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 Berlitz Hide This French BookThe front cover of this book bears a warning: ‘Highly inflammatory text inside. Do not open near French teachers. Not for classroom use.’ Slang or ‘argot’ is very commonly used in French, and one or two publishers have seen an opening here for a book that teaches you the kind of language that is deemed unsuitable for reputable courses or text books.

Intended for those who already know a certain amount of French, this book will not teach you any verb conjugations or any other grammar for that matter. It will teach you everyday expressions, slang and even swear words. However, anything likely to cause offence will be marked as such: a thermometer with a low level of mercury indicates an expression that is to be used ‘with caution’, whereas a thermometer with a high level of mercury means that a phrase is extremely offensive.

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