Living France - - LANGUAGE -

Mean­ing ‘duck’, ca­nard can also be a slang mean­ing for a news­pa­per. Faire un froid de ca­nard means ‘to be bit­terly cold’. In mu­sic, ca­nard means ‘the wrong note’. Le vi­lain pe­tit ca­nard means ‘ugly duck­ling’ and marcher comme un ca­nard means ‘to walk splay-footed’. This dinky guide fits neatly into your pocket and would be a use­ful com­pan­ion on any trip to France. Com­plete begin­ners might strug­gle to make them­selves un­der­stood with only the writ­ten pho­netic pro­nun­ci­a­tion in the phrase­book as a guide, so ad­vanced prepa­ra­tion with the CD is a must. The book is di­vided into handy colour-coded sec­tions that cover all sorts of sit­u­a­tions likely to be en­coun­tered by vis­i­tors: trans­port, ac­com­mo­da­tion, food and drink, shop­ping and sight­see­ing. It would also be use­ful as a quick ref­er­ence for in­ter­me­di­ate French speak­ers; par­tic­u­larly the menu decoder to guard against un­ex­pected sur­prises at the din­ner ta­ble. Lonely Planet French Phrase­book and CD, £7.99 lone­ly­

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