French Word du Jour 9 décembre 2016

S’il vous plaît.

Translation: “If you please.” or “If it pleases you.”

English words with French grammar: “If it you pleases”

French word



Si see If (the ‘i’ is dropped because the next word starts with an ‘i’.
il il it (‘il’ can also mean “he”, but in this case it means “it”.
vous voo you
plaît play please or pleases

I’ve often seen «S’il vous plait.» translated as just “please”.

It’s important to understand that the phrase means slightly more than “please”.

Born this day 9 December:

Jean de Brunhoff, (1899 – 1937)  creator of Babar the Elephant. Brunhoff’s creation Babar first appeared in 1931 in his book “Histoire de Babar”.

Famous Polyglot
(A polyglot: able to speak or write several languages; multilingual.)

1608 – John Milton (1608–1674), an English poet, Milton is known for epic work “Paradise Lost”. Milton could speak English, Latin, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, Aramaic, Syriac, and Old English. He also created or coined more than 630 terms in the English language.

1916 – Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch in 1916) raised in a Russian-speaking household Douglas can also speak French, German and a little Italian. (Douglas starred in the Italian language film “Ulysses” is a 1954. Which was also dubbed into English.)

Kirk Douglas appeared in over 90 movies, and in 1960 he produced and starred in the movie “Spartacus”. The writer that Douglas hired to write the screenplay for Spartacus was Dalton Trumbo who had been blacklisted.

It was Kirk Douglas acting as the movie’s producer that first dared to fight the studio to give Dalton Trumbo the writing credit under his own name, thus breaking the Hollywood Blacklist.








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