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Old 05.10.2008, 13:37
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Re: 'I'm looking forward to...' in French?

I think it is "Je suis pressé de"
I said "Je me réjouis de" to a French girl once, and she said that this expression has something to do with sex..is it true??
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Re: 'I'm looking forward to...' in French?

je suis préssé(e) ... you are in a hurry!!!
je me réjouis de te voir ...

and yes said in a certain context sex is involved in "réjouir".
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Old 05.10.2008, 22:07
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....and yes said in a certain context sex is involved in "réjouir".
There are different verbs with "jouir" and each has another meaning (here the most common):
se réjouir de = to look forward
jouir = to have an orgasm (has other meanings too, but less common)
jouir de = to have, possess, be granted with, etc..
réjouir = to make someone happy (with a present..., etc), or to be happy (because...).

Only the 2nd one has a sexual connotation.
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Re: 'I'm looking forward to...' in French?

It is important not to confuse: réjouir (to delight, to gladden) and re-jouir (to have an orgasm again).
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Re: 'I'm looking forward to...' in French?

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Well, so 'to look forward' is 'réjouir', now I know.
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Old 06.10.2008, 19:41
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Re: 'I'm looking forward to...' in French?

French is my first language and I have rarely said 'je me réjouis de", I have written it in letters sometimes. It sounds a bit formal.

I use "Vivement" + noun
Vivement notre sortie, vivement les vacances, vivement ce soir!

And "J'ai hate de", as in j'ai hate de la rencontrer- I am looking forward to meeting her.
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Old 11.10.2008, 09:01
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Re: 'I'm looking forward to...' in French?

I wonder why "J'ai hate..." is in the passé composé, sort of sounds like "I was looking forward to" if you know what I mean.



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I am a native French speaker, and indeed they are all three correct (accents missing):
"J'ai hate..."
"Je me rejouis..."
"Dans l'attente de...", with the last one only for formal writing.

My 2 cents: "Je me rejouis..." is less popular in conversation in France and Belgium than Switzerland.
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I wonder why "J'ai hate..." is in the passé composé, sort of sounds like "I was looking forward to" if you know what I mean.
"J'ai hate" -I hate to tell you- is present tense. "hâte" is a noun not a past participle.
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Re: 'I'm looking forward to...' in French?

Oh yes, silly me.

But there is a verb hâter.

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"J'ai hate" -I hate to tell you- is present tense. "hâte" is a noun not a past participle.
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For pleasure of language's sake: "J'ai hâte" is very litterary, sounds wonderful and very high class, but you need the rest of the conversation that goes with it, spotless. The more I think of it, the more I would just give a statement about how nice it will be. It seems to me, that complaining is much more of a natural french conversation topic than looking forward to anything :-)
Fortunately, one can do both. e.g. "j'ai hâte de me plaindre".
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Re: 'I'm looking forward to...' in French?

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"Je me réjouis" sounds like français fédéral. ...quote]

- That might be true (exact transposition of "Ich freue mich...") ...but aren't we in Switzerland ?
Nowadays, English is getting more and more important and intrusive, to the cost of other languages (i.e. French), and the French speakers are the first to complain about it..
So in my opinion, we, native speakers (here french) should rather get together and consider all the different ways of saying "I'm looking forward..." as a richness of our language, instead of quarreling us about which version is the best. L'union fait la force ...

My 2 cents...

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Re: 'I'm looking forward to...' in French?

What about "je suis impatient de + inf"? When I lived in France I used "attendre qch avec impatience" with a French friend and he said it was too formal and unnatural. He suggested "etre impatient" and it's seemed to go down well since.
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Re: 'I'm looking forward to...' in French?

Why not just say:
"Magnifique, à samedi alors!!!"
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