Carmody's Log for French

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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Carmody » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:57 pm

Thanks so much for taking the time to list your suggestions; they sound really good.

Especially La Méditerranée et le Monde méditerranéen à l'époque de Philippe II by Fernand Braudel. I am a serious history buff and love Braudel but never thought of reading him in French.

Also Agota Kristof with his Le grand cahier, La preuve and Le troisième mensonge. He is totally new to me but sounds like something I could be really drawn to.

"Stark and haunting." - The San Francisco Chronicle; "A vision of considerable depth and complexity, a powerful portrait of the nobility and perversity of the human heart." - The Christian Science Monitor.


People wishing to learn more about Agot Kristor may wish to follow this link:
http://www.musicandliterature.org/features/2016/6/8/a-conversation-with-agota-kristof

MorkTheFiddle,
I am amazed by the breadth and depth of your reading and learning.
Your guidance is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby DaveAgain » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:09 am

Carmody wrote:I am from USA and I can only gain access to:

https://www.arte.tv/fr/
https://www.francetvinfo.fr/

I am doing so without any Proxy. I am sure people with Proxys can do much more.
I think TV5Monde offers the programmes they produce in-house without any location restrictions.

http://www.tv5monde.com/emissions/ (scroll down)

Of those, I sometimes watch "Version Fraçaise", which covers things related to design/fashion.
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Carmody » Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:30 am

Got it; many thanks.
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Carmody » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:03 pm

I have for the past 4.5 years been studying my French for about 3 hrs. each day. Just recently I took a 7 day hiatus. Am back now and find I still have remembered what I need to.

During my years of study I worried that if I stopped my comprehension and discipline would fall off a cliff. Am relieved to find that is not so.

:D
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Carmody » Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:06 am

Thanks so much for your support; it means a lot!
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Carmody » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:11 pm

I do a lot of reading of French literature every day and use as my dictionary
Larousse Concise French-English/English-French Dictionary (English and French Edition) (French) Revised, Updated ed. Edition
which has 260,000 words.
https://www.amazon.com/Larousse-Concise-French-English-English-French-Dictionary/dp/2035700027/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=9782035700025&qid=1563475784&s=books&sr=1-3

I have a Collins dictionery for backup but it is not practical to use it for word look ups on a daily basis as I read.

What does surprise me on a daily basis is how very many words in my books(see my Log for book lists) are not listed in this dictionary. Apparently the 260,000 words is not enough. As a last resort I go to Reverso on line if I really need a definition.

Oh, well..
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:21 am

Carmody wrote:I do a lot of reading of French literature every day and use as my dictionary
Larousse Concise French-English/English-French Dictionary (English and French Edition) (French) Revised, Updated ed. Edition
which has 260,000 words.
https://www.amazon.com/Larousse-Concise-French-English-English-French-Dictionary/dp/2035700027/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=9782035700025&qid=1563475784&s=books&sr=1-3

I have a Collins dictionery for backup but it is not practical to use it for word look ups on a daily basis as I read.

What does surprise me on a daily basis is how very many words in my books(see my Log for book lists) are not listed in this dictionary. Apparently the 260,000 words is not enough. As a last resort I go to Reverso on line if I really need a definition.

Oh, well..
This surprises me, too. I looked over some of the books you read, and all of them seem pretty mainstream. Occasionally I also run into a word not in any of my dictionaries, but it's almost always technical or historical.
I have a Petit Larousse and a Petit Robert, which are my references of last resort. Both are monolingual. My Oxford Hachette, which is bilingual, claims it has 360,000 words and phrases and 550,000 translations. It's pretty complete. When I'm at the computer, I find Word Reference usuful.
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Carmody » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:35 am

Many thanks for the feedback.
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:39 am

"usuful"? Maybe I should buy and English-English dictionary. :lol:
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Carmody » Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:06 pm

Not to worry... :) ;)

Just curious if you could you fill me in on the Oxford Hachette dictionary that you have?

There seem to be quite a few of them and I am not clear which one it is that you have..

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=oxford+hachette+french+dictionary&i=stripbooks&crid=3OBMZ1AQ9VEUW&sprefix=Oxford+Hachette%2C%2Caps%2C154&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_16

My Collins is too bulky for everyday look ups.

You referred to the types of books that I read and I thank you for checking up to see the titles. To my way of looking at it, they are all middle of the road standard French literature titles. Nothing technical or too historically anachronistic by way of time period.

Oh well.......
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