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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 03-10-2006, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone out there who speaks French?

I need some help with a translation. I am looking for the command form of "live, laugh, love." Free translations online stink -- I'm looking for someone who knows the language. Not an "I" form or a "you" form or even "they" or "we." I'm looking for the command conjugation. Thank you so much to anyone who can help.
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Bah. We just learned imperetives a few weeks ago, but a couple of those are irregular verbs. I'm not that good yet. I'm sorry!
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Bah. We just learned imperetives a few weeks ago, but a couple of those are irregular verbs. I'm not that good yet. I'm sorry!
OOoooh but could you email your professor? Pretty please? *knows absolutely no French*
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I could call my dad... as french is his first language, but he tends to have HORRIBLE grammer and uses a LOT of slang, which means you'd probably get a more accurate answer from the online translator.

I actually caught him saying "movez le char" once... I knew what he meant, but HONESTLY! (He was telling my step-mom to move the car...) That one phrase has kinda made his "french" a family joke.

Good luck though

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Well, if you happen to call him anyway it wouldn't hurt to try...I'd be interested to see what he had to say.
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What are the circumstances that you are planning to use this? It can make a difference in the way you address yourself. French people are overly polite and they often use the plural form, that is non-existent in the English language as the same form (you'd have to translate by emphasizing it differently)

The Imperative mode of the verbs Vivre, Rire, and Aimer are:

-singular ("tu"=you) - "Vis, ris, aimes!"
-plural ("vous"=you -y'all : )) - " Vivez, riez, aimez!"

You might also be able to use different variations such as the "IL FAUT QUE" structure used to introduce the Subjunctive Mode

-sg. - "Il faut que tu vives, ries, aimes."
-pl. - "Il faut que vous vivies, riiez, aimez."

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Oh ioana you are a life saver! I want to use it because I am helping my sister decorate her house. She is decorating her kitchen in a french theme and her foyer in a Tuscan one. So in her kitchen she wanted me to do some calligraphy on one of the walls that said something nice in French that would say something about her home and family, and be welcoming to guests. Does that help? Maybe the vous form? I'm not sure when the last one you mentioned would be appropriate, so just let me know.
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Ioana, you rule.
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Oh, gosh, you guys, you make me blush,
You are too kind, aphrodeia.
You are more than welcome. It's been a while since I 've had to use French so I enjoy the challenege.
The explanation helps tremendously. I love the idea of decorating in French + Tuscan manner and adding these accents.
You are correct, the last form is a bit too strong.
Right now,

" Vivez, riez, aimez!"

sounds best.

But let me know what the deadline is, I am going to pick my brain and see if I can come up with something else.

The idea of "stomachi affamati" from the "Italian post" is so funny.

By the way, you could use
"Vivez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup "
that is used in wise decor
It traslates to: "live well, laugh often, love much"

Again, the more ideas you give me about what you want, the more inspired I am, or anyone else attempting to translate for that matter.

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Seriously, you have warmed my heart. I can't really describe how much this means to me in words, but my eyes are welled up with tears right now. I'll give her the idea that you had -- I personally like it better. We just want something that when people as "what does that mean?" we will feel like we are describing our well-wishes for anyone that enters the home. The "hungry stomachs" was my idea, since my sister loves to cook and is a wonderful hostess. She loves having guests and making them feel at home.

The deadline is tomorrow, Sunday...as she will be back from a trip and we are planning on decorating the foyer and finishing up the kitchen.
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