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Excuse My French

Rachel Best Jean-Christophe Van Waes


Kyle Cathie

Language Learning - Adults » Advanced Self-Study;
Language Learning - Adults » Idioms;
Language Learning - Adults » French;
Language Learning - Adults » French


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As the French say, "Don't fart higher than your bottom". Solid life advice. Excuse my French! is a charming book for Francophiles and word-lovers alike. Written in English with a humorous tone and full of historical context, it features many common English phrases and gives the French equivalent. Informative and amusing.

Life together in a bi-lingual relationship for Rachel and Jean-Christophe created many amusing miscomprehensions and often sheer bewilderment. How do you translate, 'Don't beat around the bush' and why does 'to be left high and dry' in English, become 'rester en carafe' in French? Excuse My French! is their solution to all this conversational confusion.

The book comprises of 700 expressions in English and in French, divided into 12 chapters, which cover all the essential topics in life - including food and drink, money, business work and sex. It presents the essential idioms and metaphors of the 'other' language in a fresh, light-hearted way that won't make you feel like you're back in a classroom.

Packed with quizzes, glossaries and interesting detail on the historical contexts for how phrases were coined, and illustrated throughout with line drawings, it will improve language skills and promote the Entente Cordiale between tourists, students and business associates, as well as encourage relationships to blossom between les Gaulois et les Rosbifs all over the world!

Excuse My French: Fluent French without the Faux Pas at 131 York Street Sydney

By:   Rachel Best, Jean-Christophe Van Waes
Imprint:   Kyle Cathie
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 207mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   330g
ISBN:   9780857831699
ISBN 10:   0857831690
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   April 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Language:   French
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rachel Best was born in Yorkshire and studied French and German at Cambridge University. After a 12-year career in finance, her search for adventure took her to the Alps where she met Jean-Christophe Van Waes (on an Italian ski slope) who, when not found either climbing up or skiing down a mountain is a freelance teacher of English and German.

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