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07:04 Jun 16, 2000
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: icicles
icicles are pointed spikes of frozen water. This is for a child's bilingual dictionary so I am looking for a simple term for icicles.
Dominique Cook
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:37
French translation:stalactites
Explanation:
Sorry but there is no simple word in French for icicles. The French are fairly abstract and use a lot of generic terms and in order to help kids with this word, we usually use a pun which is as follows :
"tite tombe, mite monte"
'tite' referring to 'stalactite' and 'mite' to 'stalagmite'.

Val
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Valerie Marzac
France
Local time: 12:37
Grading comment
Merci bien. C'est ce que j'avais choisi, mais j'espérais que quelqu'un connaissait un terme simple pour enfants. Je me rappelle aussi de "mite monte", "tite tombe".
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Valerie Marzac


  

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stalactites


Explanation:
Sorry but there is no simple word in French for icicles. The French are fairly abstract and use a lot of generic terms and in order to help kids with this word, we usually use a pun which is as follows :
"tite tombe, mite monte"
'tite' referring to 'stalactite' and 'mite' to 'stalagmite'.

Val

Valerie Marzac
France
Local time: 12:37
Native speaker of: French
PRO pts in pair: 47
Grading comment
Merci bien. C'est ce que j'avais choisi, mais j'espérais que quelqu'un connaissait un terme simple pour enfants. Je me rappelle aussi de "mite monte", "tite tombe".
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