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(Reuters)   University backs down, agrees to let blind student command his guide dog in French. Votre chien veut le bifteck   ( divider line
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2004-07-08 11:31:08 AM  
Mishka: You're right about Mont Royal! What a fun place to be on a weekend. Those tam tam people are just a buncha crazy hippies really.
2004-07-08 11:32:19 AM  
My grandfather spoke to his dog in german. I think most dogs understand it better then english for some reason.

English is a Germanic language, it makes sense

Weird though, since I find German pretty cumbersome at times. "Lie down!" literally means "Leg dich hin!". Und so weiter...
2004-07-08 11:33:21 AM  
Why does the guid dog hate America?
2004-07-08 11:33:32 AM  

Marbles is obviously using it because his grammar is FUBAR

True... the only French I know is menage a trois, and I'm not exactly sure what it is, or even how to achieve it.
2004-07-08 11:33:56 AM  
Perhaps because some Americans have trouble spelling the word "guide".
2004-07-08 11:34:39 AM  
Marbles, I seriously hope you are joking, and I'm sure you know...

Voulez-Vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
2004-07-08 11:36:23 AM  

It's all about the love at the tam tams, nobody picks on anyone, everyone gets along, so you're right it's very hippy;) I love it
2004-07-08 11:37:08 AM  
At least we know they won't be ordering quiche, crepes or croissants during class. No champagne or Perrier to celebrate at the end of class either.
2004-07-08 11:37:23 AM  
Heh... I can say the following (NOTE: "Say," not necessarily "spell"):

Je voudrais un petit picher de vin rouge. (I'd like a small carafe of red wine.)
Sez cent soixante-quattre (1664, French beer -- yeah, I know ;)
Quest-ce que tu fumes? (What are you smoking?)

Not like I'm proud of it or anything. :)
2004-07-08 11:38:05 AM  

Voulez-Vous coucher avec moi ce soir?

that's french!? I thought that those were Patti Labelle lyrics...
2004-07-08 11:41:50 AM  
Marbles12078 - True... the only French I know is menage a trois, and I'm not exactly sure what it is, or even how to achieve it.

I know what it is, still havent acheived it.:(
2004-07-08 11:42:06 AM  

you're right about your spelling;)
2004-07-08 11:42:08 AM  
That was a stupid thing to do in the first place.

"hey you, you can't speak your first language here! I don't care if you're blind and you're dog only understands french!"

They must've said what they did outloud and realized how retarded it was.
2004-07-08 11:42:20 AM  
Ca peut parraitre comique comme ca mais il faut pas penser que le Canada est stupide comme l'Universite mentionne dans l'article. La plupart du temps, au Quebec, comme au Canada, tout le monde fait beaucoup d'efforts pour essayer de comprendre l'interlocuteur, qu'ils soient francais, japonnais, grec ou finlandais. La multi-culture du Canada l'exige.

I hope that clears everything up!
2004-07-08 11:44:18 AM  
I can spell pretty well in English, but I have never, ever been able to comprehend French spelling rules (assuming there even are any!). Plus, I took on German and Spanish, instead. ;)
2004-07-08 11:46:07 AM  

i do know what it is, but i haven't achieved it. was merely a comedic point... i guess I could have said souffle as well. I know they are harder to achieve than a menage a trois (i'm 67% of the way there already!) but souffles for me turn into nasty omelettes.
2004-07-08 11:47:22 AM  
bon point philux,

We don't melt people together in Canada, we celebrate each other's cultures.

This incident happened specifically because you go to English immersion to speak nothing but, and if you start speaking French, it defeats the whole purpose. If the dog doesn't want to learn English though, I guess you can't force them too;)
2004-07-08 11:49:10 AM  

No hating here, I think it's cool that you know that much, and that you're trilingual, tres sexy;)
2004-07-08 11:50:47 AM  
Philux: "La plupart du temps, au Quebec, comme au Canada..."

Ca c'est drole. Je crois que le Quebec et le Canada est la meme chose.

--sorry if my grammar is messed up. Damn French verbs fark with me.
2004-07-08 11:52:58 AM  
Les chiens franais sont trs frais compars leurs propritaires franais.
2004-07-08 11:53:24 AM  
Am I learning any swear words with that french??? :)

/ flunked out of french with a teacher that taught that total immersion crap! i'm still trying to figure out if kisskasee (sounding it, not spelling it) means sit down or something else 25 years later.
2004-07-08 11:56:00 AM  
cinamin:- Qu'est-ce que c'est

It means "What is it?"
2004-07-08 11:56:31 AM  
Cinamin...what words do you wanna know :)

Tapette: Homosexual
Fouer: F#ck
merde: poo

The rest I can think of don't really translate very well. Like Tabernacle and Caulice(probly spelled wrong)
2004-07-08 11:56:58 AM  
Why couldn't he command the dog in French in the first place? *confused*
2004-07-08 11:57:35 AM  
Su perro quiere un bistec.

Had to do it... so there ;-)
2004-07-08 11:58:55 AM  

it took you explaining Fouer for me to get that you told me to fark myself before...

