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03:39 Jun 13, 2001
English to French translations [Non-PRO] Marketing
Explanation: Explanation of the usage of the terms in France:
- "bicyclette" is the proper and formal term, used in formal written language or litterary work, specially in the past "La bicyclette bleue" is a famous novel with action around World War II, elderly people probably only use this term: "les ouvriers allaient au travail à bicyclette": this is a tool, an everyday vehicle, you use it because you have to
- "vélo" is the more fashioned term, any sunday biker "fait du vélo": this is a sport or fashion item, you use it because you like, to show off or to be proud of your performance
There is also a famous idiomatic expression in Frnch "la petite reine" that may be useful to avoid the difficult choice!