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To be fair no-one comes out of this very well... least of all the café owner for choosing such drab 'umbrellas'!
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Switching between Qwerty and Azerty keyboards is challenging enough but I've been struggling with a new variant this month: QWERTZ. I've tried numerous language settings but most of the punctuation keys just do their own thing... &ù$!)?*. It's taken until now for me to unearth the exclamation mark hiding at the top left under the F1 and 3 squiggles key, and requiring an Alt Gr, Shift and a Handstand. So with no smiley emojis to come to the rescue it's been a serious August. Until now!!!!
THE LOCAL.fr ran a good article recently about the difficulty of mastering different keyboard layouts.
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In this corner of the Haute Savoie we like to do things a little differently hence the unusual take on the national "Course des Garçons de Café" annual event. Read on, it gets better ;) Taken from this week's entertainments schedule prominently displayed in the tourist office entrance. No wonder the tourists are looking puzzled!
For those of you not familiar with the event, waiters from local cafés and restaurants pit themselves against each other in a series of short road races across France - all dressed in formal black and white serving attire and carrying trays of wine glasses. Ok it's odd, but it doesn't normally involve any show jumping!
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Thank you to a fellow translator for posting this.
I have done nothing but rant since the early hours of June 24th and this finally brought a smile to my face :)
I hope it does to yours too.
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Whilst on one side of the channel the future of the red, white and blue Union Jack is looking decidely shaky, we take another look at how the Tricolor got its colours. Cute and good for French practice ;-)
But there's a serious note here too showing how patriotism in the wrong hands can lead to racism. www.facebook.com/Francisation.fr/videos/948216991957533/
Meanwhile with the EU referendum on everyone's minds, here's a helpful pointer for any expats considering applying for French citizenship.
Have you applied for French citizenship recently? We'd love to hear your experience. Please let us know how you got on here.
Ahead of Euro 2016 French strikers are getting even more than their usual share of news coverage...
What's your view on the proposed French labour reforms and the widespread industrial action that's gripping parts of the country? To comment please visit the alpinelinguists facebook page here
The Show Must go On...! Even as the Seine continues to rise, top French designer unveils his new line in shoe wear.
Said to be literally floating out of the shops, these shoes have been praised for their stylish yet practical design. Well they're certainly original.
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You make eye contact, smile, remember your "s'il vous plaîts" & "mercis"... and yet the person on the opposite side of the sales counter remains poker-faced, scowling even. Sound familiar?
If you think saying "excusez moi" to a shop assistant is enough to get them to respond civilly to you then think again! Read more about what Canadian authors Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoit Nadeau have to say on the subject in this revealing piece in The Local France. To comment on this and other language-related content please follow our facebook page.
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#penuriecarburantdansunfilm became France's top Twitter trend this week as people hit by the current fuel shortage turned to humour, spoofing film titles in social media.
Popular titles include Pump Friction, Fuel Monty, TOTAL Recall and Last and Furious...
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