Off topic: Fun French slang quiz
Thread poster: Ben Gaia

Ben Gaia
New Zealand
Local time: 03:30
French to English
Feb 12, 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/quiz/2015/feb/12/spiral-quiz-test-your-french-slang

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Pas grave Feb 14, 2015

I got 10 out of 10, but my formal French has gone to les chiens through lack of exercise...

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xxxPh_B  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 15:30
English to French
Bon boulot ! Feb 14, 2015

Hats off to whoever thought up the answers, and for including a few nice traps (drague/boring, gars/train station, connard/duck, not to mention those I may have missed).

My favourite one: ‘conneries/Bond impression’


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Françoise Vogel  Identity Verified
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quite funny Feb 14, 2015

Ph_B wrote:

My favourite one: ‘conneries/Bond impression’


I had missed that one.

Not bad either, for translators:
10 out of 10 i.e. : You’re qualified to turn off the subtitles. In fact it’s a good idea, as otherwise you’ll just be sitting there going: "Well, that’s not actually what she said, you know. Not in Parisian French, at least."

[Edited at 2015-02-14 09:43 GMT]


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Ben Gaia
New Zealand
Local time: 03:30
French to English
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Puerile Subtitles Feb 14, 2015

...which reminds me of how feeble the subtitles often are regarding French swearing in movies, the Parisians will be going "l'enculé!" and the American subtitles will read "Jiminy Cricket" or something equally wet like "Gadzooks!"

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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:30
Hebrew to English
8 out of 10 Feb 14, 2015

....despite barely speaking a word of French....

Maybe I learnt more from Les Revenants than I thought.


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Kuochoe Nikoi  Identity Verified
Ghana
Local time: 14:30
Japanese to English
Terrible quiz -_- Feb 15, 2015

I got 9/10 just by choosing the rudest possible answer for every single question. The one I got 'wrong' is one I forgot to answer. That's hardly my idea of a well-designed quiz. If The Guardian was trying to put me off watching French TV dramas, they've succeeded quite nicely.

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Inga Petkelyte  Identity Verified
Portugal
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Astonished Feb 15, 2015

I'd never imagined that Parisians would swear thiiiiis much

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Michele Fauble  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:30
Member (2006)
Norwegian to English
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Sans surprise Feb 16, 2015

Dix sur dix.

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NancyLynn
Canada
Local time: 09:30
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10 out of 10 Feb 16, 2015

Not bad for a Canadienne, n'est-ce pas?

Here all the swear words relate to the Church and its holy contents and personages.


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Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
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9/10 Feb 25, 2015

The very last one reminds me of an old French pun about Aretha Franklin getting married to Sean Connery.

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