French Lesson Again
( published 10th May 2002 )
Today I will give you the opportunity to hold a 15 minute conversation in French without too much effort. First some essential vocabulary:
Papuasian = papou ( papous in plural, pronounce "papoo" )
daddy = papa ( papas in plural )
flea (s) = pou ( poux in plural, pronounce "poo" )
there are = il y a ( "y a" in slang, pronounce like the TV series ER ! )
with the, among, at = chez ( pronounce the "e" " oh shit this is a tough one" like in "later" but with strong Irish accent, and skip the "ter" bit - so shaaaa )
So = donc
But = mais
Second, 3 key sentences:
Some Papuasians are daddys and some are not
Some Papuasians have fleas and some don't
Some fleas are daddys and some are not
And here I wish you already a nice weekend. Stand in front of a mirror, or friends and family, start reading the following out loud ( important the out loud bit!! ). Test it with your neighbours at work. Should bring up a sudden interest in French language. By the way, works perfectly to calm down babies when they are crying ( old Gaston Lagaffe trick ).
Chez les Papous y a des papous papas et des papous pas papas. Chez les papous y a des papous a poux et des papous pas a poux. Donc chez les papous y a des papous papas a poux, des papous papas pas a poux, des papous pas papas a poux, des papous pas papas pas a poux. Mais chez les poux y a des poux papas et des poux pas papas. Donc chez les papous y a des papous papas a poux papas, des papous papas a poux pas papas, des papous papas pas a poux papas, des papous papas pas a poux pas papas, des papous pas papas a poux papas, des papous pas papas a poux pas papas, des papous pas papas pas a poux papas, des papous pas papas pas a poux pas papas...
Not sure if I sent you this one already. Please send me jokes, I'm running out of them:
Little Nancy was in the garden filling in a hole when her neighbor
peered over the fence.
Interested in what the cheeky-faced youngster was up to, he asked,
What are you doing there, Nancy?"
"My goldfish died," replied Nancy tearfully without looking up, "and
I've just buried him."
The neighbor was very concerned. "That's an awfully big hole for a
goldfish, isn't it?"
Nancy patted down the last heap of dirt then replied, "That's because
he's inside your f*****g cat."