The Cycle tourers 'useful phrases in Foreign' thread

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 14 Jan 2008.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    How about we all add in any useful phrases in foreign lingos we have aquired. I am thinking that most guidebooks wont list things like:

    " 'Allo mate, me spokes busted and I need a wheel true as well, ta"


    " me spd cleat fell off and I need a new one "

    "allo darling..your tent or mine?"

    ...stuff like that:biggrin:.

    ..I dont trust bablefish:biggrin:
  2. User482

    User482 Guest

    My French is very limited, but I did manage to communicate that my hire bike had a slow puncture: le pneu descendre lentement.

    I'm sure somebody could provide a more refined translation...
  3. OP

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Good one...
    here I just found this:

    adjustable spanner le cle anglaise
    axle le essieu
    ball-bearings roulement a billes
    bell sonette
    bicycle / bike / pushbike velo
    bicycle repairer reparateur de bicyclettes
    bolt boulon
    brake frein
    brake blocks patin de frein
    cable cable
    chain chaine
    chainwheel plateau de pedalier
    crank pedalier
    crank axle l'axe de pedalier
    crank pin clavette de pedalier
    derailleur derailleur
    dynamo dynamo
    fork fourche
    frame cadre
    freewheel roue libre
    front-light le feu avant / le phare
    gear derailleur
    handlebars guidon
    hub moyeu
    luggage-carrier, rack le port-bagage
    nipple douille
    nut ecrou
    patches rustine
    pedal pedale
    pump pompe à vélo
    rear-light le feu arriere
    rim jante
    saddle selle
    screw vis
    spanner cle platte
    spoke nipplekey / spoke wrench cle de rayon
    thread filet / filetage
    tire pneu
    toeclip calepied
    tube or innertube chambre a air
    valve valve
    wheel roue
  4. redfox

    redfox New Member

    Bourne End, UK
    I found Voulais vous recharger mon biddon s'il vous plaît? when out of water in France.
  5. will

    will Senior Member

    I am hot (like during a heatwave) = j'ai chaud

    I am horny = je suis chaud

    Both useful
  6. OP

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ..hmm that might come in an innocent foreigner chat up type of way!
  7. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    I have found this one useful "Do you speak English?". Works everywhere except France.:biggrin:
  8. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    Perhaps foreign......

    We were in Wales, and my Wife wanted to talk to the campsite warden in Welsh.

    So we bought a phrase book which was fine until we got to "in the pub"......

    Two phrases were

    "'r barmaid has 'n fawr barwydennau (The barmaid has large breasts)"

    "'r barmaid ydy chythlwng chlytia (The barmaid is a fast piece)"

    Somehow I never felt brave enough to try these two!
  9. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Meanwood, Leeds
    The Loneley Planet 'Cycle France' book has a sufficiently large phrasebook and lexicon section specific to touring and cycling which makes its purchase a sound investment. It came in handy when I wanted to tell the mechanics in a Decathlon that I had a cracked rim, defective hub and wanted a 36 spoke 700c replacement wheel.

    There also a an extensice list of small tours and regional guides which make good bed time reading.
  10. Tony

    Tony New Member

    What very odd grammar and spelling....
  11. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    make sur eyou learn "je voudrais une tube d'inneur" - "I need a new inner tube
    and also learn numbers. "vingt-trois a six-cent-vingt-deux" - 23-622
    that's all you'll need. don't waste time learning stuff more complex, if your bike breaks just take it into a friendly looking shop and point at the offending part, it won't be long before the guy wanders off into the back while babbling something unintelligible in french at light speed, a clattering will be heard, and then a minute later he'll come out brandishing the part you need.
    Remember the french are very cyclist-friendly , more so than english.
  12. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    It looks like the best advice would be to stay out of France and go somewhere they speak a vaguely civilised language. Nicht wahr?
  13. xilios

    xilios Veteran

    Maastricht, NL
    A few words help, but we found a "bonjour" with a big smile together with a lot of hand language will get you a long way.
  14. freakhatz

    freakhatz New Member

    Maintenant vous m'avez fait le rire:biggrin:
  15. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    My fading schoolboy French can cope with that up to the last word. What does rire mean?

    Ah hang on a mo. Does it mean, "now you've made me laugh?"
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