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 Post subject: Re: Do's and Dont's of Living in France...
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:35 pm 
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Catwoman wrote:
But 'fin' which is the noun which the adjective qualifies, is masculine.


I believe
In this case the noun is 'fin de journée' which is fem.


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According to my Larousse "fin" is feminine, as in "la fin approche"

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OOps, sorry. It is indeed feminine - I was thinking of Spanish, where it's masculine :lol:


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Catwoman wrote:
OOps, sorry. It is indeed feminine - I was thinking of Spanish, where it's masculine :lol:


:lol: I don't know where it comes from , but spanish nouns are often the opposite genre of french equivalents


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:14 pm 
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DON'T give a pot of chrysanths as a thank you present :ymblushing:

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LOL I did, there was a promotion on :))

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clarelouise wrote:
DON'T give a pot of chrysanths as a thank you present :ymblushing:

clare

LOL I did, there was a promotion on :))
Do's and don'ts
Do ignore any advice I give x_x

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I bet they went down well ;))


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I'd give them to my french Mother in law!! ;) :YMDEVIL: =)) =)) =)) but I won't.... Obreynne

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Police across several European countries have taken part in a co-ordinated operation to arrest over 40 notorious internet Francophiles.

Operation ‘Dans La Merde’ has been monitoring the activities of suspected Francophiles for the last 18 months, gathering evidence on a number of ringleaders believed to be responsible for running websites dedicated to the trade in sickening photos of historic French landmarks and idyllic rural scenery.

UK police forces across several counties were involved in the sting operation, supported by members of Interpol and the English Tourist Board. During one early morning raid on a mobile home near the port of Dover, police captured 3 laptop computers as well as large numbers of CDs, materials for making baguettes and pains au chocolat, wine bottles both full and empty, and what can only be described as a range of soft cheeses.

The owners of the camper van are believed to be a Mr and Mrs Harvey (48 and 45) from Kent, who have a long record of promoting the French lifestyle and who were about to embark on a 3 week trip around Picardy, Normandy and the Loire Valley to seek out likely sites for other Francophiles to set up 2nd homes. Mr & Mrs Harvey were arrested by French police last summer and charged with grooming locals in an attempt to gain their trust before retired middle-class British people inveigled themselves into their communities.

At a similar site in Felixstowe, another couple were arrested while trying to escape to the relative safety of the supermarkets of Boulogne. Police believe that the couple were involved in an illegal smuggling operation to bring good quality meats and seafood into the UK.

Jenny Taylor, spokeswoman for the ETB said, ‘This is the most significant operation of its kind in years. We believe that today’s operation has made a giant leap towards eradicating these disgusting practices, and will go a long way towards stopping the spread of French culture and quality goods in our country’.

The head of the UK police operations, Detective Chief Inspector Ridley said that he was pleased that so much had been achieved but issued a stern warning to anyone who may be thinking of dabbling in Francophile practices. ‘We are ever vigilant, we can track your every move and we will catch you. There is no room for this kind of repulsive continental behaviour in this country. Frenchiness will not prevail on my watch’.

When questioned about reports that several of the main targets of today’s raids had evaded capture, DCI Ridley shrugged and said ‘Pah, c’est la vie’.


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 Post subject: Re: Do's and Dont's of Living in France...
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Nice one Alys :-bd

Sort of related, but I haven't noticed people going on so much about the wonders of living in France, perhaps everyone is just getting on with it or perhaps people have felt a bit knocked by the recession :(

I still think it's great though :-bd (does that mean I might get arrested :-j )

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Sometimes it's just the same shit, but in a different language, and the sky is bluer!!! :lol:

(Of course other times it's wonderful!!!)

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The paperwork they generate here isn't one of France's plus points :(


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There are bound to be days/ weeks when it all seems mundane. I did get to the stage once or twice in Malaysia when I craved a drizzly 'English' kind of a day. Those palm trees and white sand beaches can get very samey ;)

I'm hoping for a few more blue skies at least in France.


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"The paperwork they generate here isn't one of France's plus points"

Aha Blaze - that's the proper name p-a-p-e-r-w-o-r-k, (sh*t for short!!!)

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Somebody has to keep the functionaires busy! Obreynne ;) :D

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:31 am 
I'm not sure where to put this, but I hope some might find it helpful. I struggle to remember how to write French numbers in words sometimes. This is a useful site that translates figures into words for British, French, Spanish and German cheques.

Eurocheques


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 Post subject: Re: Do's and Dont's of Living in France...
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It might seem a bit lame to some, but as a regular visitor to France and very limited French I have a French/English dictionary
on the table by me.

I very rarely need to use it but it shows intent.

