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Dirty French: Everyday Slang from "What's Up?" to "F*%# Off!" (Dirty Everyday Slang) Bilingual Edition

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Adrien Clautrier is a self-employed mechanic born and raised in Marseille, France. Henry Rowe left Berkeley to play soccer in France. He never made it out of the amateur ranks, but stayed for the used bookstores and St-Émilion wine cellars.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dirty Everyday Slang
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; Bilingual edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569756589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569756584
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Monie Garcia VINE VOICE on October 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
Dirty French, Everyday Slang from "What's Up?" to "F*%# Off!" was hilarious. The opening paragraph warns that this isn't a beginner's grammar book but a book designed to take your French to the next level. I've only had 1 year of French and this was over 18 years ago so that had me worried. Yes, my accent was very rusty, but I got through it and even if you don't know any French at all you'd still find the sayings and musings in between delightfully funny.

This book includes phrases for every situation, including expressions for describing art that make one sound smart and cool. Use sweet words to entice a local beauty into a walk along the Seine, and less-then-philosophical rebuffs for those overly zealous, espresso-fueled cafe "poets." There are enough insults and swear words to offend every person in France without even speaking to them in English, which they really dislike.

Some of my favorites are below. I will censor to keep it clean but the book doesn't and that makes it half the fun!!

* Whoops! You're not my boyfriend. - Zut! T'es pas mon mec.
* Don't S&#@ your pants! - Te chie pas!
* Did your girlfriend just fart? - C'est ta copine qu'a pet?
* My French boyfriend is a horndog. - Mon copain francais est un queuetard.

There are 9 chapters in the book so stick French after each of these words and you'll get an idea of the awesome amount of swear words and dirty phrases you can learn: Howdy, Friendly, Party, Body, Horny, Angry, Poppy, Sporty and Hungry. (hey, that sounds like a new Snow White movie. LOL)

Oh and you can even learn to send Dirty French texts such as... "VTFF"
To find out what that means, I guess you'll have to buy the book.
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I'm French (pardon my English!), so I was really excited to read this bilingual book to make the most of each language. As far as I can judge, I found the english part enlightening, but the french translations, though funny, are sometimes a real disappointment.

Nowhere, for example, will you find a meter maid called a pigeon (pervenche is the right word, due to the same blue shade of the flower). Sometimes, the translation looks like it was written for a book, not a conversation (or, maybe, for a conversation in a 70s erotic movie with a Nouvelle Vague style); sometimes it looks too familiar to sound true : take "I won't say a word", translated as "Je ne dirais rien sans un avocat"; in fact, you'd better use, I believe, the words of a lawyer (Je ne parlerai qu'en présence de mon avocat) because it looks oddly assertive and pompously funny. Sometimes colloquial is professional in a different context.
It would also need some update (I'm laid back : I'd say "tranquille" rather than "calme").
Also, I suspect the book suffers from 2 major flaws : sometimes the translation tries to be too close to the english sentence and looks unnatural (maybe the english sentence here has no real good counterpart in French ?), and sometimes there are many possible translations depending on the context, but only one is given. This could be easily improved. It also lacks a cheat sheet for most common expressions.

Still there are excellent parts, enough to successfully start or stop a fight or a discussion with a friend or a foe. All in all, an interesting reference with flaws, so you'll have to practice and adapt to become a native.
On the brightest side, the introductions to all sections are invariably relevant (you'll really learn useful things, about cops and the rest), and the cover is a pristine example of a successful real life short dialogue !
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This slim compilation of raw vernacular lives up (?) to its title. So, that being said, there is a lot to recommend this book. It's a fun and useful read on its predictable subject matter. There are also bits on pop culture - the media, sports, French personality stereotypes, food, eating places, and even a few drinking songs that vary the book's uh-h primary thrust. Sadly, the publishers have undercut the authors' best efforts with a shoddy glued binding that - in my copy - began to break apart at page 30, rapidly disintegrated, and is now being held together by a rubber band.
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As a frequent visitor and part time resident of Paris, I already speak quite passable French. {Well certainly enough to be complimented anyway, and those Parisians don't exactly hand out the compliments like bonbons, I assure you.)
I bought this little piece of French "nastiness" to keep up with more modern slang, ...and to stop sounding quite so much like a professor from the Sorbonne when in friendly conversation, particularly with the younger crowd.
Not that "proper" French isn't admired and commented on, specially in Paris, but there are times when your best vocabulary will let you down. If you try to translate just exactly what you hear them saying nowadays, you'll be left floundering. And of course it's very handy to have the succinct and firm way of telling some bothersome individual to remove their person from within your general vicinity and go and indulge in some physically impossible solo sexual actions....if you take my meaning; ...and I'm sure you do!
That's where this none too PC slim little volume comes in.
Now DON'T buy this book if you blush when somebody says "damn", ...or insist on replacing Hell with Heck; ...and any mention of sexual proclivities has you tsk-tsking! You will be shocked indeed! VERY!
If however, you would like to be able to rattle off the easy patter you hear "les gens" using with each other, then just learn a few of these little gems that will have even those unimpressible French ears sizzling!

The book is set out in very handy little chapterettes, each devoted to particular situations that occur in modern life.
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