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Category Archives: French
A small anecdote to illustrate why one should stick to one’s language when arguing. Continue reading
What do you do when you find yourself a sort of captive audience next to your big boss for a couple of minutes? Be careful about the comments you make as smalltalk!
Wondering if our so-called progress is actually a blind march toward chaos an anarchy, I present a slightly disorganized line of thought in this short piece.
How to market sophistication, a la francaise! Newspaper column in Today on 5 Jan 2008.
Sophistication is a French invention. The French are masters when it comes to nurturing, and more importantly, selling sophistication. Think of some expensive (and therefore classy) brands. Chances are that more than half of the ones that spring to mind would be French. And the other half would be distinctly French sounding wannabes. [...] Continue reading
This repost was originally a column piece, published some time ago in a Singaporean newspaper, it is my favorite, my pride and joy. For that reason, I may have sent it to some of my readers before. Here is hoping that you would enjoy a repeat read… Continue reading
This is going to be my last post of a personal kind, I promise. This French eulogy was an email I received from my friend Stephane, talking about my father who was quite fond of him. Some day I will translate it and append the English version as well. It is hard to translate it right now, but the difficulty is not quite linguistic. Continue reading
The last of my French redactions to be blogged, this one wasn’t such a hit with the class. They expected a joke, but what they got was, well, this. It was written the day after I watched an air show on TV where the French were proudly showcasing their fighter technology. This one talks about how logical conclusions can be illogical. Continue reading
Another of my French “redactions,” this piece is a translation of a joke, which perhaps didn’t translate too well. I was told that the French version was in poor taste. Now, reading it again, I feel that the English version doesn’t fare much better. You be the judge! Continue reading
Another one of my early “redactions” describing a rich girl’s perspective of what poverty is all about. Enjoy! Continue reading
One of my “redactions” for my French courses. My fellow students and teacher loved it, hope you will too.
Les fermiers aux Etats Unis ont de la chance – ils ont de grandes fermes. Ce n’est pas le cas en Mexique. Mais, le Mexicain de qui je vais vous parler, etait assez content de sa ferme. Une fois, un fermier texan est venu chez notre Mexicain.[...] Continue reading