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Je Pratique Mon Français!

Avec la traduction de mon livre On the Game (Poupée en français), j'ai besoin de pratiquer mon francais! J'ai aussi besoin de trouver la petite queue pour le "ç" en "français"!! Ou es-tu? (Merci, Gaétane, pour le bon avis -- thanks to you, I found it!)

I'll translate now for my English-only readers: With the French translation of my book On the Game just out, I need to practice my French. I speak French fluently, but my spelling is well... not so fantastique. And I can't find the little "tail" that goes on the letter "c" in some French words. (I did find it, thanks to blog reader Gaétane: ççççç !)

Aujourd'hui j'ai appris que Sophie Gagnon, comme moi, un professeur ici a Montreal, a écrit une critique de mon livre Poupée sur son site web qui s'appelle sophielit.ca

I learned today that Sophie Gagnon, who is, like me, a teacher here in Montreal, has posted a review of Poupée on her website, sophielit.com

And it's a very nice review if I say so myself (check it out by clicking on one of the links in the previous two paragraphs)!

I'm especially pleased that Sophie thinks I did a good job of showing how an ordinary girl could get caught in the web of juvenile prostitution. Though the book is based on research and interviews I did, writing it also let me explore some of the tangled situations I got into when I was a teenager. So... if you're a teenager reading this... and your life feels a little tangled... just think: you can mine these feelings and experiences for your own stories. Now get writing!!

Merci Sophie. Thanks Sophie. Perhaps we'll get to meet in the real world -- and not just in cyberspace!!

Hey readers whose written French is better than mine, send me any corrections! One's never too old to be corrected -- even at age 50!!!

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Guest - Gaëtane Gagné on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 21:38

Hi Monique,

First I want to thank you for coming to our classroom yesterday. It's an experience I will remember forever.

As for your quest for that special French "ç" (and other special characters), there are two tricks I often use instead of switching my whole keyboard to French:

1) for the "ç", using the ASCII codes, press "ALT" + "135" from the 'NumLock' keys - but you need the full keyboard with the number keypad on the right (something not available when using a small laptop). I also shortcut many of the other French characters - you can refer to the Extended ASCII Codes on this site http://www.asciitable.com/

2) in Word, you can click on the "Insert" menu tab, then "Symbols" (located at the far right of the Insert menu in Word 2007) - font should be set to "normal text" and subset to "Latin-1 Supplement" - then select the character you need and click "Insert". Voilà!

I know there's a way to get a map of your keyboard but really can't remember how... meanwhile, I hope the tricks above will help )

Regards,
GG

Hi Monique, First I want to thank you for coming to our classroom yesterday. It's an experience I will remember forever. As for your quest for that special French "ç" (and other special characters), there are two tricks I often use instead of switching my whole keyboard to French: 1) for the "ç", using the ASCII codes, press "ALT" + "135" from the 'NumLock' keys - but you need the full keyboard with the number keypad on the right (something not available when using a small laptop). I also shortcut many of the other French characters - you can refer to the Extended ASCII Codes on this site http://www.asciitable.com/ 2) in Word, you can click on the "Insert" menu tab, then "Symbols" (located at the far right of the Insert menu in Word 2007) - font should be set to "normal text" and subset to "Latin-1 Supplement" - then select the character you need and click "Insert". Voilà! I know there's a way to get a map of your keyboard but really can't remember how... meanwhile, I hope the tricks above will help :o) Regards, GG
Guest - Monique on Friday, 01 April 2011 14:20

Hi GG!
Thanks for the tips on using French characters. I am going to test them out now. And thanks for sending me the pic. As you can see, it's posted. Bonne fin de semaine et encore, merci! Monique

Hi GG! Thanks for the tips on using French characters. I am going to test them out now. And thanks for sending me the pic. As you can see, it's posted. Bonne fin de semaine et encore, merci! Monique
Guest - Gaetane on Thursday, 14 April 2011 12:13

Glad I could help!

Glad I could help!
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