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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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Laurie Gill

J'aime mon cafe le meme que ton mari! Avec beaucoup du lait et pas tros chaud.

Joyce C. Hoover

I don't speak French. I am learning German. and I get my morning fix with my first cup of coffee. Sincerely Joyce

Taina

"Testardo/a" is stubbon in Italian and I take my coffee with a bit of milk.
A recent life lesson was learned last week through a dear friend, and that is to listen to my "mothers' intuition". Her son had worsening flu-like symptoms for several days and was continually turned away by the family pediatrician as something that just needed to run its course. My friend knew instinctively that something was not right and insisted on taking him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a serious staph infection in his hip. Had she waited any longer, the consequences to his hip joint (and life!) could have been dire. He faces a long recovery, missing the start of school and no sports for some time, but he dodged a bullet thanks to his mother's gut feeling.

Lori

And here I've been assuming that Jean Paul wanted his coffee very hot (we let la tasse sit with boiling water in it for several minutes before putting the coffee in)and strong (you could stand the spoon up in it) because he was french! Or formerly as it were!

Armando zetina

Testarudo and also Terco in Spanish

George

Another great little vignette Kristen.
This is nothing to do with coffee, but having now lived in fabulous france for five wonderful months, the local expression I love is "on doit profiter de chaque jour" ... or "we should make the most of each day"
Thanks so much again for your thrice-weekly slices of french life. Wonderful !

Andrea

My husband prepares my coffee on the weekends as a very kind gesture (weekdays I wake up earlier than him) even though he doesn’t drink it or even like the smell of it... and HE IS FRENCH!!!
We both are very stubborn people... I call him ‘terco’ or 'necio' and he calls me ‘têtue’ all the time, so I’m familiar with today’s word :)

têtu comme un mulet = stubborn as a mule = terco como una mula (spanish)

martina

hot always,with milk only if it is bad coffee. Dad always used to put ice cubes in his coffee when at a restaurant. I don't know the Norwegian word for stubborn, but we always say "you are acting just like Grandma" in my family. Norwegian Grandma was very stubborn and determined (but very loving too).

monica

I like mild flavored coffee with cream, sugar and a little caramel syrup. It is an occassional treat as I am more of a tea drinker. The Vietnamese restaurants serve a coffee, hot or iced, that is dark, sweet and has condensed mild added. It is delicious after a spicy meal.

Kerry

I am ridiculously STUR about my coffee . . . EIGENSINNIG, in fact. Real cream if possible, plenty of sugar, and if it doesn't take the skin off the roof of your mouth, it's hardly worth drinking!

It doesn't burn me. Very seldom. I would like to like it warm, tepid, room temperature, but it hasn't happened. I ask waitresses, with all the grace I can manage, to heat my coffee in a microwave before they bring it. They ALWAYS say, "Our coffee is really hot, ma'am," and it never is.

I assure them that I won't sue if it spills; in fact, I always caution my servers to be extra careful not to burn themselves. The amazing thing is how often and how kindly they will humor me!

My poor daughters! Can you imagine going through this every time we go out to eat? Poor darlings, I ask for water with lime . . . !

Augusta Elmwood

Being from New Orleans, as a youngster I always drank my coffee and chicory with lots of milk and sugar (this is the way that coffee was introduced to children, "coffee-milk" we called it), and I continued this habit into adulthood.
However, the MOST memorable cup of coffee I ever had was in a friend's house in Ossès, where we were seated at the dining table, watching the sun rise over the misty foothills of the Pyrenees. It was perfect moment: a cup of Malongo brand coffee ("café ordinaire," Pierre assured us), served in a simple white Limôges cup, with nothing added but the ambiente around us. I will remember that cup of coffee and that moment for the rest of my life!
Anyway, it's good to have you back, Kristin !! Looking forward to getting your Word-a-Day, if Gustav doesn't come visiting like his sister Katrina did 3 years ago tomorrow :-/ Priez pour nous !! I have the holy candles burning already!

Bisous,
Augusta

jeananne

I love my coffee straight up black, most often. On occasion I will use honey with 'milk'. Just recently I reaquainted myself with my French Press and am loving it so much - I don't know why i ever stopped using it!

