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The Bonjour Effect - The Secret Codes of French Conversation Revealed

Author: Barlow, Julie
Nadeau, Jean-Benoit

Publisher: St. Martin's Press


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The Bonjour Effect - The Secret Codes of French Conversation Revealed : Jean-Benoí®t Nadeau and Julie Barlow spent a decade traveling back and forth to Paris as well as living there. Yet one important lesson never seemed to sink in: how to communicate comfortably with the French, even when you speak their language. In The Bonjour Effect Jean-Benoí®t and Julie chronicle the lessons they learned after they returned to France to live, for a year, with their twin daughters. They offer up all the lessons they learned and explain, in a book as fizzy as a bottle of the finest French champagne, the most important aspect of all: the French don't communicate, they converse. <br /><br />To understand and speak French well, one must understand that French conversation runs on a set of rules that go to the heart of French culture. Why do the French like talking about "the decline of France"? Why does broaching a subject like money end all discussion? Why do the French become so aroused debating the merits and qualities of their own language? <br /><br />Through encounters with school principals, city hall civil servants, gas company employees, old friends and business acquaintances, Julie and Jean-Benoí®t explain why, culturally and historically, conversation with the French is not about communicating or being nice. It's about being interesting. After reading The Bonjour Effect, even readers with a modicum of French language ability will be able to hold their own the next time they step into a bistro on the Left Bank.

Category   Subject
Social Science   Anthropology
Language Arts & Disciplines   Study & Teaching

ISBN 13:9781250051851
ISBN 10:1250051851
Size:8.54" l x 5.80" w x 1.18" h
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