Wicked French for the Traveler
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Wicked French for the Traveler

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by Howard Tomb, Jared Lee, Jared Lee
     
 

Any French language guide can teach you a simple phrase like J'ai faim! ("I'm starving!") But only Wicked French will give you the edge on a snooty Parisian waiter: Garcon! N'avez-vous pas de glacons pour le vin? ("Boy! Don't you have any ice cubes for the wine?")

While humiliated tourists mispronounce "This wine is good" (Ce vin est bon),

Overview

Any French language guide can teach you a simple phrase like J'ai faim! ("I'm starving!") But only Wicked French will give you the edge on a snooty Parisian waiter: Garcon! N'avez-vous pas de glacons pour le vin? ("Boy! Don't you have any ice cubes for the wine?")

While humiliated tourists mispronounce "This wine is good" (Ce vin est bon), you'll handle the French impressively with expressions like "The Haut-Medoc tries to tickle but pinches instead." (Ce Haut-Medoc essaye de chatouiller mais il pince.) Make new friends by knowing the only compliment a Frenchman wants to hear: Vous etes les gens les plus intelligents du monde. (You are the most intelligent people on earth.") With quick-to-find practical tips throughout, Wicked French gives even the first-time visitor the confidence to keep his nose held high. 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780894806162
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1989
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
420,409
Product dimensions:
3.90(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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WELCOME TO FRANCE

French people believe that they invented Western civilization. In fact, many of them doubt that cultural refinement has ever spread beyond the borders of the beau pays.

They may be right, but that's no reason to be intimidated by everyone and everything French. We do not have to feel inferior to French toddlers, French pig farmers, or French cats and dogs, for example.

Granted, they all may be able to tell a Burgundy from a Bordeaux. They may have a firm grasp of the subjective tense. They may know Jacques Cousteau personally. But we play better basketball. Our mountains are bigger than theirs. And we saved them from the Germans.

This book is intended to help transform readers into complete travelers, capable of subtle understanding, intelligent discourse, and effective verbal assault.

Bonne chance.

Meet the Author

Howard Tomb is the author of the Wicked Travel books. He also writes for the Sunday Travel Section of the New York Times.

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Wicked French for the Traveler 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is NOT a book that helps someone understand French. It teaches the reader how to say insulting phrases. BN should move this out of the French translation grouping and into the jokebook section.
CeeCeeDee More than 1 year ago
I have given many copies of this book (as well as Wicked Italian) to friends who were either getting ready to travel to France or who had recently finished a traditional academic course. It lightens up either experience and has always been a hit. I do advise recipients not to be too quick to put these phrases to work in France - no need to jeopardize international relations by insulting your host country but it's therapeutic to imagine coming out with some of the more outrageous one-liners. For a beginning or intermediate student of French, Wicked French provides witty and diverse slang words that probably aren't in the textbook. The pictures are very funny too. It's a small and portable book so you can tuck it into purse or backpack.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book, the perfect marriage between humor, attitude, and the French Language. I would recommend this book to anyone who has the slightest interest in learning French, because once you read it you will want to keep learning more. Also, I must say I've found this book to be very useful, and I have no doubt that all the other "Wicked" books are just as good. I'm getting a copy of this book for a friend, "Wicked German" for my cousin, and maybe all the rest for myself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just recently bought this book at one of your stores, and I must say, it's one of the funniest book of phrases that I've seen in a while. My friends all think that learning french is 'cool' now, just because of this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This handy book is great for the french student who is looking for a little spice in their vocabulary! With 'handy' phrases such as 'Vous etes une super nana.' (You are one fabulous babe.), this book is a keeper. Divided into situations that a traveller may encounter, such as the subway or rude waiters, this book handles a plethora of situations with sharp comebacks and liners. While this is not a comprehensive dictionary, it is useful and even includes a phonetic guide for the best pronounciation of the phrases. This book is a must have for any student or lover of French who enjoys a laugh or two while learning some witty phrases.