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August 25, 2004 9812464298 978-9812464293 Bilingual
It's not the French you learned in school. Learn the lingo on: Love, Sex, Extreme Sports, Video Games, Fashion, Body and Gross Bodily Functions, Internet, Text Messaging, Gossip, Entertainment, and Partying. Also exposed in Hide This Book are hilarious language mishaps, social trends, and cool cultural features. Thermometers indicate how “hot” language is, so you know when an expression is totally offensive, completely inappropriate and downright nasty! Hear the foreign language online, or download the audio to you iPod® or MP3 player. Entertaining as well as enlightening, this is one language reference you'll enjoy reading cover to cover.


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“…Things you might really want to say and…need to say…hip, young, and irreverent.” – Chicago Tribune Online

“…An utter delight for the hip traveler.” – New York Daily News

About the Author

In January 2003, the renowned Berlitz Publishing became part of the Langenscheidt Group. The Langenscheidt Publishing Group, the premier group of map and travel companies, offers over 4,000 North American and international street maps, road maps, atlases, language-learning, bilingual dictionaries, and travel-related products covering countries, cities, and languages in every continent.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Hide This; Bilingual edition (August 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9812464298
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812464293
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,452,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Le Mot Juste December 24, 2005
For those of you who are intrigued by the argot tossed about in slang books like "Merde", "Merde Encore, the "Street French" series, "Streetwise French and "Tune Up Your French, Berlitz's 94 page "Hide This French Book" will provide more than enough hip topics and expressions to satisfy even the most passionate slang junkie.

Especially geared towards students and those of us who want to know evolving street speak, Berlitz actually prints a two page disclaimer as a preface warning French speaking wannabes that some of the language cited in the book is to be used sparingly and in familiar company that will not judge you as crude.

With this in mind, the author, Eve-Alice Roustang-Stoller demarcates the crudest, rudest and crassest of her lingual tidbits using fetching forewarning icons of thermometers depicted as either with the mercury at a spicy half-way point to label the pretty vulgar or with the mercury bursting to the way-too-hot overspill point to indicate the totally offensive. Thankfully and shame-savingly, she provides gender symbol icons to inform the reader when a phrase is to be used only when describing a particular sex and a website where one can actually hear the correct pronunciation.

The book covers a wide spectrum of situations beginning with the basic greeting expressions, and moving through dating, love, sex, homosexual life, sports, games, shopping, fashion, body parts, technology, gossiping, food, partying, friendship, entertainment and ending with 6 ultimate French gestures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Audio Files at Website Add Value August 21, 2006
I picked-up this slim phrase book to pass my time while waiting for a train on a recent business trip. My attention was caught by its black cover and tongue-in-cheek presentation as an insider's guide to vernacular phrases with an emphasis on the risque' and rude. Mock warning labels drive home the point. Most (not all!) of the words and phrases are in fact pretty tame. I've spent considerably more time with this book than my two hour plus train trip thanks in part to a website the publishers have set up. The book's street smart contents are available at the website in MP3 format. With a little expertise (and freely available iTunes software) the audio files can be converted to more conventional CD (CDA) files for all your older CD players. A Berlitz rep emailed me that managing the files in this way for personal use is not a copyright violation. The website in conjunction with the book raises the value of this inexpensive niche effort. Hearing the audio files turns a cute marketing ploy into useful learning tool.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incroyable! March 23, 2005
I have found this guide to be among the most helpful in regards to colloquial French: while others contain extensive information, they lack phonetical instruction. However, Berlitz has an online audio site that readers can visit to actually hear the slang spoken by native speakers. Therefore, "francophiles" of all speaking levels (beginning to advanced) can master the phrases presented in Ms. Roustang-Stoller's book!

Other works on French slang casually present phrases that may offend native speakers so as to humor English-speaking readers. For example, one would not approach an attractive person and exclaim, "Quelle cul t'as!" (Toned-down meaning: "What buttocks you have!"). Indeed, a less extreme pick-up would most likely be in order. This being said, the book certainly presents its wealth of phrases and idioms in an amusing fashion, but it singles out ones that particularly are not appropriate in everyday conversation.

Along with ratings and online resources, Roustang-Stoller dashes her book with sidebars about French culture and gives the reader conversational examples. Thereby, the active reader can not only master the phrases but apply them appropriately. I just lent my friend this guide on his school trip to France, and he said that it came in handy numerous times. Even if you speak school-taught French perfectly, it really helps to know conversational slang for real-life situations. So, if you don't know a lick of French and want to get a few laughs, or you are a high school student in French V AP who is traveling to Paris in the near future, this book is perfect for you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hide this french book (berlitz hide this book) May 18, 2007
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Very interesting topics in this book. For travelers to actually go out and have fun and very useful with the audioguide MP3 that can be downloaded from the website.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do as it says July 17, 2008
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This book is good for looking up slangs, terms, and colloquialisms that you will not learn in a conventional French class. Everything is cleverly broken up into catagories or chapters and the phrases are neatly organized and easy to find.

Though, you might want to take the book's title to heart, do what it says, and hide that book. There are some...unsavory words and phrases that might offend someone if they are reading over your shoulder. Not to mention the cover is a little conspicuous.

Altogether, though, I liked this book as it was useful and provided my friends and I with a few laughs.
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