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Discussions on learning Spanish, English and other language issues. Occasionally, we may stray from language learning topics if there is something that catches my interest.

Friday, February 23, 2007

SLICE OF FRENCH CULTURE

(excerpted from Parlo.com's French For Food & Wine Lovers course)

"S'il vous plaît?"

There was a time in France when it was considered good manners to call the person who served drinks a "garçon de café". Hence the expression "garçon, s'il vous plaît..." But times have changed and manners have changed as well.

Today, the expression "garçon," which literally means "boy," is considered pejorative when applied to waiters. Using the word is now considered a sign of disrespect. These days, it is best to call the waiter with a simple hand motion or by "monsieur". Above all, do not snap your fingers. The same goes for the check - it is unnecessary to call out "l'addition s'il vous plaît". With a discreet hand gesture, mime a signature and the serveur (not the garçon) will understand right away.

 

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Free Language Courses - February

OK, I know it's late. 

But since it's free

We hope you'll see

And yes, agree

That late is better than never.

 

Once again, like ailing clockwork, Parlo.com gives 2 free language courses to the world.  This month we offer the Business English Basics course along with the Interactive Spanish 2 course.  Our usual terrific mix of

  • Audio files using native speakers in real life situations
  • Grammar instruction that makes sense
  • Vocabulary that you will find immediately useful
  • Cultural facts that help you understand the lives of people in other countries

Here's how to log on to these courses on www.parlo.com

Business English Basics

Email: bizbasic@parlo.com

Password:  parlo  (please don't change this - we will change it back)

Interactive Spanish 2

Email:  span2@parlo.com

Password:  parlo  (please don't change this - we will change it back)

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