... in which Emma talks about some things and some of them are French.
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For those of you who couldn't hear or read the words I mentioned all that well, here they are in order of appearance!
• EMBOUTEILLAGE (am-boo-tay-ahj)
Traffic jam. My favourite word. Literally translates as "bottleneck". BOUTEILLE (boo-tay) means bottle!
• CHAMPIGNON (shom-pin-yon)
Mushroom. Always read it as 'champion' growing up, and hating mushrooms, this made pre-pubescent Emma very angry. Adult Emma loves mushrooms, so she's less bitter about it now.
• PAMPLEMOUSSE (pomp-leh-moose)
Grapefruit. I hate grapefruit. Even more than I hate bananas. There's a lot my therapist doesn't know about.
• GRENOUILLE (gron-wee)
Frog. Never had frog's legs, despite being very interested in the French culture. I have had snails, though.
• ENNUI (on-wee)
Boredom. More specifically, it's defined as "a feeling of complete and utter dissatisfaction". Borrowed from the French 'ennui'. Devastatingly original.
• ANDOUILLE (on-dwee)
A type of sausage made from pig's intestine. Also used, to quote my French teacher, to call someone a "muppet", basically.
• PARAPLUIE (para-ploo-wee)
Umbrella. IL PLEUT (ill pluh) means "it's raining", so you can kind of see the similarities.
• PÉTER (peh-tair)
To fart, to blow or in some cases, to break. All informal. I've never been able to look at Peter in the same way since.
• COMME CI, COMME ÇA (com see, com sah)
So-so. Literally translates to "like this, like that". Annoyingly, the font I used doesn't support the little squiggly line that goes appears in ça - don't forget that, it's very important. You'd use this in everyday conversation if you were feeling pretty "ehh".
• ZIN-ZIN (zahn-zah)
Crazy, loopy, nutty, bonkers, etc. Slang. Not much emphasis on the 'n' because the French language is cool like that.
• ŒUF (erhf)
Egg. The Siamese 'oe' symbol is kind of cool, albeit a pain to type. I do also genuinely recommend Duolingo to anyone looking to study more languages, it's amazing.
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