Berry Schendstok

You asked for "stubborn" in different languages. I am sure it's a trait found partout dans le monde!

In Dutch, one is called: KOPPIG

Salut!

R. Roll

Tetu in Tagalog is "matigas ang ulo" (hard headed).When a baby has a pronouced crown (puyo), we say it will be stubborn. Nothing scientific about it, but it's been known to work.

Chrissi

Hi Kristen,

Once again a lovely little glimpse into your life. It's probably best that I reside in happily single solitude, because I have a problem with always being "right" also,(or I should say "thinking" that I am). I find that less gets spilled when you're just carrying around one cup, metaphorically speaking.

P.S. I was absolutely thrilled that you viewed my blog page and that you took the time to write a comment. Thank you so so much!! I told my family and friends that a famous author viewed my page!!! Well you're quite famous to me!! Take care, Chrissi

Dana

Hello Kristin,
Life lesson for me this week has been a reminder of how precious each day is with our children and how very fast they go by. My nest is very empty this morning after leaving my beautiful daughter at college yesterday and I am missing our morning cup of coffee together. One thing we can both still enjoy is your 'French Word a Day'. I am always touched by your writings of your loved ones, it is obvious how much you cherish them. Thanks for sharing your life with us and for helping us to undersatand more about the language and life in France. Cordialement, Dana

Melinda

Je me suis très bien amusée en lisant cette vignette. Moi, je mets les tasses par ordre alphabétique, mais je suis toujours gauche parce que mon nom commence par "m" et son avec "r" ! Il faut que j'adopte son système !

Jacqueline

On the other hand (insert snigger here)... to be "polie il faut donner de la main droite". Well, that's how I was brought up, but have noticed it is a disappearing custom. Except in some religious areas where to do anything else would cause real offence.

Carol Folino

My husband is left handed,so I place his coffee in my left hand and that is how I remember!

Kathleen

Kristin,

I drink my coffee black and hot, but not boiling. On weekends my husband and I drink special coffees. I make myself a cappuccino and he makes himself a cafe mocha. It is a time to relax and read the newspapers and eat breakfast.
We both like strong coffee that is dark and rich. Sometimes after having dinner out, we order double espressos and still sleep at night.

Lizzy

Being a tea drinker (genmai), and not one bit stubborn (hardy har), I thought I would have no comment to make... however in reading the other comments something struck me. Têtu is of course missing an s, as the little thing above the e reflects (I forget what it is called?) ... but in Spanish and Italian the s is there... it just reminds me of the first four letters of the male hormone testosterone (yes I know females have it as well - just not as much)... would there be any correlation between the word stubborn and maleness? Hmmm! Something to ponder.

Madelyn

I am known, and defined by 2 addictions : coffee and perfume ! I am French by fantasy.
I use a farberware percolater - using very fine coffee:Gevalia, Cafe La Semeuse, Starbucks ..mostly.
I used to prepare the coffee the evening before. Alas to save time duringy comatose state is of thev utmost importance.
I mostly love my coffe is a great big beautiful mug - with either half and half or whole milk or even black./
I enjoyed reading of your daily routine.

Lily

I always drunk un café crème avant moving to Paris. Now however in an effort to seem more french, I'm more of a un café allongé sort of girl.

I really identified with today's message. I think you're in a good relationship when you not only learn these things off the other person but the things you learn make you a better and more well rounded person. I guess that's the beauty of true love!

Biz,

Lily

David

I used to hear both of these from my Spanish-speaking ex-wife, "terco", "testarudo", but I think she preferred the latter one. I find it interesting, though not surprising, that her favorite has the same meaning in Italian.

As to coffee, I once had a lady friend who occasionally stirred my coffee anti-clockwise. Alas, I haven't had a cup of that coffee in many years!

Personal lesson, learned from a lawyer, by experience: "don't call in a wolf to get rid of a rabbit - it just causes more problems".

Best wishes.
David

Jens

In Danish - my mother tongue - têtu is called 'stædig' (3rd letter being a particular Danish one - a & e put together -pronounced almost like the English 'a').

In Denmark I drink all my coffee black but on our holidays in France (Vaucluse) I add both milk and sugar. I don't know why.

Regards,
Jens

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When I originally commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Bless you!

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