Or simply avoid this sentence and use the safer “tu es doué(e)” (you are gifted). You may want to avoid asking for a jerk in the restaurant.French learners often mistake “canard” and “connard”. You certainly think that “baiser” means “to kiss”, and that using that word would be really cute. While “un baiser” does mean “a kiss”, “baiser” used as a verb means “to f***”. Check out this article to learn the dos and don’ts of French greetings. In French though, “je suis chaude” (I’m hot said by a woman) means “I’m horny”.Beginners have the hardest time dealing with this frustration.A French conversation sounds lovely, but you’re just trying to absorb some common expressions and figure out which French language learning methods work the best.Still reeling from the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief, on sexual assault charges, France's political class was struck by a fresh sex scandal last weekend with the resignation of Georges Tron.The public works minister is accused of molesting two former female staff members.Even so, many language learners have a hard time getting started.They hem and haw, afraid to embarrass themselves or make themselves vulnerable to strangers on the internet.
Don’t you wish you could just speak French like a local and naturally pick up the latest slang?ALEX: They had four so four people could be on at the same time. Companies that provided these services would split the proceeds with France Telecom, and quickly everyone was making a ton of money. BOTH: [laugh] ALEX: But the reason we’re talking about it is because we have a story this week from producer Carla Green. What it actually did was convince the French government to distribute a 0 computer to every French household with a phone number.In the early 80’s, way before the world wide web existed, the French government shipped a 0 terminal to every home with a phone line, and created a service that for decades ran alongside the internet. Producer Carla Green speaks to reporter Jean-Marc Manach, who, in the early 90’s, made a living posing as a woman in sex chat rooms on Minitel. ALEX: I think that you think that you…you’re like a way more popular and sociable and friendly than I am. It’s about the back-in-the-day internet in France, which is, in some ways, very similar to the back-in-the-day internet me and PJ experienced but, in a lot of ways, much weirder. CARLA GREEN: In 1982 France’s national telephone company – France Télécom – decided it was spending too much money printing phonebooks. It was an ungainly, clumsy piece of technology, just a little CRT monitor with a keyboard.Our theme song and episode music is by Breakmaster Cylinder. The New York Times on the death of the Minitel Jean Marc Manach on The Minitel (in French) Squarespace Framebridge [THEME] ALEX GOLDMAN: So PJ, you are not…much younger than me, but younger enough that you come from like a different internet generation than I do. ALEX: When I started using the internet it was like ‘91, ‘92 and it was sort of before the world wide web. PJ: I felt like so lonely and also I was like “yeah, I understand that.” ALEX: Wait, once she said that, did you realize what was happening? PJ: Don’t you also feel like we both had kind of typical experiences early on. When you wanted to use it, you plugged it into the telephone line, meaning you couldn’t use the phone at the same time. Here’s a French newscast from the Minitel launch: NEWSCASTER: Now, we’re going to talk about something that’s relevant to you, or at least, will be relevant to you very soon, in your daily life.Finding a French language partner can really help your conversational French go from stilted sentences to full-blown debates in record time.