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Re: french/english idioms

Yes that's a good example Mint.
As I (think) I wrote earlier, I think language reflects a nation's essence. So I would like to think that we british have something in common with the french. Many of whom I became close to.
In spite of earlier wars, and current Brexit differences.


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M. Google, il dit "annoncer clairement ses intentions" so - 'he does not clearly announce his intentions'
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évidemment!Big Smile [:D]
N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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I recently tried a couple of things which fell completely flat with my French audience. I will use English here to avoid mucking about with the French accents.

On entering the local bar, I was asked by my good friend,Fred, the barman: "A beer?"
I replied as I might in my UK local, but in French: "Is the Pope catholic?"
Fred, confused, as were the other customers: "Yes, of course he is. Why do you ask? Would you like a beer?"

Then to a lorry driver whose vehicle had broken down outside our house and was stuck for 7 hours until a mechanic got him going at 9pm. I had supplied them both with refreshments and offered the use of our "facilities" and said to them as they were finally leaving: "I hope your dinners are not in the dog."
The driver's reply: "In the dog? We don't have a dog."

Vive la difference.
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Yes their sense of humour is different from ours.
Did anyone see the tv series Excuse my French?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excuse_My_French_(2006_TV_series)
Marcus Brigstocke tried out one of his standup routines on a french audience, I think it was in Paris. It fell flat, so he made it more slapstick and they loved it.

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Slapstick, dirty postcard and lavatorial always seem to work
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Wow.

Did they know that you were "les Anglais".

"F u c k you" seems to get a good response too.


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Pat, I have found another one that  you might like.  Found in one of those waiting room magazines.....this time at my kiné's. 

The expression is les pièds à terre et la tete dans les étoiles.  I think I prefer to have my head amongst the stars like the French instead of in the clouds like the Brits.  France 1, GB 0 on this occasionStick out tongue [:P]

N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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