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Living France - - Contents -

Your views of life in France

My handy tip to learn French is to write a short story or poem in­cor­po­rat­ing some French words or phrases. The re­main­der, in English, is used to de­scribe the French words within the con­text of the story…

THE LIN­GUIST

I think I’ll take a trip to France From Dover to Calais And take a look around the town Par­lez-vous anglais?

Non, I’d bet­ter learn some French To help me on my way Bon­jour would start me off Hello or just good day

I’d also need to have A s’il vous plaît or two And then I could say please When I give jobs to you

Êtes-vous amer­i­cain? Non, je suis anglais might do Then they know my lim­i­ta­tions Words and phrases few

And if I want to have a meal Où est le restau­rant, and please Might help me find a place to eat A toasted sand­wich, ham and cheese

And with my croque-mon­sieur A glass of wine, tout de suite Straight away, s’il vous plaît When I find a place to eat

Would I like vin rouge ou blanc I’m sure I do not know Je ne sais pas, the garçon said La bouteille I will show

And so I’d bet­ter head on back I start up my voiture My 2CV and me go home Good­bye and au revoir

Rod Romero Fetcham, near Leather­head in Sur­rey

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