May 24, 2005

Language of Love

This summer I'll be spending some time with my two nieces, who only speak French. In preparation for this, I dug up some "Learn French" CDs I bought a few years back, but never really listened to.

I'm not really trying to learn French, and I doubt I'll ever try to speak it -- I do enough damage to English -- but I'd like to be able to pick up a little of what my nieces are saying, especially before they're old enough to start using it to make fun of me. I figure if I learn a few words early enough, they'll be wary.

What's funny about these CDs is that they're called "Learn French in your Car", but they come with a booklet to be used along with the CDs, so you can see what the instructor is saying. I'm sure this booklet has been found at the scene of many car accidents. I don't use the booklet.

Once I popped in the CDs, I quickly became entranced by the beauty of what came out of my speakers.


I had a hard time pronouncing this one at first. Now I just think about biting into a big ball of tin foil, and the sound comes out by itself.

Apparently, I have some nice luggage, as this lady thinks it's marvelous.

I also picked up this neat phrase:
"Avez-vous une salle moins cher?"

Took me a while to figure it out, but from what I can tell:
Avez-vous = Do you have
salle = room
moins = less
So I guess it means
"Do you have a room with less Cher?"

That's something you might want to know how to say in several languages.

Posted by Kevin at May 24, 2005 12:05 PM

Oh man, Kevin- we just got a good laugh listening to those audio lessons. If it makes you feel any better, I highly doubt the person who is speaking is French (well I guess they could be Canadian because it sounds really f**cked up!) Even your favorite phrase isn't correct, unless you're in the market for some inexpensive classrooms.

But don't worry, it sounds like you have a really strong vocabulary base to use for communicating with the girls all summer, what with them both working on a hotel/restaurant management degree.

Bon courage, buddy!

Posted by: Katie at May 25, 2005 02:43 AM

Other useful phrases:

1.Arrete de lecher ta soeur, et rend grandpa ses dents

Stop licking your sister, and give grandpa his teeth back

2.On a amene Barney tres tres loin dans la campagne et ca la ou tu finiras toi aussi si tu ne commmece pas a te comporter comme une gentille petite fille.

We took Barney to a far away place in the countryside and that's where you'll go too if you don't start behaving like a good little girl.

Really take it slow on the prononciation and you should be okay. Let me know how it goes and if you need any more helpful hints.

Gotta go, it's HEURE.... ughhhhhhhhhck

Posted by: Katie at May 27, 2005 12:31 PM
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