Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Your husband is what!???
I take French lessons at the Alliance Francaise in Providence. My last assignment was to write a paragraph about my best friend. I told the teacher:
"Mon meilleur ami est Steve, il est aussi mon mari.
(My best friend is Steve, he is also my husband.)
"Il est grand, avec les yeux verts et les cheveux
(He is tall with green eyes and grey hair...)
My teacher (Claire) was enthusiastic and nodding her approval...
"Il est un photographe de journal"
(He is a newspaper photographer.)
"Il aime les automobiles ancien, et J'aiment des marches aux puces."
He loves antique automobiles and I love flea markets"
I was doing so well, my accent was flawless...my hours of study were surely paying off.
In my enthusiasm I decided to "wing it" for the last sentance and, since my husband is very good looking, tell her he was "hot" as we say in America...
Il est chaud! I said proudly.
Really? said the teacher, laughing...
Apparently one country's "hot" is another country's "horny."