/told you i didn't know squat about French.
2004-07-08 11:59:51 AM  
Qu'est qu'on dit "Fark" en francais?
2004-07-08 11:59:54 AM  
Oh, now i see. That was just stupid. =)
Raus, hund! Raus! Scheisse! Schnell!
2004-07-08 12:01:34 PM  
True... the only French I know is menage a trois, and I'm not exactly sure what it is,

deux filles en meme temps, mon ami

or even how to achieve it.

Si vous aviez million de dollars que vous pourriez faire qui se produisent, parce que les filles creusent un type avec de l'argent.

/grce Babelfish
2004-07-08 12:05:23 PM  

si j'avais d'l'achat million de dollars I'd une toilette actionne par fuse ou une lesbienne a enduit en lard...
2004-07-08 12:05:53 PM  
Marbles: No worries. I just told you to fark yourself to see if you really understood french.
2004-07-08 12:06:01 PM  
one can only dream...
2004-07-08 12:06:24 PM  
Hehehehe thanks jay_vee! Goes to show you how well that method of teaching works for me at least. To this day I see that teacher around town, its the reason I want to learn the swear words. :P
2004-07-08 12:12:27 PM  
cinamin:- Our French teaching was crap too. It largely focussed on written French in artificial situations. I need to know things like how to complain my light doesn't work, what is French for "hangover cure", and whether what I'm ordering contains animal testicles. I don't need to know whether Michel's father has a blue car.
2004-07-08 12:12:39 PM  
Yah... My lab responds to French commands.

(Labrador Retrievers were bred in Canada, right? So they're probably bi-lingual anyway...)
2004-07-08 12:14:16 PM  
For those of you who don't know...

un million is actually 1,000,000,000 or a billion in English
2004-07-08 12:18:04 PM  
It's like German... the word "Billion" in German means trillion (1,000,000,000,000) in English. A billion (1,000,000,000) is "Milliarde". They probably "borrowed" half the words from the French, anyway. But million is "Million". Weird.
2004-07-08 12:19:25 PM  
Kopegin biftek istiyormus

While we're on the cliche-train (Turkish).
2004-07-08 12:19:31 PM  
Mishka: no it's not.

mille = 1000
million = 1 000 000
milliard = 1 000 000 000
2004-07-08 12:21:03 PM  
Labrador Retrievers were bred in Labrador, which is part of Newfoundland & Labrador. However as Newfoundland is an island and Labrador borders on Quebec, Quebec has suggested that Labrador should actually be part of their province. French isn't even an official language in Labrador and most people don't speak it, unless they live close to the Quebec border.

Anyone care for some more useless information?

I won't be able to give it as I have to go to work soon, in a call centre in Montreal that is closing after 15 years. The announcement was just made two days ago, apparently our centre doesn't fit into the bank's "business plan." So, I'm being forced to move to Toronto if I still want to work for the bank, and I just moved here from Halifax four months ago! Ain't life grand;)
2004-07-08 12:23:53 PM  
Red_Fox, we were taught...

milliard is a trillion or 1,000,000,000,000
million is a billion or 1,000,000,000
millier is a million or 1,000,000
mille is a thousand or 1,000

Should I tell my French teacher to go Fark herself?
2004-07-08 12:26:00 PM  
Mishka: Yes I think so. I'm pretty sure about that. I haven't been certified as bilingual English/French for about 8 years. Someone please straighten this out?
2004-07-08 12:28:22 PM  
Thats just it, jay_vee, rather than changing her teaching method so I could understand what was being asked of me, she was content to let me struggle and give me an f. I really wanted to learn as my grandparents were going to take me to Europe once I graduated, well, before my parents got divorced that is.
2004-07-08 12:32:24 PM  
Mishka: I have confirmation. You can tell your teacher she's a dumbass.

trillion is trillion
billion is milliard
million is million
thousand is mille
2004-07-08 12:33:23 PM  
My grandfather spoke to his dog in german. I think most dogs understand it better then english for some reason.

Yes, I have heard anecdotal evidence of this, one of my uncles commands his dog in German, even though he can't speak the language himself (aside from sit, stay etc) He says it has something to do with the german pronounciation [sp] which is more defined than English and easier for a dog to understand the difference between individual commands.

I was considering learning German for his Alsation, but it was deaf and so everything was by hand signals anyway.. prolly german handsignals though :-)
2004-07-08 12:34:39 PM  

I ran your post through Altavista translations. The result:

Never I miss the Canadians stupfier with their worms l'arrire thinks. This is only used for proving that, like Franais, they are always good for a laughter. Why j'ai read l'article foutu?

I think you've captured the essence of this thread.
2004-07-08 12:37:42 PM  
Yes you can!
Mille and millier is 1,000
Million is 1,000 000
Milliard is 1,000 000 000
2004-07-08 12:40:07 PM  

why am I indication in franais? I then sorrow speech the English translator of google of cogently. sacrment making my indication seems topic and full d'esprit!

Translation engines need work.

Zut alors!
2004-07-08 12:42:41 PM  
Miskka I too love the tam tams on sundays, maybe i'll see you there. i'm the guy with dreadlocks and the devil sticks wearing cut off army pants and no shirt. Left nipple ring only. oh yeah, and i toke
2004-07-08 12:45:59 PM  
la souris est sous la table
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