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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 02/07/2007
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Have you been taken to what you've been assured is the perfect house deep in the French countryside, only to find there's no electricity or running water? Gone to the doctor with a nasty cough, and been diagnosed with a rather more personal complaint? Walked into an half-empty restaurant, only to be told that it's complet? If the answer to any of the above is oui, Talk to the Snail is the book for you.Find out how to get served in a restaurant; the best way to deal with French hypochondria; learn the language of love, sex and suppositories (not necessarily in that order); it's all here in this funny, informative, seriously useful guide on how to get what you really want from the French. With advice on essential phrases and bons mots to cover all eventualities, and illustrated with witty real-life anecdotes, Talk to the Snail is a book that no self-respecting Francophile - or Francophobe - can afford to be without. Don't go to France without reading this book. And don't even think of buying a house there.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552773683
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 189 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 17 mm


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“Talk to the Snail”

A great read, full of very funny tongue in cheek one liners aimed at our French friends. I would suggest you read the author's other books! A Year in the Merde, Merde Actually and Merde Happen's, all very... More

Paperback edition
16th July 2008
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“Talk to the Snail”

I've taken this book to France with me on three occasions now,good to feel the authentic atmosphere all around as you read,laugh and actually learn extremely useful hints from how to order a coffee like a native... More

Paperback edition
29th May 2009
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