More of the Real French You Were Never Taught at School
Touchstone Books, Paperback, 9780684854281, 112pp.
Publication Date: December 9, 1998
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the cafe...
For those of you who delighted in Genevieve's deliciously naughty first book, Merde , and for those unfortunate few who have not yet had the pleasure...Genevieve is back with Merde Encore
Here the inimitable Genevieve makes further fabulous forays into French argot and comes up with an enormous range of colorful idioms, essential for anyone who wants to speak the language as it really is spoken. As an additional treat, she also gives instructions in the correct use of impassioned Gallic gestures -- those silent but expressive signals so beloved of the French motorist and shopkeeper. And, most important, she reveals how the French language, both spoken and visual, is a key to the spirit and character of the people who use it. With infectious humor, she exposes the idiosyncratic attitudes that have produced so great a wealth of vivid expressions.
So now discover how the French really feel about sex, food, la belle France, foreigners, hygiene, death...Merde Encore may confirm what you've always suspected.
Merde Encore is a pleasure so guilty that even the author, Genevieve, does not divulge her last name. And though Firoozeh Dumas keeps it hidden in the back of her shelf, she nevertheless finds it handy for learning to speak French the way a textbook would never teach her. More at NPR.org
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