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Post by STINKY1207 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:01 pm

Unsure of the correct spelling, but what does Belle Doche mean? It is used by a very good mutual French friend in an affectionate way to another elderly female friend. They have been good friends for years and I suspect it is something akin to 'The old dragon/similar. I hope it is affectionate cos if it isn't I wont tell her.

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Post by Tradzoner on Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:05 am

I haven't heard this myself but I wonder if it is possibly belle doux, literally translated "pretty sweet".

That is my guess for it, but it is only that.

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Post by STINKY1207 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:13 am

Thanks Tradzoner, as I said I am unsure of the spelling but it is pronounced dosh. Jm has no English and even the French have difficulty understanding his mix of patois and grunts. I have asked him but he cannot translate it for us. Knowing him I seriously doubt any malice in its use. Stinky.

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Post by Tradzoner on Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:33 am

I did find this in Wiktionnaire, which makes it slang for mother in law but that did not fit your description of usage.

belle-doche /bɛl dɔʃ/ féminin
1.(Argot) (Péjoratif) Mère de l’épouse ou de l’époux. Depuis mon mariage, je n’ai jamais réussi à m’entendre avec ma belle-doche


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Post by STINKY1207 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:15 am

Thats it. It fits his sense of humour and their friendship perfectly. Thanks Tradzoner. Stinky.Very Happy 

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Post by Tradzoner on Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:23 am

Great.

I wish my French was better. I will just keep trying and one day in about 10 years perhaps I will speak it fluently LOL.

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Post by Tony H on Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:28 am

I don't think I will ever be fluent. I can made myself understood but the intricacies of the language are beyond me.

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Post by very19 on Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:15 pm

Popular speaking for mother-in-law. Not very classy...
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Post by STINKY1207 on Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:00 pm

Neither is JM, Very19. He is a kind man just rough around the edges. She is tickled pink he calls her that.Smile 

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Post by Amber on Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:57 pm

Tradzoner wrote:Great.

I wish my French was better. I will just keep trying and one day in about 10 years perhaps I will speak it fluently LOL.
I think it's unlikely that any of us, unless born or brought up in France, will ever be fluent - especially if we are older when we start trying! The best we can hope for is to be understood whilst mangling the conjugation of our verbs!Very Happy 

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Post by Tradzoner on Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:02 am

Amber wrote:I think it's unlikely that any of us, unless born or brought up in France, will ever be fluent - especially if we are older when we start trying! The best we can hope for is to be understood whilst mangling the conjugation of our verbs!Very Happy 
I don't 100% agree. I know it is harder and slower to learn when you are older but I do know a couple of people who can speak fluently, so its not impossible. I believe a lot depends on how much time you spend with French people/activities etc etc. I will never give up the thought that one day I might be able to. Smile Smile Smile Smile 


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