J and BBF’s Auzon Phrasebook for First and Second Homers

Like all good ideas on this blogsite, the present escapade originated from two different people and started out as two different ideas. BBF’s idea was for J to help her improve her French pronunciation by means of everyday French phrases.
J’s idea was to document typical French phrases, used by the people of Auzon. This would be intended to inform second homers and to provide material for his blogsite.
As a result of a high noon shoot out over a bok panache at the Table du Charbon, the following compromise was signed and settled.
BBF would get to practise her French pronunciation with J’s help; but using J’s Auzon phrases. It was also decided to add a version for first homers in English, to help bridge the language and cultural divide and make it all more inclusive. Other people could also contribute in the fullness of time, if the scheme got going. The phrases and their meaning would be posted on the blogsite.
The first (rather extended) phrase, selected by BBF and agreed by J is:

  1. ‘FAIRE PIPI SUR LE GAZON’ – a French young boys’ song Often sung when performing the associated actions. How do I know? Guess! Of course, the butterflies and the lady birds were far too fast for us…….

J’fais pipi sur le gazon

Pour embêter les coccinelles;

J’fais pipi sur le gazon

Pour embeter les papillons.

Pipi, gazon, papillons, coccinelles,

Pipi, gazon, coccinelles, papillons.


I pee on the grass

To annoy the ladybirds

I pee on the grass to annoy the butterflies

Pee, grass, butterflies, ladybirds,

Pee, grass, ladybirds, butterflies

BBF is making good progress with her pronunciation of these words. Of course, the repetitions help…….but unclear when she actually uses the phrases. I leave it to her to explain her selection…..

2. ‘A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

The meaning here essentially derives from the idea that birds in the wild are hard to catch. Think for a minute how difficult it would be to catch a crow or a seagull or even a robin, not to mention a buzzard or a swan. So, if you are lucky to have caught one bird (that is to say, the one ‘in the hand’), better that you hang on to it than have to catch another pesky bird…..

‘Un tiens vaut mieux que deux tu l’auras’

The meaning here derives from the present actual to the future ‘maybe’. Having anything now is better than having it in the future. Of course, it is understood that the future might never realise itself. A bit like tomorrow never comes (because, when it does, it is today……).

Pour nos amis et amies auvergnats – le sens ici dérive du présent actuel au futur ‘peut-être’. Il vaut mieux avoir quelque chose maintenant que de l’avoir dans le futur. Bien sûr, il est entendu que l’avenir pourrait ne jamais se réaliser. Un peu comme demain ne vient jamais (car, quand ça arrive, c’est aujourd’hui ……).

For BBF, payment of half a bill is better than a promise of paying the full bill later…..

The phrase is a good one to practise French vowels, not a lot by way of consonants….come on BBF, let’s hear you and nice and loud too…….

Becky at the Mic

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