Vocabulary alone isn't enough. To survive in the most sophisticated and the
most scathing nation on Earth you will need to understand the many
peculiarities of the (very peculiar) French culture. And for that you need A
Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi. If you want to fit in with the French you'll have to
know how to deal with sardonic waiters; why French children hate Charlemagne;
the etiquette of kissing, joke-telling and drinking songs, what to do with a
bidet, the correct recipe for a salade nicoise and, of course, how to convey
absolute, shattering indifference with a single syllable (Bof!). Charles Timoney,
the author of Pardon My French, provides a practical, pleasurable guide to the
charms of the Gallic people from their daily routines to their peerless
gesticulations, from their come-ons to their put-downs. Read on and put the oh
la la back into your French vacances. Your inner gaul will thank you for it.
About the Author
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 two books that would have saved him from so many blunders and
misunderstandings along the way: Pardon My French and A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi.
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A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi: The Ideal Guide to Sounding, Acting and Shrugging Like the French