tokoyosalterego (tokoyosalterego) wrote in linguaphiles,
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French help?


Hi, everybody. I'm working on a novel set during the Napoleonic Wars, and as some of the characters are French soldiers, I'd really like to put some actual French phrases and terms in their dialogue. I've been trying to put short phrases together using some French textbooks I have around, and I'm having a terrible time-- I'm fluent in Spanish and have a random smattering of Latin, but I can't figure out negative commands in French and I really, really, don't want to risk mangling the language any more than I've probably already done. This is what I've got so far:

Person 1: (regarding taking a traumatized acquaintance out for a drink) What for? He'll survive. --> Pourqoui? Il suvivrai.

Person 2: Don't be an idiot. He needs a drink. --> Ne sois pas idiot. Il a besoin de un verre.

Hey, over here! --> Par ici!

What's the matter with you? --> Qu'est-ce vous avez?

Is anyone there? --> Il y a quelqu'un?

Help please? (Also, if someone could tell me how to say "God, I've never been so bored," I'd really appreciate it.)

Thanks!

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