french stylist

Speaking of “French girl beauty” it’s funny to me how people will reference Anna Karina, Jean Seberg, and Jane Birkin, who were Danish, American, and British, respectively. Although to be fair they made their lives and careers in France, they share nothing stylistically with French-born beauty icons like Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot. So it is pretty obvious what the determining factor for being a “French beauty” is. 

Jacques Esterel’s French Olympic Uniforms in 1968.
models, wearing the new uniforms of the French Olympic team for the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico, walking along a street in Paris with French fashion designer Jacques Esterel, who designed the uniforms, in August 1968.

anonymous asked:

I've heard that in French, sometimes they'll get rid of the "ne" and just use "pas" for negation. Is that the only time they get rid of "ne" in negation? Because duolingo teaches things like, "Je ne mange jamais." Would people say something like, "Je mange jamais"?

You’re correct! In colloquial French, literally any ne can and will be dropped. It’s the second part of the negation which carries the most meaning, the most ‘weight’, and the ne is basically unessential.

Il n’y a personne ici - y a personne ici
Je ne suis jamais allé en France - je suis jamais allé en France
Je n’ai rien vu - j’ai rien vu
Il ne parle que le français - il parle que le français
On ne trouve aucune solution - on trouve aucune solution

The final problem is ne… plus - which can be ambiguous in written French in a way that it isn’t in spoken French. In spoken French, plus de is pronounced differently for positive or negative statements, eg Il y a plus de pain vs Il n’y a plus de pain. For plus de meaning “more”, the s is pronounced. For (ne)… plus de meaning “no more”, the s is not pronounced. So because of this, if you said (Il) y a plus de pain, you’d know easily whether it meant “there’s more bread” (with the s pronounced) or “there’s no more bread” (with the s silent).
When writing, you can’t make this distinction (well, sometimes people would write something like plussss or whatever just to emphasise it but it’s not really serious haha), so if it risks being ambiguous the ne would have to be left in in this case.