O:-) :ymapplause:


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 Post subject: Re: Do's and Dont's of Living in France...
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Sorry this is what I should have said in the last post

It might seem a bit lame to some, but as a regular visitor to France and very limited French I have a French/English dictionary
on the table by me in Restaurants.

I very rarely need to use as the French waiter on seeing the book will invariably help it but it shows intent.

:AR!


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Don,t trust a joint Notaire for property purchases.

You pay the same set fee even if you appoint your own chosen notaire and the sales fees are split who ever you choose so in my experience one of your own will always work in your favour.

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Don't try to get near Ikea in Clermont even though it has now been a week since it opened, and it is a wednesday afternoon. You will find that the surrounding roads are completely blocked, and the car park full.

Also, don't trust the opening times on the websites of Indian restaurants in Clermont. You will drive there on days when they are advertised on their own websites as being open only to find them shut. If you have been dreaming of a good curry for months, this could just tip you over the edge.


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Don't try to get near Ikea in Clermont even though it has now been a week since it opened, and it is a wednesday afternoon. You will find that the surrounding roads are completely blocked, and the car park full.

Also, don't trust the opening times on the websites of Indian restaurants in Clermont. You will drive there on days when they are advertised on their own websites as being open only to find them shut. If you have been dreaming of a good curry for months, this could just tip you over the edge.


Oh dear! Bad week, Elstow?

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It could have been worse. We might have got into Ikea


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Elstow wrote:
It could have been worse. We might have got into Ikea

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Do expect to be treated like a thief in Geant. We went to do our shopping last Friday, and at the till the checkout woman asked to see inside our shopping bag. I showed her, in something like a state of shock, but fumed about it all the way home. I object to anyone questioning my honesty, and particularly any suggestion that I may be a thief. In the UK I would have told them that if they suspected me of theft, they could call the police, but otherwise they could get stuffed.

I noticed today (I hated having to go back, but it was that or have no Christmas dinner) that they have a sign saying that you will be asked to show your shopping bag to the cashier. Does french law give shops a right to do this?


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I always show my empty bags as I pass through the checkout - it's an easy habit to get into.

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Elstow, it's nothing to do with suspecting you of thieving, just a precaution !

Many shops/supermarkets now ask to see your shopping bags when you reach the till - it's easy enough to do without them having to ask ! There is so much shoplifting these days and it is at least one way of checking that nothing has been 'forgotten'. If I'm only buying a few things, I use my own shopping bag (one of those heavy duty supermarket things) instead of a supermarket basket, then empty it out at the till and show the cashier. Easy peasy :)


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This is similar to my topic of being asked if I was wearing new clothes when there's a beep at the checkout . It can put your back up.
As to shopping bags, I used to open the carrier before I went through checkout, and put it in the trolley, ready to load up. The cashier almost always looked over to see if it was empty.
So now I don't open the bag until I'm at the other side of the till.


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I've been asked to show my empty shopping bags when going through the till especially at Leclerc not so much Carrefour. I do it now as a matter of course. The operators are doing what management tell them too so I don't take it personally.

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It's a matter of habit with lots of folk. Certain supermarkets are more careful than others presumably because they suffer more shoplifting (e.g., intermarché). Profit margins are thin and staff costs are high, so cutting avoidable loss is understandable.

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I was in our local Intermarché last night and there was no-one at the tills. The one till girl had gone off on a fruitless hunt to look for sesame seeds for a client, leaving the front of house empty. I contemplated doing a runner with my 12- euros worth of shopping :lol:
I shared my knowledge of where to get sesame seeds, offered to get some at the market tomorrow & drop them off to the shopper (who'll be busy at her vineyard shop), and was thanked by the till girl for my patience and my honesty :ymblushing:
By which time there was quite a queue at the tills.

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Just recovered from our Christmas shop x_x , where I automatically showed the empty "bags for life" as I went through the till. The cashier didn't really look at them but we exchanged the usual niceties. I realised she was new, and by the end when I had a query she just started talking back to me in English, 'cos she was English! :-o She must have heard me conversing with my children. Now, you don't see many English working the tills in Intermarché! :-?

Anyhoo, point is, I just show empty bags as a matter of course - that's the kind of world we now live in. :-??

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Blimey, I have never been asked to show, here, or anywhere else in the world, and it has never occurred to me to show an unopened bag unasked. :)

I must have a really honest face :- :))

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Its not the showing of the bags that gets me but the checking to see if your cash is genuine that annoys me.Pay by card and nothing is said about a transaction pay by cash and you are treated as a thief by some scumbag checkout child.


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The "scumbag checkout child" is under orders to check for counterfeit banknotes. If I were running a shop, I too would take precautions to reduce the risk of being stung...by real scumbags.

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