I'm a French major (a sophomore) at an American university weighing my options for study abroad and I'd like some input, especially about Nantes, France. [more inside]
At a French bar years ago, the French owner was telling me about their "ja ja" wine. He said it was the term for a house wine, often when they'd pour the leftovers from a few bottles into one. It's cheap and usually just fine but not fabulous. I don't see the term often (and it tends to mean something different every time), but I saw it again at a French bar recently. The bartender told me it was a house wine with no set vintage (though they did offer a region). She poured it out of one bottle (thought they may have used a funnel). It was pretty darn good. Can anyone tell me the origin of the word, and what it generally means when you see it on a wine list? Is it lots of leftover wines poured together, or only from one region, or something altogether different? It's not listed on wikipedia, my first reference, and with such a short word, Google searches don't help. I just want to know what I'm drinking. Thanks!
Where can I buy a toy on the internet that speaks/sings in French? This is for a toddler. [more inside]
I need help translating something into French! I need to find out if someone received a fax with payment information and whether we were charged for our purchases. [more inside]
I'm spending 4 days in Paris. I've never been to France, and I speak no French. This was a spur of the moment plane ticket purchase. But I don't want to be an unnecessarily annoying tourist. [more inside]
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?
How can I best learn the French language, grammar, and pronunciation? [more inside]
Help me transcribe 22 seconds of French! [more inside]
Please help me identify this French novel! [more inside]
What is "lobster sauce" and do you have a good recipe for it? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
Francofilter (part 2) (part 1): What's my best option for a science/technical French-English/English-French dictionary? [more inside]
Help me find this French song about a sheep in a bath. [more inside]
Au secours! Comprehensive online resource(s) for translating an English CV into French? Proofreader referrals? [more inside]
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]
Guitar player from France. With Jewish roots. Plays fusion and his name is.......? [more inside]
How to woo a French-American woman? [more inside]
Where can I go for 2 to 4 weeks this summer to learn French that includes housing? Immersion programs would be perfect. [more inside]
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!
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?
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]
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]
If the Incredible Hulk were French, how would he say his famous "Hulk Smash!"?? [more inside]
Where can I stay in France this summer? [more inside]
What French literature is relatively easy to read? [more inside]
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]
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.
"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]
ArtFilter. Need help finding info on the artist Marius Girard. [more inside]
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.
How do I search French ebay effectively for lots of used French childrens clothing? [more inside]
What are the best (free) podcasts for learning languages? [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
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.
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]
How do you say the commonly used phrase "raison d’etre"? Anybody have a sound file I could listen to?
Can anyone direct me to information on/analyses of language politics in Algeria under the French? [more inside]
I'm looking for comics, cartoons, and jokes that focus on Quebec-French vs France-French. Could you help me find some?
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]
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]
Did Alexandra David-Neel ever meet Georges Bataille? [more inside]
Does anyone have a suggestion for where to go in Montreal to improve my written French? [more inside]
Speaking French Canadian French vs. speaking French French [more inside]
How do I found out about books, museums, exhibitions, and artifacts relating to Buddhism in Paris in the 1920s? [more inside]
Name-that-french-film-filter: set in the 60's or 70's, bank robbers, morocco. [more inside]
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]