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This particular word "parcours" is really a pain in the behind for me. I looked up the meaning in the dictionary couple of times, then I forgot what it means. And now I heard it over the radio and still don't get it so it is really getting me down. ( Parcourir )
Will some kind souls out there do me a favour, give me sentence that is funny so that I can remember it. When you read something funny you usually remember it better. ( J'espere que je ne pas trop de demander" - I hope I am not asking too much (have i got it right i wonder).
Here's a joke in english, ' An elderly english lady went to a shoe shop to buy a pair of shoes, she tried on the shoe and said to the shop assistant, " It is too tight" And the shop assistant said " You have got the tongue inside, you need to stick the tongue out". And the elderly lady looking at the shop assistant, said "You mean like this", and stick her tongue out.
There is 2 meanings (not very distant) for this word :
- it can be a journey, a course. You can think of a training course (parcours du combatant)
- it can refer to a carreer : parcours scolaire (school carreer), parcours politique (political carreer)
Funny joke but not works in French. The shoe tongue is languette
Ok Erwan, thank so much for your reply. So I try to remember, a journey, a course , a career.
I hope this time it will stick.
I didn't know 'Languette" is tongue of shoe in french. Quite interesting word. Once again thank you
"Parcourir" has another signification : it can mean to read and look to something quickly. You can say "Parcourir un livre".
In most cases, the general idea between "Parcourir" is, I think, to go through something, whereas a challenge (Parcours du combattant), a carreer or a book.
Merci Lonnie et Lauris, I will try to be more aware ot this word when I come across it in my reading: sometimes we don't pay enough attention so we don't remember them.
This is an amazingly good website, with lots of people helping you out . Good job you are doing .
I just came across this entry. I went over the word with a French Canadian and these examples help me understand it.
You can add :
To browse through a book : parcourir un livre