER! I have a friend who has 25 years experience teaching French and German in a private school. She's a talented and extremely hard-working teacher, but receives little support, compensation (low-pay), and respect from the school's all male administrators. She feels very stuck-- and unable to change her situation. If she switched over to public schools, she'd likely have to start over, in terms of retirement years put in. And, like most teachers, she takes a LOT of work home-- and puts in 8-12 hours every weekend grading papers and even offering free tutoring. All of this is NOT compensated. She does it because she's diligent and loves her kids. I've been trying to convince her that her skills are VALUABLE and the PRIVATE SECTOR would love to have her language skills. AM I WRONG? Are there jobs in the corporate / non-profit / NGO fields which could use her French / German teaching / translation skills? I thank you and she'll thank you-- if we can help her get out of a dead-end job!
posted by iam2bz2p on Dec 10, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me find a French grammar-for-Francophones blog?

I'm looking for a French grammar-for-francophones blog. I remember it was written by one or more editors attached to a newspaper. It was very much focused on common mistakes and missteps that francophones make while speaking French. Anyone know what I'm talking about, or that can point me to similar blogs? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 9, 2007 - 3 answers

Where to download free French music?

Francofilter (part 1): I would like to start listening to French music. Can you recommend places online to find good, (legally) free music with French singing? [more inside]
posted by solotoro on Dec 7, 2007 - 16 answers

Where can I find a radio vocabulary poster in French?

I am looking for a specific poster, and any information about where I could find one would be greatly appreciated. It's a poster with colorful illustrations or photographs of equipment found in a radio station (mics, headphones, midis, volume control, etc.) and all the vocabulary is in French. I know such a thing may be impossible to find, but I need to try.
posted by comfortinsound on Dec 6, 2007 - 0 answers

Looking for an online store to easily find and purchase popular/classic books translated/written in European French. Mag subscriptions too!

I'm looking for popular books, novels, magazines, comic books...in European French (not Canadian French). I'd also like to be able to easily order/purchase them from home (preferably from places like Amazon.com). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Dec 4, 2007 - 8 answers

How do I say "raison d’etre" without sounding like an idiot?

How do you say the commonly used phrase "raison d’etre"? Anybody have a sound file I could listen to?
posted by survivorman on Nov 26, 2007 - 33 answers

French colonial rule in Algeria

Can anyone direct me to information on/analyses of language politics in Algeria under the French? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on Nov 25, 2007 - 3 answers

France vs Quebec

I'm looking for comics, cartoons, and jokes that focus on Quebec-French vs France-French. Could you help me find some?
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Nov 20, 2007 - 6 answers

My wife and I want to move to Canada; Montreal, specifically. What do we need to know?

My wife and I want to move to Canada; Montreal, specifically. What do we need to know? (Currently living in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. of A.) [more inside]
posted by wmeredith on Nov 8, 2007 - 17 answers

Fear of speaking in a second language.

How do I get over my fear of speaking in public... in a foreign language? I can barely function when speaking in my second language, partially because of this fear. [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 6, 2007 - 14 answers

Alexandra David-Neel and Georges Bataille

Did Alexandra David-Neel ever meet Georges Bataille? [more inside]
posted by arcadia on Nov 3, 2007 - 2 answers

Help me learn how to write better in French.

Does anyone have a suggestion for where to go in Montreal to improve my written French? [more inside]
posted by mikel on Nov 1, 2007 - 1 answer

Speaking French in Quebec.

Speaking French Canadian French vs. speaking French French [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay on Oct 22, 2007 - 26 answers

Buddhism and Surrealism in Paris in the 1920s

How do I found out about books, museums, exhibitions, and artifacts relating to Buddhism in Paris in the 1920s? [more inside]
posted by arcadia on Oct 19, 2007 - 3 answers

Name this french film.

Name-that-french-film-filter: set in the 60's or 70's, bank robbers, morocco. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Oct 8, 2007 - 2 answers

The French Music Scene

What kinds of music are hip French 19 year-olds (or any hip people for that matter) listening to? Who are some popular artists? [more inside]
posted by baserunner73 on Oct 4, 2007 - 19 answers

Saved From Drowning

Where can I find a copy of the play by René Fauchois that Jean Renoir's film Boudou Saved From Drowning (Boudu sauvé des eaux) is based on? Does an English translation exist? [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense on Sep 22, 2007 - 3 answers

I'm making a list of Cognate words within the Indo-European/Romance Languages looking for sources

I'm making a list of Cognate words within the Indo-European/Romance Languages and am looking for words to add to it. [more inside]
posted by complience on Sep 19, 2007 - 13 answers

Sites en francais

Please recommend some French websites. [more inside]
posted by spacewaitress on Sep 18, 2007 - 13 answers

French speakers: nuances in translating this phrase?

French speakers: nuances in translating this phrase? [more inside]
posted by lorimer on Sep 14, 2007 - 8 answers

French Speaking Music Lover Filter - Help me identify this french song o great hive mind?

Ok, so my french isn't just bad -- it's nonexistant. Can anyone identify the singer and/or title of the song of which there is a snippet inside? If not the singer, can you give me the proper title, or spelling of some of the lyrics so I can google them and perhaps find the singer that way? I love the smooth sound of this clip and would love to find more. It's a great rumba! :) [more inside]
posted by jwhowa on Sep 1, 2007 - 3 answers

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