I looked up the etymology of parole in An etymological dictionary of the Romance languages, and was intrigued by this: "It took the place of the L. verbum which, from religious scruples, was sparingly used" (emphasis mine). What "religious scruples" are they alluding to? No elaboration is given in that entry. I realize that verbum means "word", and shares a stem with lots of other meanings, but I would love to know if anyone knows more.
Does subliminal learning work? I'm at an intermediate level of french but since I'm leaving for France in a month I want to speed up the process a bit. I already do a lot of work (listening to RFI while I work, speaking whenever possible etc) but I figure if listening to podcasts while I sleep would help too then why not? [more inside]
Is any French TV actually any good? [more inside]
French teacher looking for new stuff for the coming school year! Music, music videos etc. suitable for K-3. It's my third year and I have used a lot of my good stuff already. Hit me with your best kiddie French stuff! [more inside]
What cooking secrets take your food to the almost-pro level? [more inside]
What's the literal translation of the French film title "S'en fout la mort"? [more inside]
At Henry Allingham's funeral, what branch of the services did the French bugler or trumpet player represent, and what piece did he play? [more inside]
I'm restarting my Netflix queue, and I can't remember the name of a movie I'd like to see again. A car speeds through a small town on the French coast, hits a small child and drives away before anyone can see what happened. [more inside]
What's some good, danceable French indie pop/electro? [more inside]
I'm looking for French-language versions of well-known English-language pop songs. Any genre or era. (Bonus points for French versions of the New Wave songs from my youth...) My wife and I are learning French together, and I think this would be a fun way to add some color to that process.
Where can I find estimates of Europe's population size, as far back in time as possible? [more inside]
Did French women really used to walk differently? [more inside]
Can someone help translate a poem from French to English? [more inside]
The French way to say the verb "tuned" as in a piano or a chorus? [more inside]
I'm trying to learn French. I'm in France, which is a great start. I find I can just about manage with Tin Tin books so reckon that comics (BDs for the more francophone amongst you) or children's fiction will be a good way to relax whilst getting extra practice. Can you recommend some comics or kids books that are in French and not overly complicated linguistically? (I have tried Asterix, but the puns just fly past my confused brain).
I live and work in France, but I almost never read for pleasure in French. Help me find enjoyable contemporary French language fiction, please. [more inside]
"Umbrellas of Cherbourg" French actress Ellen Farner, M.I.A. [more inside]
Anybody familiar with a series of trilingual Vietnamese folk storybooks that were written in Vietnamese, English & French? I'm searching.. [more inside]
I'm a student who is in the process of teaching herself French. As much as I would love to take the French I course through my university, the course conflicts with a class I am taking Fall semester for my major. What I need? Practice. [more inside]
What was the name of this short art film about a guy getting trapped in a bathroom? [more inside]
What are your experiences learning French with Rosetta Stone? Did supplementing learning with regular usage help you think the language as well as speak it? [more inside]
What are some French language TV shows I can watch for free online that will help me improve my French? I'm looking for shows at different levels (maybe kids shows for when I'm watching while working and then talk shows or sitcoms for when I can pay more attention.) [more inside]
I want the best dam french toast recipe this side of the mississip'! [more inside]
I have a gig coming up, and I need FRENCH SONG suggestions. Simple, classic, famous, even cliche (cheesy) French songs are what I'm looking for. "Je T'aime", etc. [more inside]
Grad school language requirement filter: which French philosophers are (relatively) easy reading in the original French? [more inside]
Why are there so many French internet radio stations? On iTunes, they seem vastly disproportionate. Is there a legal reason, a historical reason, or something else?
please translate some French for me: nous n'irons au bois les lauriers sont / ne sont pas coupes. [more inside]
This is a shot in the dark, but maybe you well-read, politically minded people can help: I am trying to track down a short commentary I remember reading around election day 2008. It was written in a French newspaper, I believe, and it was a short piece, but the basic gist was: "Today we are one with america. that may change later, but today we're one" re: the Obama win. I feel like I saw it linked in Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, but couldn't find it in the archives. I was voraciously reading so many sites at the time that I have no idea where it actually was. It was just a beautiful piece and I would like to read it again and keep it around. If it rings a bell with someone, that would be great!
I'm looking for a specific edition of a film of Ubu Roi. [more inside]
Is there a quebecois on line who would be willing to speak via Skype in order for me to get used to the Quebecois accent before I go on a field trip? [more inside]
Desire Paths / Lines: a term apparently coined by Gaston Bachelard in The Poetics of Space. What was the original French he used? and are there any other terms for the act and outcome of paths that emerge through routine, reflexion and the feedback of movement. [more inside]
What French-language comics would you recommend? [more inside]
What are some universities which teach in French that a student from the U.S. should consider? (Especially in Quebec.) [more inside]
Good free French-English dictionary online? [more inside]
Where can i find the case for a French Prayer Clock? [more inside]
« J'en ai besoin d'améliorer mon français, » or: "I need to improve my French." I'm looking for advice from anyone who has worked on improving or regaining their nth language. [more inside]
There are quite a few American and Canadian podcasts devoted to indie comics. Are there any French language podcasts out there like these? Specifically I'm looking for interviews with cartoonists. [more inside]
What kinds of jobs are available in Canada--but outside of Quebec--for someone who can speak English, Korean, and French reasonably fluently? Preferably, though not necessarily, on the West coast. [more inside]
Help me find a (really) quick, easy way to familiarize myself with French literature. (more inside) [more inside]
French-film-filter: A movie shot entirely from the point of view of the main character, hands reaching out from underneath the camera and all. Early 90s, I think. Remembered spoilers/details below [more inside]
Posting for someone else: I'm looking for the music video to a French dance track that might've been released sometime last year. There were no lyrics and there's an accordion sampled throughout. The video apparently consists of people throughout the world dancing to this on headphones and at some point there's a man in a pink bunny suit. Has anyone heard of this?
I loves me some French toast, but find it's kind of a pain to make. I don't need a recipe for French toast, I need a battle plan. [more inside]
Where in Paris can I buy a small, relatively-inexpensive music box which plays the theme waltz from the movie "Amelie?" Will be there in a few days.
What is the original version of this quote? [more inside]
What is the actual French corresponding to the English translation of this line from the Godard film Le Mepris (Contempt)?: "It's a drag to be so cute and so sad." [more inside]
Yet another accent question, this time Quebecois French. [more inside]
About 5 years ago there was a TV commercial (I think for BUPA) in the UK featuring a French song which I guess was from the sixties. The only lyric I can remember is (I think) "Quand votre coeur fait boom..." commercialbreaksandbeats.com is the usual place for answers on this - but they seem to be in the dead pool. Anyone have any ideas what I might be talking about?
Are there cuisines that combine French and African influences the way that Vietnamese food does? Or is there something that could be an indigenous ghetto style of French food? [more inside]
Point me to some real examples of the cinematic style parodied in Flight of the Conchords' "Foux de Fa Fa!" [more inside]