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Offline Protege moi

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Re: French 101
« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2008, 11:30:38 AM »
Okay, so the complicated answer:

You're all correct.

Cher/ch?re = dear.

Ch?ri/ch?rie = darling, love.

As soon as you put mon/ma in front of it, you say "my," or you're giving it possession.  Your gentleman is correct that Ch?ri(e) is a noun and cher/ch?re is an adjective. 

"Darling, could you hand me my purse please?"  In this case, Darling represents your significant orther, and instead of naming them, you've given them a pet name.  So that does fall into the person/place/thing category.

I think the confusion comes from the fact that in English, "dear" is both an adjective and a noun. The French use it as an adjective when it comes to applying "cher" to people.   It is a quality of a person.  They are...highly valued, emotionally, to us.

So, "ma ch?re" when it all gets broken down and examined is technically translated into "the person[noun] whom is important [adjective(dear)] to me."

I hope that helps.

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Re: French 101
« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2008, 08:55:42 PM »
Thank you, Protege!! That helps, absolutely.

Now I won't be getting into some big hairy argument. :)

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Re: French 101
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2012, 11:44:49 PM »
Here's a great resource for Cajun French.  http://www.lsu.edu/frenchstudies --Click on "Cajun French."

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Re: French 101
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2012, 12:26:29 AM »
tried to fix the link, not quite sure whats up with it, but I think its them.  :) 

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Re: French 101
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2012, 12:50:00 AM »
Hmm...let me see if I can fix it. Thanks for the heads-up.
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Re: French 101
« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2012, 12:58:22 AM »
(Sorry about the double-post)

Okay, not sure why it did that, but as you can see, I just linked to the Department's main site. It's weird, because I have the Cajun French page bookmarked and it comes up fine.
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Re: French 101
« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2012, 01:00:01 AM »
*chuckles*, at least you got it to work.  I'm usually good at finding it but your solution worked much better.  Thanks.  :)

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Re: French 101
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2012, 01:12:58 AM »
Oh these Latin derivatives.  :)
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Re: French 101
« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2012, 06:41:56 AM »
Miss Misery, thanks for that! If I ever continue my Gambit story, I'll be sure to keep it in mind.
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Re: French 101
« Reply #24 on: December 26, 2021, 02:11:29 PM »
Quote from: Protege moi link=topic=1459. msg14093#msg14093 date=1202144220
I have no idea how many 'actual' Cajuns are in the Guild.   Though, we do boast quite a few Francophones.

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Born and raised.   I have cousins that speak French.  My father told me that he was not taught said his Grandmother would not allow it.  I've lost my accent moving around the US, But I take my cooking with me.  Now that my son is older thought about picking it up again. 

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Re: French 101
« Reply #25 on: December 26, 2021, 02:17:37 PM »
I like the language and dialects of French and Spanish. Fun languages. I went to Peru for a week and by the time the trip was over, wow, I could converse easily with the residents. It was great! Now, I just need a trip to France. LOL


Oh, I love New Orleans!! Been there and loved it. I have wonderful art of Jackson Square and a Casino Boat. Ate the most expensive egg ever ... (probably the booze that came with.)


Wonderful time, everyone should visit New Orleans.

Edit: And I know how to say Lake Pontchartrain.(ponch-a-train) Pretty Lake too.
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Re: French 101
« Reply #26 on: December 26, 2021, 03:00:24 PM »
Was supposed to be in New Orleans starting tomorrow and through to the New Year, but COVID put a stop to that. It would have been my fifth trip there. I think I mostly travel to eat at different restaurants and NO has lots to choose from. I'd convinced my daughter she wanted to go because that's where Princess Tiana is from and she could have as many beignets as she wanted. Oh well, maybe next year...

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Re: French 101
« Reply #27 on: December 26, 2021, 05:17:53 PM »
Make sure you tour the Garden dist.  Ann Rice had a house as well as Trent from NIN.  I have not been back for some time.  Riverwalk, Aquarium, and the zoo were the must-dos.  I still drink the same coffee from home.  Try CDM on Amazon same as the Cafe without the fancy bags  :) .   As a kid, we skipped school took the Ferry to the square.  My friend still is a bartender Never left NO but ended up in my area.  If your old enough pat's for a hurricane.  Or try a hand grenade.  The tours are fun.  There is so much history from the different cultures landing in one port.   

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Re: French 101
« Reply #28 on: December 27, 2021, 11:46:45 AM »
You're right, the Garden District is amazing. The Audubon Zoo is gorgeous, beautiful gardens before you even check out the Zoo.

Wow,  TheNYCajun - you reminded me of stuff I did there. I had so much fun.

I know people think malls are malls but ... the one on riverway (Mississippi) relaxing.

I went with my MIL and there was a sax player in the park, she would ask me if we could sit and listen, so of course we did. It was amazing.

Pat's Hurricane is a must. The expensive egg is Brennigans. LOL

I missed out on a couple of tours but I loved all the stuff I did there.
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