Talk to the Snail Ten Commandments for Understanding the French

ISBN-10: 1596913096

ISBN-13: 9781596913097

Edition: 2007

Authors: Stephen Clarke

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Have you ever walked into a half-empty Parisian restaurant, only to be told that it's "complet"? Attempted to say "merci beaucoup" and accidentally complimented someone's physique? Been overlooked at the "boulangerie "due to your adherence to the bizarre foreign custom of waiting in line? Well, you're not alone. The internationally bestselling author of "A Year in the Merde "and "In the Merde for Love "has been there too, and he is here to help. In "Talk to the Snail," Stephen Clarke distills the fruits of years spent in the French trenches into a truly handy (and hilarious) book of advice. Read this book, and find out how to get good service from the grumpiest waiter; be exquisitely polite and brutally rude at the same time; and employ the language of "l'amour "and "le sexe," Everything you need is here in this funny, informative, and seriously useful guide to getting what you really want from the French.
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 1/2/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550

In 2004, Stephen Clarke, a British journalist, published A Year in the Merde, an almost-true account of what may or may not have happened to him in the ten previous years he'd lived in France. He originally published the novel in an edition of 200 copies, with the intention of selling them through his website, or giving them to his friends. However, following a reading in a Canadian bookshop in Paris and a write-up in a French newspaper, the book became a word-of-mouth bestseller, and was published around the world. To date it has sold over a million copies worldwide. Originally self-published in 2003, A Short History of the Future is Clarke's first novel. He has since gone on to write three more Merde novels, and three non-fiction books, including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, 1000 Years of Annoying the French. He lives in Paris, where he divides his time between writing and not writing.

Thou shalt be wrong (if you're not French) : why every Frenchman is 'Monsieur Right'
Thou shalt not work : why long weekends are good for the French economy
Thou shalt eat : just because it smells of pig's droppings doesn't mean it'll taste like them
Thou shalt be ill : getting the best out of the French national drug habit
Thou shalt speak French : fun ways to mispronounce words and offend people
Thou shalt not sing (in tune, anyway) : a French artiste says : 'pretentious, moi?'
Thou shalt not know : don't mention the war, nuclear power, tax or structural surveys
Thou shalt not love thy neighbour : Oui, I am smoking into your dinner, et alors?
Thou shalt not be served : Garcon? : waiter? : Bonjour? : oh, forget it
Thou shalt be polite (and simultaneously rude) Bonjour, Madame, vous etes une idiote
Thou shalt say 'I love you' : the perils of French-style amour
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