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(Last?) Fino’s Guide to the French – Issue #10 – Raves


“Comment voulez-vous gouverner un pays où il existe 258 variétés de fromage?” Charles de Gaulle. Rough translation: “How could you possibly govern a country where there are 258 kinds of cheese?” I promised to end on a positive note so … Continue reading

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Fino’s Guide to the French – Issue #9 – Rants


“The ideal form in the French mind of a movie queue is a half-circle” Michael Finocchiaro (2010) OK so this will be a short post with a few rants and I will OF COURSE do a post tomorrow with RAVES … Continue reading

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Fino’s Guide to the French – Issue #8 – Exceptions and opposites


Hopefully Humorous Observations and Occasional Tips in Dealing with the Gauls and Parisians Li exception verefie la riule (1322). [Varin, Archiv. administ. de la ville de Reims, t. II, 1re part. p. 324]. Rough translation: “The exception confirms (or validates) the … Continue reading

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No Froggies Today


Didn’t have time to write a post about Grenouilland today. It seems from my stats that it may not have been particularly missed. I’ll post one or two last entries in this theme and then let it die…unless popular uproar … Continue reading

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Fino’s Guide to the French – Issue #7 – Power


“C’est à la tête seulement qu’il appartient de délibérer et de résoudre, et toutes les fonctions des autres membres ne consistent que dans l’exécution des commandements qui leur sont donnés” Louis XIV (Memoires, 1661) Rough Translation: “Deliberation and decisions belong … Continue reading

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Fino’s Guide to the French – Issue #6 – Driving Hazards


“Le champignon le plus vénéneux, c’est celui qu’on trouve dans les voitures.” Coluche. Coluche was a working-class comedian that died in the 80’s. His citations tend to be biting and sarcastic and are to the French what Saturday Night Live back in the John Belushi-Danny … Continue reading

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Fino’s Guide to the French – Issue #5 – Theory and Practice


Hopefully Humorous Observations and Occasional Tips in Dealing with the Gauls and Parisians “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” Yogi Berra or Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut or physicist Albert Einstein … Continue reading

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