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20 January 2012 @ 04:24 pm
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I don't know if I have any French speakers on my flist, but I have a question: what is the singular imperative for calm down or something similar?  If there's a more casual, slang-y option, that would be great.  Some things you can use an online dictionary for, but sometimes they just aren't as reliable, especially when it comes to conjugations.

a universal sigh: Fringe - Olivia - floatingnaushika on January 20th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
I don't know the answer but I was envisioning a reason why you would need to know this information, and I was picturing you on a French Babylon 5 forum or something, and needing to tell someone to chill out because this image is not that offensive.
Shannon: b5 londo dkungfuwaynewho on January 20th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHA OMG WHAT. (Though that is a great image, and would be a legit reason to tell someone to calm down.)

No, it's for my novel, hee. I wasted a solid twenty minutes today dicking around with online dictionaries before I finally gave up.
a universal sigh: Fringe - Charlie - bluenaushika on January 20th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)

Oooh, cool! I hope someone on your flist knows some French, haha.
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Shannon: fringe peterkungfuwaynewho on January 22nd, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it had been ten years since I took French and I had no idea. Thanks!
Alyalygator on January 20th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
random answer

My dogs are all sleeping now. I guess they had a long day.

Shannon: drh whatkungfuwaynewho on January 22nd, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
I...I...I am speechless.
Anne Marieindigoviolet on January 20th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
I'd say calme-toi, too, but I'm not fluent :)
Shannon: communitykungfuwaynewho on January 22nd, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
Cool cool cool!
Halima: ★ no one here is exactly what he appearscartography on January 21st, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
Agreeing with calme-toi, but mostly deduced from Italian; it's been years since I took French. I'll ask my friend in France, though, on twitter.

eta; Yup, my native-speaker friend says calme-toi is correct. There's apparently nothing more slang-y / informal. The only other option is du calme!, but that would mostly / only be used when scolding a child. No idea if that's what you're looking for.

Edited at 2012-01-21 12:29 pm (UTC)
Shannon: b5 gkar daffy hatkungfuwaynewho on January 22nd, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Is there any accent business in there? (And coooooool I will use both of those options, because it's totally an adult telling a kid, though it's more jokey than scolding.)