Preface Do you remember when you were learning French at school and looked in vain through your dictionary for all the dirty words? Have you thought you had a reasonable command of the language, then seen a French film or gone to France only to find that you could barely understand a word? You were, of course, never taught "real" French by your ...Read MorePreface Do you remember when you were learning French at school and looked in vain through your dictionary for all the dirty words? Have you thought you had a reasonable command of the language, then seen a French film or gone to France only to find that you could barely understand a word? You were, of course, never taught "real" French by your boring teachers, who failed to give you the necessary tools of communication while stuffing the subjunctive imperfect down your throat. French "argot" (slang) is not just the dirty words (though, have no fear, you will find them here); it is an immensely rich language with its own words for very ordinary things, words that are in constant use. Here, then, is not an exhaustive or scholarly dictionary of "argot" (that would be ten times thicker) but a guide to survival in understanding everyday French as it is really spoken. Guidance Asterisks after "argot" words indicate a degree of rudeness above the ordinary colloquial. Two asterisks show a whopper, although you should not assume that strength and rudeness cause a word to be used less frequently; "au contraire." When an English definition is underlined, that definition gives a good equivalent flavor, feeling and degree of rudeness of the French word. Good equivalents are not that common, so rely generally on the English definition for the meaning of the French word, on the asterisks for its strength and on the many examples for its usage. Just remember, to be authentic is to be rude. Copyright ??? 1984 by Genevi??? ve EdisRead Less
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Great way to learn a lot of very common French slang expressions. I've learned several that my wife doesn't even know and she's French. You hear these expressions in French films and on TV5. I highly recommend it to intermediate to advanced French language speakers. It's really not appropriate for beginners.
Aug 3, 2007
Very clever. Gave me a great laugh...which is worth something!
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