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I may have secured a new role in Montreal!
Re: New life? [message #686363 is a reply to message #686362] Mon, 15 August 2022 14:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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As a kid, I had 1976 Montreal Olympic Games T-shirt Smile

Best of luck!
Re: New life? [message #686375 is a reply to message #686363] Wed, 17 August 2022 16:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thank you, Littlefoot Smile
Re: New life? [message #686376 is a reply to message #686375] Sun, 21 August 2022 11:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Congratulations! We looked into going to Canada when we decided to leave South Africa, but couldn't pass the entry requirements: not enough points. So we ended up back in Europe instead. One thing I liked was that there would have been no hassles with bringing in the cats and dogs. How's your French? Or better yet, your Québécois?
Re: New life? [message #686377 is a reply to message #686376] Sun, 21 August 2022 12:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thank you, John! I have school-boy French so I suspect I'll be able to say useful phrases like "My aunty's pen is in the tree," or some such Laughing
Re: New life? [message #686378 is a reply to message #686377] Sun, 21 August 2022 12:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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And less school-boy phrases like "une biere, s'il vous plait" Wink
Re: New life? [message #686379 is a reply to message #686378] Sun, 21 August 2022 13:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Music lyrics can help.

"Vouler vous coucher avec moi?"
"Michelle, ma belle, c'est les mots qui something something..."
"Non, je ne regrette riens"
And, of course, "je t'aime...."

They should get you through most social interactions.
Re: New life? [message #686380 is a reply to message #686378] Sun, 21 August 2022 13:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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gazzag wrote on Sun, 21 August 2022 18:56
And less school-boy phrases like "une biere, s'il vous plait" Wink
Possibly
"une pression, s'il vous plaît"
would be better? MC can confirm or deny.
Re: New life? [message #686381 is a reply to message #686380] Mon, 22 August 2022 06:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ah oui!

"Pression" is beer from a pump rather than une bouteille Smile

N'est-ce pas, Michel?

(How's my French? Embarassed)

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Re: New life? [message #686384 is a reply to message #686381] Tue, 23 August 2022 09:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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You are right "pression" indicates a draught beer and (most often) "bière" is a bottle.
Less and less bars (and almost no restaurants) offer draft beer but "bars à bières".

This is in France, our Québecois brothers like to use ancient French words or more or less English ones influenced by or mimicking their English speaking neighbors (Canadian or American).

Then a beer is there also named "une broue" derived from the English "brew", and "une bière pression" is "une bière en fût" (Google Translate gives "a beer on tap").

You are ready to quench your thirst. Smile

As a side note, "bière" has another meaning in French which does not exist in Québecois: coffin (so some puns in France are real flops in Quebec).

Re: New life? [message #686389 is a reply to message #686384] Tue, 23 August 2022 12:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Merci beaucoup, Michelle! Smile
Re: New life? [message #686390 is a reply to message #686389] Tue, 23 August 2022 12:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Oh oh, "Michel" is the male name, "Michelle" and "Michèle" are the female ones, if you confuse them you'll have some surprises. Wink

Re: New life? [message #686391 is a reply to message #686390] Tue, 23 August 2022 15:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Je suis tres desolee, Michel!

Auto-correct Wink
Re: New life? [message #686402 is a reply to message #686384] Thu, 25 August 2022 03:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Michel,
Don't know French. But Quebec is right up-north, a few hours for me. Not sure about the "une broue", but I do love my "La Fin Du Monde" (or "End of the world" for the uninformed) from Unibroue. I used to get it from any local store, but not anymore after the pandemic. That kinda worries me. Smile. A couple weeks ago, I was right at the border ( about 10 miles away) and I was seriously thinking to crossover just to get this. Same with Saison.

Also, I am tired of reading the translations. One of my life time goals is to read at least one book (foreign language) in its original form. Balzac/Camus/Maupassant were top of the list. While I did read all of Camus and some of Balzac/Maupassant, none where in Original form. Some day, I will.


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Re: New life? [message #686695 is a reply to message #686402] Fri, 25 November 2022 09:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ah, now my new life might be back in Bristol. With Boeing Smile
Re: New life? [message #686699 is a reply to message #686695] Fri, 25 November 2022 15:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Traveling by Airbus?

Just kidding!

How come? Is that Montreal job done already? Or did you change your plans?
Re: New life? [message #686839 is a reply to message #686699] Thu, 19 January 2023 13:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Change of plans Smile
Re: New life? [message #686840 is a reply to message #686379] Thu, 19 January 2023 15:41 Go to previous message
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[quote title=John Watson wrote on Sun, 21 August 2022 11:12

... "Vouler vous coucher avec moi?" .../]

Well, finally, somebody posted about something. Where did everybody go? I was hoping for an Oracle question, but I'll add my two cents to this thread.

I remember that song Lady Marmalade that referred to New Orleans, which is the capital city of the state of the Louisiana in the USA, which is where most French people who came to the area settled long ago and I believe is still the biggest concentration of people of French ancestry in this country. It is kind of like the French quarter in Quebec, Canada. I also remember the line, "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?" in that song.

I had a rather comical conversation about that line with a boyfriend at the time. I think it was around 9th or 10th grade. He had heard that the line was French, didn't know what it meant, and knew that I knew a little French, so he asked me if I knew what it meant. I responded, "Do you want to sleep with me tonight?" He suddenly got a shocked look on his face, said, "Huh? Just like that? We haven't been past first base and you casually ask me if I want to sleep with you tonight?" When I got done laughing, I explained that I was responding to his question about what the line in the song meant. He said he figured because it was French it must be something classy and had no idea that was what it meant.

Here is a link to an entertaining article about the line in that song.

https://www.thoughtco.com/voulez-vous-coucher-avec-moi-1371437

There is kind of a false assumption by most Americans that anything French must be something fancy. I forget exactly how it goes, but there used to be a popular joke about inviting someone to a fancy French restaurant called "Jack dans la boîte" which is french for Jack in the Box". It's kind of like the television commercial where a guy asks a girl if she wants to go get some fish and he shows up with a boat and rod and reel and bait and she shows up dressed for a fancy dinner and says, "I thought you meant sushi." I believe it is an advertisement for a Farm Girls Only website intended to match up country folk with other country folk, not city slickers.

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