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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Au secours! Comprehensive online resource(s) for translating an English CV into French? Proofreader referrals? [more inside]
posted by pearl228
on Apr 11, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
"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 -
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 -
How do I search French ebay effectively for lots of used French childrens clothing? [more inside]
posted by taff
on Dec 18, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Does anyone have a suggestion for where to go in Montreal to improve my written French?
posted by mikel
on Nov 1, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -