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fourth trip to paris and still don't speak french!

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Jan 3rd, 2008, 03:26 PM
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Yeah, those German looking people are treated so bad, it's a shame...
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Jan 3rd, 2008, 08:00 PM
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Plambers,

Start your statement with 'je voudriez une belle vin rouge[blanc]" (I would like a nice red [white] wine). Much more proper and forgives a world of insults to la langue français [the French tongue].

That typed, you'd say "Jse [pronounce it like you'd pronounce Zsazsa Gabor's name if the vowel had been an "e" instead of an "a"] voodreeay oon bell vaan blonc rooje/blawnc.

That should open the door inasmuch as you've made the attempt. The attempt is the most important part inasmuch as the message it communicates is that 'I'm in your country and am trying not to butcher your language [too much ]
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Jan 4th, 2008, 07:30 AM
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>I do think it often is a way to put you down, ...

But in such a French sort of way.
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Jan 4th, 2008, 08:17 AM
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Hello Knickerbocker--

Although it might not sound very different to our/my Anglo-tuned ears, I think the verb form you want to suggest is

"Je voudrais . . ." (=zhuh voodray),

the first person, singular, conditional of vouloir, meaning "I would (politely) like . . "
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