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Talk to the snail: ten commandments for understanding the French

Author: Clarke, Stephen Publisher: Bloomsbury Press 2006.Language: EnglishDescription: 262 p. ; 18 cm.ISBN: 1596913096Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes index
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Book Europe Campus
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Print HM621.63 .F7 C53 2006
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Available 32419001222441
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Includes index


Talk to the Snail Ten Commandments for Understanding the French Contents 1 THOU SHALT BE WRONG (if you're not French) Why every Frenchman is 'Monsieur Right' 1 2 THOU SHALT NOT WORK 27 Why long weekends are good for the French economy 3 THOU SHALT EAT Just because it smells of pig's droppings doesn't mean it'll taste like them 53 4 THOU SHALT BE ILL 79 Getting the best out of the French national drug habit 5 THOU SHALT SPEAK FRENCH Fun ways to mispronounce words and offend people 6 THOU SHALT NOT SING (in tune, anyway) A French artiste says: 'Pretentious, moi?' 7 THOU SHALT NOT KNOW Don't mention the war, nuclear power, tax or structural surveys 95 115 133 8 THOU SHALT NOT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR Oui, I am smoking into your dinner, et alors? 9 THOU SHALT NOT BE SERVED Garcon? Waiter? Bonjour? Oh, forget it 155 179 10 THOU SHALT BE POLITE (and simultaneously rude) 207 Bonjour, Madame, vous êtes une idiote 11 THOU SHALT SAY 'I LOVE YOU' The perils of French-style amour Epilogue Index 233 257 259 Attentive readers may note that there are eleven, not ten, commandments here. But surely you didn't think you could fit a nation as fascinating and complex as the French into just ten commandments, did you? Merde alors!

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