Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Learning a new language...

I signed up with an Auto Ecole and started to read the booklet with all the details of le code de la route.

It was quickly evident that part of learning how to drive in France was the experience of learning a whole new language.  My thinking I had a fairly solid pre-intermediate level French comprehension ability proved incorrect.  I encountered many of the words and phrases commonly used in negotiating the highways and byways of this country and none of them were yet part of my lexicon.

To properly illustrate what I was up against, here's my vocabulary list.  I leave translation to the reader.  Good luck.

a jeun
trajet
perime
non-perime
decalee
obtemperer
baliser
defaillance
entraver
orteu
encrasser
repandu
debrayant
idem
antidemarrage
ses abords
redevable
fair le loup
eprouver
solliciter
amende
dossier
PV
PTAC
PTRA
essieu
cric
entrainer
autocollant
agree
prealable
contravention
un delit
depistage
emprise
delite de fuite
cocher
eboulement
dans les cadre
degat
essieuy
rocade
itineraire
dechetterie
boue
musoir
creneau de depassement
entretien
affectation
controler
pontuel(le)
riverain(e)
patiner
derapage
eclabousser
fondant
ornlere
salage
degivrer
dispositif
s'averer
itineraire
deviation
panneau
allure
ceder
clignotant
depasser
pedagogique
passages a niveau
une mis en fouriere
balises
retrecir
tractant
atteler
agglomerations
debouche
encombree
creneau
reperage
peage
faucher
reculer
accotement
covoiturage
raccourcir
verbaliser
eloigner
facultatif
jalonner
heurter
decliviter
gener
pare-brise

Easy Peezy, right?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Christopher,
    I saw an ad about you in the Alliance newsletter. Could we talk off-line? kris.babbs@gmail.com

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