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    Hello, I would appreciate it if someone could translate the following for me.


    Black magic

    Modern magical woman

    Take control of your power.

    Everyone has a dark side.

    Use it to your advantage.


    Thank you for any help.

    And Viv, I obviously do not speak French, but I think you mean pine cone. And we put a Christmas wreath on our doors over here.


    edit: Thanks so much, Tinn Tam

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    Tinn Tam
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    Viv:

    Extracted from Lexibase Pro - Collins:
    couronne
    nf crown
    [+de fleurs] wreath, circlet
    couronne (funéraire ou mortuaire): (funeral) wreath
    I'd go with wreath on this one.

    I recommend the Lexibase Pro - Collins, see if you can download it...

    Moonymaniac:

    Black magic -- Magie Noire

    Modern magical woman -- Magicienne moderne

    Take control of your power. -- Contrôle ton/votre pouvoir. (depends on who you're talking to. Use "ton" if whoever is talking is older/knows the character very well/is on first-name basis with them, etc. Use "votre" if they don't know each other or if they have too much respect for each other to be on first-name basis.)

    Everyone has a dark side. -- On a tous notre côté obscur.

    Use it to your advantage. -- Tire-s-en profit.

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    Actually, I saw wreath in my dictionnary, which is a Robert & Collins by the way, but I just wasn't sure if I could use it for the Christmas thing. And pine cone! That's it! (I should've thought about it, I wasn't really fast on this one... ) Thanks to both of you!

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    Voldie Schmitt
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    Could someone please translate "Little Mouse" or something to that extent for me? It's going to be My character's mother's Pet name for her, and her mother was born in france. I don't know much french at all (I can't take it in my school...we only have spanish. Yeah, very small school... ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voldie Schmitt
    Could someone please translate "Little Mouse" or something to that extent for me? It's going to be My character's mother's Pet name for her, and her mother was born in france. I don't know much french at all (I can't take it in my school...we only have spanish. Yeah, very small school... ).
    It would be "petite souris" for little mouse.

    Ha, at my schools French is mandatory- oh, Canada.

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    Voldie Schmitt
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    Quote Originally Posted by rachelprue
    It would be "petite souris" for little mouse.

    Ha, at my schools French is mandatory- oh, Canada.
    Thank-you very much! you were a very big help.

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    How would a teenage girl from Paris say "Bonjour" in slang?

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    Well, I would highly recommend confirmation of this from someone who actually speaks French (I speak French, but it is not my first language), but according to the Lexibase Collins French/English Dictionary:

    “Hé” is pretty much the equivalent of “Hey!”

    Perhaps, she would say, “Salut!” ("Hi!")

    Or maybe, “Ça va?” ("How's it going?")

    Again, I would have someone who speaks French confirm this…..hope I helped!

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    Vorona
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    Hmm... All those work, but if you want it to be specifically Parisian slang, I'd look for someone who actually knows Parisian slang - which I don't, either. Parisian slang is its own creature...

    One possibiltiy is that some parts of Parisian slang involve inverting words -- I saw a movie called "Les ripoux", which is an iversion of "Les pourris" or "the corrupted", so a possibility might be "Lusa" (salut) or "Jourbon" (bonjour) ... but again, this is not my expertise...

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    Wand_Waver2006
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    The informal greeting in French is 'Salut!' which is hello.

    Ca va is 'How are you?', just a shortened version of 'Comment ca va?' [ignore the accent marks. they don't work on my computer.]

    I would go with 'Salut', or try and find someone who can speak Parisian slang [I have a French lesson tomorrow, I'll try and ask] which, even though I speak Canadian French (which is slang in itself), I don't know.

    Hope my advice helps a little.

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