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Geneviève lives in Switzerland.
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Product Details

  • Series: Sexy Slang Series
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (December 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684854287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684854281
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Renaaah on August 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
Ooh-la-la. This is a delightful gift for the friend who has a decent elementary grasp on the French language and a rolicking sense of humour. Written with great lingusitic dexterity, both in French aan in English, it will be treasured for years to come.
Excerpt: <<So you think that suffixes are just another boring little grammatical item? Not in French, where some are invested with great power. The French, with their superiority complex, make much use of suffixes to express contempt and belittlement. Here are the basic ones, with a few examples of each... (EXAMPLES FOLLOW)>>
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Laure-Madeleine on December 23, 2000
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In "Merde Encore!," author Geneviève recommends that one should have looked over her previous book, "Merde!," because she "shall at times . . . assume knowledge acquired in the first." Thus, she says, "What I offer here is further exploration of colloquial vocabulary and idioms and, through them, deeper insights into the French psyche." So, while the layout of "Merde Encore!" is similar to "Merde!," there is a difference in tone between the two books. "Merde!" presents a colloquial and idiomatic French glossary, and "Merde Encore!" attempts to offer an outsider's view on the French psyche (in particular, on the Frenchman's psyche) in a rather sarcastic commentary interspersed with additional vocabulary. Here, Geneviève extends her thesis from "Merde!" (see the chapter on "Xenophobia and Racism") on the "innate French feeling of superiority" by indulging in lots of name-calling and stereotyping. In the interests of free speech, a glossary, dictionary, or phrasebook may offer "politically incorrect" terminology and usage. However, it is up to the reader to decide if a line has been crossed when an author chooses to perpetuate xenophobic stereotypes by using the words "Frog," "Froggie," and "Frog Pathology," and by offering undocumented commentary on the hygiene of the French, for example. Sometimes it is difficult to determine what is humour and what is not. (The foregoing remarks are offered by this reviewer as a disclaimer.)
"Merde Encore!" has thirteen short chapters: "Verbs" (i.e.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2000
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This book assumes you have at least a full year of French behind you. It is not for beginners, even given the fact that most learners of a second language usually go for the "cinq lettres" words first. It was absolutely a must read for me when I visited Paris, and a bit of a help when I eventually visited Quebec. Lots of cultural nuances about the French (even body language is discussed), funny illustrations, and plenty of good intentioned advice... if a bit R-rated.
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I wish I had this book in high school and college. Would have made my French classes more interesting. I did live in France during college, and definitely could have used this book, which is a collection of all the good colloquialisms of the French. It is a fun book to look at for a good laugh, if you ever had an interest in the French and the language. Flipper
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