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What does it mean to be French?

 
 
saab
 
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Reply Mon 11 May, 2015 05:48 am
OH LA LA
The very best to wear at night
http://csimg.leguide.com/srvprd/DE/135021/T/210x210/C/FFFFFF/url/product.jpg
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 11 May, 2015 06:20 am
@saab,
Typical French housewives, out shopping.....

http://www.bbcentertainment.com.au/Uploads/Images/can-can-dancers-standing-for-web.jpg
saab
 
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Reply Mon 11 May, 2015 10:07 am
@Lordyaswas,
They can..can do what they want to - those French ladies
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 11 May, 2015 10:17 am
@saab,
It is quite interesting how the French are harvesting vine

http://i62.tinypic.com/vhaqev.jpg

A more detailed view
http://i62.tinypic.com/10p7yfm.jpghttp://i58.tinypic.com/23wjg2d.jpg
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 11 May, 2015 10:27 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Is that vineyard in Brest, Walt?
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 11 May, 2015 11:07 am
@Lordyaswas,
No, it's Dessous-en-Ligne.

Edit: sorry, the black and white photo is from Vieux Lingerie
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 11 May, 2015 11:13 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Ha! Good one.
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Bien-ecrire
 
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Reply Sat 6 Jun, 2015 04:09 pm
@researchnut,
THANKS
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Sat 6 Jun, 2015 04:35 pm
The French are just Italians in a bad mood.
-- Jean Cocteau
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 6 Jun, 2015 04:43 pm
@Olivier5,
Love it. That might be a new signature line for me, except that would be obnoxious. I've only been over France in an airplane looking down on snow.
I've read bunches about it over decades but retain impressions, like snap shots.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Sat 6 Jun, 2015 05:36 pm
@ossobuco,
I like it too. It's a joke of course but with a grain of truth.

Here's a very angry Frenchman's take on the OP. The song dates back to 75 and was banned on public radio for a while.

Renaud's voice is not what it used to be, and the English translation is downright horrendous but just to give an idea:



Some explanations for the lyrics, if anyone cares:
https://frenchforenglishhindispeakers.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/lhexagone-une-chanson-de-renaud/


ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 6 Jun, 2015 06:49 pm
@Olivier5,
Haven't looked yet, did like the Renaud you posted on Letty 's thread.


I still read it. Don't like not being able to address others. You seem to be able to get away with it without remonstrance.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Sat 6 Jun, 2015 11:24 pm
@ossobuco,
Quote:
I still read it. Don't like not being able to address others. You seem to be able to get away with it without remonstrance.

They gave up on me, I guess.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 6 Jun, 2015 11:32 pm
@Olivier5,
But if you can speak Nissart, it's the same Wink
Olivier5
 
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Reply Sat 6 Jun, 2015 11:51 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Well, Nice was an Italian city forever, i think. More broadly, provençal is close to some italian dialects. Vice versa, people from the Italian piedmont speak Italian with what sounds like a heavy French accent, eg with guttural 'r'.
Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Sun 7 Jun, 2015 07:12 am
@Olivier5,
Valdôtain is interesting.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Sun 7 Jun, 2015 11:09 am
@Tes yeux noirs,
Thanks, checked it on wiki and it's interesting indeed as a sort of link between the two languages.

I like the fact that some in Val d'Aoste still use "goupil" for "fox"... "Renard", as you may know, was once a first name (from German Reinhardt=strong counsel). Its use in the medieval Roman de Renard as the name of the fox character led to its current meaning and the disapearance of goupil (which was similar to Italian: volpe).
Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Sun 7 Jun, 2015 11:57 am
@Olivier5,
Renart and his friends Tibert, Noble, Tardif and Isengrin. I found the Roman de Renart in a library translated into English when I was a boy.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 7 Jun, 2015 12:17 pm
@Tes yeux noirs,
And suddenly I remember that text again Maître Corbeau, sur un arbre perché, tenait en son bec un fromage …
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Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Sun 7 Jun, 2015 12:42 pm
You know, I have not thought of Renart for 50 years!
http://41.media.tumblr.com/552c3db20927a882a8bace2049487c53/tumblr_mtpaz2ZhFY1s070wzo1_500.jpg
 

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