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gâteau / cake

I recently noticed that the French use "cake" to mean fruit cake (Cassell's dictionary and others). But I've also seen it used in cake au t…

Started by Dwayne Roberts

6 Jun 5, 2020
Reply by Dwayne Roberts

How do you type French characters (English keyboard)

Hello, I am an English guy. I a have a personal project that involves me typing quite a few French paragraphs with an English Microsoft Wor…

Started by Digby Green

6 May 20, 2017
Reply by Digby Green

Sharp Cheese

My dictionary hasn't been very helpful.  I want to describe a cheddar as "sharp".  I see an entry "âcre", but I doubt that's what I'm looki…

Started by Dwayne Roberts

2 Dec 15, 2016
Reply by Dwayne Roberts

Plume de radis

What's the English translation of "Plume de radis?"  It's a song by "The Singing Nun", but I've searched everywhere and can't find a meanin…

Started by Annette Gates

5 Oct 4, 2016
Reply by Annette Gates


This interrogator wonders whether the translation of the English word "illeism" is "l'illeisme".  He has done multiple searches of online a…

Started by Dwayne Roberts

7 May 17, 2016
Reply by Stevo


I'm at a loss yet again.  I've come across a word I don't find a translation for.  It could well be Canadien. bouculé It's in the express…

Started by Dwayne Roberts

5 May 14, 2015
Reply by Vedas

Futur or avenir?

I was just about to write "le futur de l'atelier" (concerning a workshop which is likely to be closed) when I had a moment's hesitation and…

Started by Jean Dervin

2 May 5, 2015
Reply by Grégory


When the French word"vite" is used as an adverb, the pronounciation is different from that of its adjective form.Will you please write  for…

Started by Nurhussen Mohamedsalih Nuru

4 Apr 17, 2015
Reply by Nurhussen Mohamedsalih Nuru

Help with a Valentine's Day note.

I would like to add a note in a Valentine's Day card to a friend and would like to say "my pretty nurse" or "my lovely nurse" in French. Si…

Started by Dave Hanes

2 Feb 14, 2015
Reply by Vedas


It is nowadays common, in English, to use the expression "I was diagnosed with [cancer or whatever]".  It is inelegant, because it is the d…

Started by Jean Dervin

19 Jan 23, 2015
Reply by Sandra


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