Useful terms are something everyone visiting a foreign country needs. If for nothing else, to find the bathroom. But, knowing a few other words for food and drinks will at least take care of basic needs. I just finished a page on useful terms and want to share the story of how it came about.
If you don’t know it by now, this is a new website/blog/creation. After finally going live a few weeks ago, pages still need to be finalized – all while writing new blog entries and triple checking what is up and how it looks. Lots and lots of writing, revising, tweaking appearance of the pages, increasing page load speeds, making sure keywords are used, etc… So many words are used that I have never heard of describing things I never thought of.
Food and Drink is a “main menu item.” That means it has several “pages” under it. (I am probably getting all of this wrong.) And, while working on the pages under the Food and Drink main menu, it seemed like providing some useful terms would be a good idea. After all, this site, pariswithscott.com, is to try to help first time visitors or people who want to visit Paris on their own be able to do it.
Basic Useful Terms for Food
So, I made a list of super basic terms. Not many, real basic food terms. Just so looking at a menu posted outside of a restaurant may not be completely out of the question. While doing that, I started to sound out the French words and write in my own pronunciation guide!! As if I know how to tell someone how to say something in French!!!
Words like temperatures for cooking a steak for “steak frites.” Medium-rare is “à point” (ah-pwahw), medium is “cuit” (kwee), well done is “bien cuit” (bee-iahn-kwee). (I don’t think the French really know how to cook something “bien cuit.”) And on and on for me sounding out the pronunciation.
Wouldn’t It Be Great…
While writing down those pronunciations I emailed Susan, the talented woman who is working with me on the site. “Wouldn’t it be great if we could add in some way for visitors to the site to hear the word pronounced by a native French speaker?”
Well, she did it. Susan made the page absolutely incredible!!! Take a look and a listen here:
The internet is incredible. Useful terms are great, but hearing them, while seeing the word, is really great. Okay, that is it. This entry is a thank you to Susan!
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