RACHEL BEST & J-C VAN WAES    Book Number: 87104    Product format: Hardback

Fluent Français without the faux pas! The French (the frogs) and the English (les rosbifs) have been frenemies for centuries. Packed with quizzes, glossaries and interesting details on how phrases were coined, the book includes all the chatty and idiomatic expressions that people actually use. Here is the English version of don't run before you can walk - Ne pète pas plus haut que ton cul (don't fart higher than your bottom!) The book also helps you avoid booby traps that lie in wait for a literal translation. If you declare Je suis plein(e) for example after a tasty steak frites, you won't be saying I'm full but rather I'm drunk! In the same vein, learn the phrases for to drink like a fish, to be an old soak, three sheets to the wind, as pissed as a fart and as drunk as a lord. Scrape the bottom of the barrel, cost an arm and a leg, you can't have your cake and eat it, to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth, no way!, to be like two peas in a pod and don't judge a book by its cover - L'habit ne fait pas le moine. For each there is a little explanation which takes us into Spanish, Latin, German and beyond and how these translations and phrases have come into being and are evolving all the time. Guaranteed to improve your language skills and promote the Entente Cordiale. 700 expressions covering food, drink, money, business, work and sex and why never to discuss politics or religion. 208pp, cartoon illus, index.
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