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Balades ep. 3, quiz 23: d’un certain âge

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    12 seconds, 31 words

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    montonsàbordtrouvons.Presquesontoccupées 'habitentreviennent.
    montonsàbordtrouvonsencore.Presquesontoccupéespardesdames d'uncertainâgequihabitentrégionquireviennent.

    The above audio sample and transcription is from Balades ep. 3. We do not own the content. Listen to the entire episode here.


    Now this expression is wonderful. It’s not always translated as “elderly”. However, in this context and in other contexts I have seen it translated as such. I love it. Such a diplomatic and respectful way to say old. So fitting for a culture that has no word for “cheap”. Some things are better left unsaid, or said circumlocutious-ly.

    It’s also interesting to me that she says “habitent la région” without a preposition. For some reason I thought a preposition (dans, en) was required. Maybe not…? or maybe it’s just a quicker way of speaking. What do you hear?

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    Nous montons à bord et trouvons encore quatre places. Presque toutes les autres places sont occupées par des dames d’un certain âge qui habitent la région et qui reviennent du marché.

    We boarded and found four more seats. Almost all the other seats are occupied by older ladies who live in the area and are returning from the market.

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    d’un certain âge


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