I posted a film about things that people (OK, mostly Americans) shouldn’t do in France. Here’s one about stereotypes about the French, as explained in French. I have to say: they nailed it. Scroll down for some vocabulary, and then watch the video! (Good luck understanding these folks–reeeeally hard to follow, if you’re not a native speaker, but good practice.)
- parler fort: to speak loudly.
- impoli: rude, in the sense of “impolite.”
- vulgaire, grossier/grossière: rude, in the sense of “crude” or “vulgar.”
- rude: hard, tough, harsh; dreadful, unkind, coarse; or, in slang, “great.”
- pervers: perverse, wicked, grotesque; or, in the film, “pervy.”
- marinière: striped shirt, striped sweater, French sailor’s shirt.
- le truc: thing, thingy. (I can’t believe that this word has never come up before–it’s, like, the most French word ever, and they don’t teach it to us in school.)