23 September 2007

Pardon My French

Don't be misled by the title. This book isn't about swearing or euphemism. It comes from the long tradition of the English writing about French language and culture as if it were that of another planet - but with a certain amount of self-deprecation and lots of affection. Charles Timoney went to live in France speaking only a few remnants of his GCE French - and what he offers here is what he's learned in the years since - working in the country and learning from his French wife and in-laws. You can avoid making the same mistakes, and even get to understand some of the slang, idioms, and puzzling anomalies which he writes about so amusingly. The entries are arranged in themes such as food and drink, travel, education, the office, history, slang, and the family... Read more >>


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3 comments:

Clark said...

Hi the link to Amazon com. is broken. Keep up all the good things you do.

mantex said...

Thanks for the kind words.

Penguin appear not to be publishing this book in the US at the moment - but I'm fairly sure they will - so I will let the link stand for the moment.

Adrian said...

It's cool, I wouldn't buy a book from someone suggesting eating at the Hippo chain of restaurants in Paris...