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Re: How do you say "rusty" as in out of practice en French?

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"Je parles français comme une vache espagnole"
(no, I did not just made it up)
then you can say "je baragouine le français" ... means jabber
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Re: How do you say "rusty" as in out of practice en French?

This is lovely, we need more French threads!

So, how does one say the opposite - "Sorry, my French sucks despite the daily practice?"

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In french i often use "Je me débrouille"
Hey, I've just heard this from my colleague and had no idea what that was supposed to mean?
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Re: How do you say "rusty" as in out of practice en French?

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Hey, I've just heard this from my colleague and had no idea what that was supposed to mean?
I believe it's the english equivalent of "I get by..."
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No you didn't - as I wrote this just above! LOL
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This is lovely, we need more French threads!

So, how does one say the opposite - "Sorry, my French sucks despite the daily practice?"



Hey, I've just heard this from my colleague and had no idea what that was supposed to mean?
Désolée, mon français est nul malgré mes efforts!
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Re: How do you say "rusty" as in out of practice en French?

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Hey, I've just heard this from my colleague and had no idea what that was supposed to mean?
Just reading this thread back and i realised "debrouiller" has an entemolygical (spelling?!) root in "rouiller". That pretty cool, i was being relevant to the thread title without meaning to be!
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Just reading this thread back and i realised "debrouiller" has an entemolygical (spelling?!) root in "rouiller". That pretty cool, i was being relevant to the thread title without meaning to be!
Actually, the etymological root of "debrouiller" is 'brouiller' but "je me debrouille" is still a great expression to convey what the OP wanted to say!
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Actually, the etymological root of "debrouiller" is 'brouiller' but "je me debrouille" is still a great expression to convey what the OP wanted to say!
Which is what? Je me debrouille =.......

I am still not getting it. So it means to get by, as to manage to talk? Or, brushing up on what one has already learned once?
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Which is what? Je me debrouille =.......

I am still not getting it. So it means to get by, as to manage to talk? Or, brushing up on what one has already learned once?
yes it means "to get by" or "to manage". You can use it for any activity not just language skills.

The origin of word is from "embrouiller" which means not clear, fuzzy etc.. so débrouiller is make clear what is unclear. The prefix "dé" in french is equivalent of "un" in english.
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Re: How do you say "rusty" as in out of practice en French?

As in 'je me débrouille pas mal en français'

(=I'm not too bad in French)

Also the adjective 'débrouillard/e' 'il est très débrouillard' - he is a coper- or he is very capable/shows initiative.
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Re: How do you say "rusty" as in out of practice en French?

Je me débrouille. Nice expression, but it is often used as understatement. Depending on who is saying it in which context, it can mean "I can communicate in French but not big speech" or "I am too modest to say openly that I am the king of French language". Your pronunciation will however make it very clear which one you mean in your case

It comes from des+brouiller (undo + confuse), so you are able to unconfuse your mind when you have to use French. It has however other meanings, so be aware of context.
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Re: How do you say "rusty" as in out of practice en French?

OK OK, now I get it. So, picking up the lingo is like coming from this haze into some clarity, it's a continuum, becoming better.

débrouillard , I know this one, that means skilled. What made me confused was the fact, my colleague said I have to go to this concert, to chitchat (the musicians were Czech, though), pour se debrouiller...It didn't make sense since I wouldn't have practiced French, anyways. Now I get it. It means to work on one's skills, to get better, get by, manage something..there is this motion towards something. OK. Thanks! I think I understand better when I don't look for exact equivalents, that's just confusing.
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Well that just confirms that it's commonly used.
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je parlais du bon français avant, mais maintenant c'est à chier
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je parlais du bon français avant, mais maintenant c'est à chier
Chier?

I thought C'est chien.
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je parlais du bon français avant, mais maintenant c'est à chier
I don't know if people want to have the correct grammar or if one just exchange for fun... stop me if I am correcting too much.

un bon français
il est à chier.
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I don't know if people want to have the correct grammar or if one just exchange for fun... stop me if I am correcting too much.

un bon français
il est à chier.
No, correct more, stp. Now, can you also translate that ? Merci.
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Re: How do you say "rusty" as in out of practice en French?

Neither really works - but it does communicate what is meant, so why not.
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