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  • Published: 24 September 2007
  • ISBN: 9781846140525
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

Pardon My French: Unleash Your Inner Gaul in 250 Words


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THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT FRANCE :How to say Oh la laSmuggling live chickens into rugby matches is patrioticHow many times to kiss on the cheekA six-pack is a bar of chocolateThe dangers of being called Peter or PennyOrdering a steak without getting sneered atThe importance of WednesdaysHow to tipWhen to celebrate ChristmasFrom sugar-cube etiquette to why the Marseillaise is all about slaughtering Austrians and Prussians as bloodily as possible, Charles Timoney lays bare the Gallic mindset alongside their bizarre language. Covering all areas of everyday life from eating and drinking to travel, work and, crucially, swearing and sounding like a teenager, this is not just the most entertaining, but also the most useful book on France and the French you'll ever read.

  • Pub date: 24 September 2007
  • ISBN: 9781846140525
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Charles Timoney

When Charles Timoney and his French wife were both made redundant in the same week they decided to try living in France for a year or so. It proved much harder than expected. Charles' O level in French was little help when everyone around him consistently used a wide variety of impenetrable slang and persisted in the annoying habit of talking about things he had never heard of. But they stayed. Two decades and two thoroughly French children later, he decided to write the books that would have saved him from so many blunders and misunderstandings along the way.

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