Need French Translation

Old Feb 14th, 2003, 04:15 PM
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Need French Translation

We received confirmation (en francais) for a hotel room with twin beds and would like to request a double or queen. What is the idiomatic language to use? Thanks!
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Old Feb 14th, 2003, 04:22 PM
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Ask for "un grand lit, s'il vous plait" (a big bed, please).

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Old Feb 14th, 2003, 06:37 PM
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or un grand lit pour deux personnes (one big bed for two people). Also be aware it's common for hotels to put 2 beds together to make a king.
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Old Feb 15th, 2003, 07:12 AM
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I think you had better get very specific, that's what I do. "grand lit" for French hotels usually means a double bed, and if that is acceptable to you, might work. Many hotels seem to use franglais for queen/king (ie, "queen" or "king").

I'd be specific and ask for sizes: 140 cm is a double, 160 cm is a queen, 180 cm is a king-size bed very close to the exact sizes common in the US. I've also seen hotels put together two twins and call it a queen/king or whatever (although more in other countries than France). Just say you want a "grand lit" of 140 or 160 cm. A lot of hotels don't have queen-size beds (160 cm), however.
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Old Feb 15th, 2003, 07:14 AM
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For any future correspondence, try:
http://babelfish.altavista.com/

online translation tool - not 100% accurate - it translates literally rather than figuratively, but the other side will understand your message.
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Old Feb 15th, 2003, 08:54 AM
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try www.wordreference.com--as a language teacher i find it more useful than babelfish
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Old Feb 15th, 2003, 09:35 AM
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Thank you one and all! Whenever I use those online translation sites the results are less than satisfactory. (I actually speak enough French to know how much the auto-translator has mangled my words.) And fodorites will give me idiomatic language as actually spoken -- this site is such a great resource!
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Old Feb 15th, 2003, 12:56 PM
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Hi Marilyn,
I suppose the first thing to do is try English.In my experience every French Hotel has English speakers.
Of course you need to get the arrangements right so don't rely on a language if you don't understand it and don't have to.
Au revoir

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