French Phrases for Horrible People
From the site's description: "Most internet users are fully profficient(sic) in being obnoxious, but this is not much good if you can't do it in style. This is a web page designed to help you become more than "just another obnoxious nerd". It makes you distinctively obnoxious. People will remember you for years to come as a truly obnoxious person."
The website has great phrases such as, "I'd help you, but I don't like you," and, "Your children are very attractive. Are they adopted?"
This is useful, but I'm proud to say that I've never had to get rude in French. Actually it is one of few languages where I am polite in speaking. In English I am vulgar, have a slight Southern accent, and am kind of rude. My French teacher was the only one who ever made me apologize, so I often apologize in French now to people who don't speak the language.
My teacher felt that the things I said went beyond a "je suis desole" so I was to use a full on "je regrette," which infers that I am at fault and need to regret what I've done.
@ Duolingo staff: What about making the next bonus lesson out of such phrases? I've read the discussions about insults and swearing and being age-appropriate, but among those phrase I've found nothing I would juge as inappropriate for children that are old enough to learn a language by Duolingo (e.g. at least old enough to read and write quite well).
As the flirting lesson the things learnt wouldn't be of much use, but it would be a lot of fun to do it. And I would remember words much more easily when they appear in such sentences than in "normal" ones.
Real-life obnoxious exchange in Paris (happened to a friend of mine) :
A young woman on the first day of a year long french exchange asked very politely
"Excusez-moi monsieur, pouvez-vous me dire l'heure qu'il est?"
"Je n'ai pas acheté ma montre pour vous dire l'heure!"
Then he walked off. :)
Worth remembering though that there are obnoxious people all over the world. Most of the french I have encountered over the years are polite and friendly (just more reserved than we are in Australia)
I'm a horrible person, and I deeply appreciate this invaluable new resource. Much better than any phrasebook I have previously encountered. Well, apart from this one: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=lingua+latina+occasionibus+omnibus