"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]
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]
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]
Please recommend some French websites. [more inside]
French speakers: nuances in translating this phrase? [more inside]
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]
Gimme your recommendations for children's books, in French (...the books, not your two cents, natch). [more inside]
Do you know your French actors? Well then tell me, who is this man? [more inside]
Can anyone identify this French film? [more inside]
Getting married next week and need a French reading. We're bilingual but our ceremony is all in English. As acknowledgment of the French side of our culture (an as a concession to the French side of the family) we'd like to have a French reading as part of our ceremony. The only problem is that we don't know any appropriate French poetry or other nice words that could be read. The wedding's in a week and I'm starting to freak out a bit, although the worst thing that could happen is we skip the reading (deep breaths....) [more inside]
What's the best way for an adult to learn French? [more inside]
I'm looking for French films featuring American characters in France. The years I'm most interested in are between 1945 and around 1970, but if there's something more contemporary I'd be glad to know about it too. I've already looked at a bunch of Jean-Luc Godard's films; now I'm looking to branch out.
I want to try every French pastry, over time, and be systematic about it. Walking into a big patisserie, we’re overwhelmed by choice, so before our next trip to France, I’d like to make up a life list. But I haven’t been able to find a complete list of pastries on the web nor in cookbooks. What resources am I overlooking? Let me know your own favorites, including regional specialties. Also, if you know any outstanding patisseries/boulangeries in Normandy or the Loire Valley, please share. My sweet tooth thanks you.
Looking for the name and/or pictures of a classic French advert with a pig. [more inside]
I'm looking for some good resources - be they blogs or just websites about French politics. I'm lost! [more inside]
My wife and I want to spend about 6 months in France learning French intensively. Where should we go to study? [more inside]
Can anyone help me get a copy of DragonDictate in German or French, or point me towards a discrete speech voice recognition program in either language that's currently on the market? [more inside]
I am trying to remember the of a SNES game I used to play that had been redone and was made available for PC. There was a post about it on me-fi about a year ago but I can't find it. The premise was that your character was transproted to an alien word and you have to escape their prison and find out how to get home. I have searched the following tags on me-fi: alien, game, games, videogames, and Nintendo. I remember the post mentioning that the creator was French so I even searched that and got nothing. I have searched other places with no luck. All I need is the name of the game and I will be set.
I'm looking for good resources for upright bass DIY education—especially regarding bowing basics and other physical/form questions. [more inside]
Looking for views of French and the French in North Africa. [more inside]
Help identify a title of a European film about a dance hall in France before, during and past the second world war, with no dialogue. The translated title (In Eastern Europe) was "The Ball." I can't identify it on IMDB. [more inside]
I'm looking for a particular brand of French shower gel called Bourjois. Is there any way to buy this in the U.S? [more inside]
Is there a way to prepare for feasting (eating large meals) without feeling nauseated? [more inside]
When I was in college, I watched a French movie for one of my classes. The premise, as I remember it, was that a French Jew is separated from his wife and child during World War II. He starts paying a old farming couple to hide him, giving them some of the gold and valuables he is carrying. Eventually, the old couple decide that hiding him is rather lucrative, and manage to fool him into remaining in hiding after the war is over so that they can squeeze him dry. [more inside]
I'm looking for a mac word processor with French language support (spelling and grammar) to replace Microsoft Word 2004. [more inside]
I am trying to remember the title of a French movie I saw in early 1999, although it may date from earlier than that. I don't remember the content of the main part of the movie at all other than that it had to do with amazing coincidences (or AN amazing coincidence, something like that)... [more inside]
I'm reading through some instructional material regarding the French language from About.com, and am running up against some inconsistencies in the way accented characters are being rendered in Firefox. Some pages render correctly, and others do not - the accented characters are replaced by question mark characters (these pages render correctly in Safari). Why would there be a difference between pages like this?
Give me some recommendations for French-language science-fiction or fantasy books. [more inside]
Looking for a song artist name (may be Sanseverino) and/or translation and/or original French lyrics...
Looking for a song artist name (may be Sanseverino) and/or translation and/or original French lyrics... [more inside]
French Food Filter: What is the ham that you find on the buttered, cheese/ham baguettes in France? [more inside]