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Re: I speak French but French what?

Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]

That would have to be feminine then Stick out tongue [:P]

 

Une maladie mentale


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Re: I speak French but French what?

"The French" is a literal translation of 'le français'.
In English we say 'speaks French' (no 'the') but often the way to say it in French is 'parle le français'

It was that idiom that I was representing.

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell
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Re: I speak French but French what?

 Chancer wrote:

Am I right in saying one could say or write Les Francaises if referring to an all female group? Say a womans hockey team in an international tournament?



Beh oui, Chance, les francaises over there all playing hockey!

N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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Re: I speak French but French what?

Chancer wrote,

That would have to be feminine then


Une maladie mentale


Very good, but seriously, you should not mock the mentally ill. If they wish to believe that by hacking off parts of their bodies, or sticking bits of plastic on them they can somehow change gender, then good for them. For other people to try to go along with this insanity and encourage them is just plain cruel.

On the other hand, it sure does provide great entertainment for the rest of us. ;-)
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Re: I speak French but French what?

It crops up with dogs as well. We all know that dog is masculine, le chien. However if someone is referring to their female dog they may talk about la chienne.
Presumably woof is normally a word in la langue chien but occasionally also in la langue chienne.
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Re: I speak French but French what?

Woof? Confused [8-)]

 

Ouaf!! Big Smile [:D]

 

I believe you if you are speaking of one specific female dog its correct to use the feminin chienne. - Une chienne chauffée Wink [;-)]

 


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Re: I speak French but French what?

Yes, true but be awful careful of the context when using la chienne as it is a serious insult!
Too thick for a PhD!
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Re: I speak French but French what?

<BLOCKQUOTE><table width="85%"><tr><td class="txt4"><img src="/forums/completefrance-forums/cs/Themes/default/images/icon-quote.gif">&nbsp;<strong>Chancer wrote:</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="quoteTable"><table width="100%"><tr><td width="100%" valign="top" class="txt4"><P>Woof? <img src="/forums/completefrance-forums/cs/images/emotions/confused.gif" alt="Confused [8-)]" /></P>
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<P>Ouaf!! <img src="/forums/completefrance-forums/cs/images/emotions/biggrin.gif" alt="Big Smile [:D]" /></P>
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<P>I believe you if you are speaking of one specific female dog its correct to use the feminin chienne. - Une chienne chauffée <img src="/forums/completefrance-forums/cs/images/emotions/wink.gif" alt="Wink [;-)]" /></P>
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Decades ago when travelling through the south of France on the way to Italy we saw a sign advertising, 'Toast Warm Dogs'.
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