Troubador False Friends

Released: 01/02/2010

eISBN: 9781780888774

Format: eBook

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False Friends

Faux Amis


A light-hearted exploration of the French language and culture and, in particular, words and phrases that could trip up the unwary linguist. 

 Did you know that assister à does not mean ‘to assist’ but ‘to attend’? Or that attendre does not mean ‘to attend’ but ‘to wait’? A manhole is called un regard (a look) – so next time you pass one bear in mind it may well be watching you! 

After reading this book of False Friends (foreign words or phrases that sound like one thing but mean another) you will be better able to avoid those awkward pitfalls and misunderstandings, and deal with life across the English Channel or, as our neighbours insist on calling it, La Manche (the sleeve).  

An ideal companion for readers of French as well as travellers in France.

"False Friends: Faux Amis: Book Two" is now available. If you enjoy exploring the highways and byways of French language and French culture this book is for you: a light-hearted look at the words that could trip up the unwary traveller. Although not a new concept, False Friends (foreign words and phrases that look like one thing but mean another) has not been tackled for some time, and this version is fresh and original.
Did you know that "assister" means to attend and not to assist? Or that "attendre" means to wait and not to attend? After reading this book you will be better equipped to deal with life across the English Channel or, as our near neighbours will insist on calling it, "La Manche" (the sleeve).
The booklet displays a love of language, and is in six helpful sections.

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Ellie  Malet Spradbery

Since retiring from Senate House London University library, Ellie spends her time travelling in France, eating French food and reading French books. I think one could safely call her a Francophile.

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