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The Bonjour effect : the secret codes of French conversation revealed

Author: Julie Barlow; Jean-Benoît Nadeau
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Jean-Benoit 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-Benoit 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  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julie Barlow; Jean-Benoît Nadeau
ISBN: 9781250051851 1250051851
OCLC Number: 907965749
Description: viii, 310 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
pt. one: Form. 1. I greet, therefore I am ; 2. Privacy rules ; 3. Finding the yes in non ; 4. Schools: the speech factory ; 5. The family factor ; 6. The art of conversation ; 7. Très talk --
pt. two: Content. 8. Food for talk ; 9. Know-it-alls ; 10. Down by nature ; 11. Fixation on French ; 12. English envy ; 13. Looking out for France ; 14. Economy of speech ; 15. Silent labor ; 16. Boys and girls ; 17. The poetry of politics ; 18. Proof of identity --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoit Nadeau.
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