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A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi
A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi

A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi

The Ideal Guide to Sounding, Acting and Shrugging Like the French


288 Pages, 5 x 7

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95)

Publication Date: September 2009

ISBN 9780141041674

Rights: US

Penguin UK (Sep 2009)

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Vocabulary alone isn't enough. To survive in the most sophisticated—and the most scathing—nation on Earth, you will need to understand the many peculiarities of the (very peculiar) French culture. And for that you need A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi. If you want to fit in with the French you'll have to know how to deal with sardonic waiters; why French children hate Charlemagne; the etiquette of kissing, joke-telling, and drinking songs, what to do with a bidet, the correct recipe for a salade nicoise, and, of course, how to convey absolute, shattering indifference with a single syllable (Bof!). Charles Timoney, the author of Pardon My French, provides a practical, pleasurable guide to the charms of the Gallic people—from their daily routines to their peerless gesticulations, from their come-ons to their put-downs. Read on and put the oh la la back into your French vacances. Your inner gaul will thank you for it.

Author Biography

Charles Timoney and his French wife were both made redundant in the same week, and they decided to try living in France for a year or so. It proved much harder than expected. Charles' O level in French was little help when everyone around him consistently used a wide variety of impenetrable slang and persisted in the annoying habit of talking about things he had never heard of. But they stayed. He is the author of Pardon My French.