- Series: Sexy Slang Series
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone (December 9, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684854279
- ISBN-13: 978-0684854274
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Merde!: The Real French You Were Never Taught at School (Sexy Slang Series) Paperback – December 9, 1998
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Written by "Genevieve," who is identified only as living in Switzerland, this humorous look at French argot claims to be a "survival guide to understanding everyday French as it is really spoken." While there is certainly much for the casual reader to enjoy and much for lovers of France to commit to memory, the book falls flat. The fun of learning slang in a foreign language is understanding the sometimes mystifying, often amusing, literal meanings of those expressions. For example, according to Genevieve, an innocent, naive person is a oie blanche, a white goose, and to make love in a slow, conventional way is faire l'amour a la papa, make love like dad. Unfortunately this guide only erratically provides such literal meanings, making the book of full value only to those whose French is in good shape already or who are willing to paw through a conventional dictionary while reading this.
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I soon realized that everything I was being taught at my language course at the Sorbonne was only going to get me so far -- a good 50% of peoples' conversations, the dialog in movies, song lyrics, etc., used words that weren't in my textbook.
This book was a godsend -- easily the most useful French language textbook I've ever read. Ultimately, it meant that I could start taking the steps to being an "insider", rather than a tourist (another hint -- knowing 1970s French pop stars is a lot more important than knowing the date of the storming of the Bastille). Trying to learn another language is always painful, so any kind of positive feedback is important, and I found that it was much easier to impress people with a well-chosen slang phrase than with my mastery of sentences designed to get you through passport control (let alone the use of the subjunctive).
Bottom line: If you're only going to learn 50 French words, they should be "please", "thank you" and another 48 from this book -- you'll
(A) Be able to amuse your hosts, and (B) Know when people are insulting you.
And don't worry, the people in passport control speak English just fine...