Papa, tu m’achètes ces auto-collants de Noël?
pah-pah, tew maa-shett say zo-to-ko-lahd no-ELL? Click below to hear this.*
Daddy, will you buy me these Christmas stickers?
The eternal refrain of the small child surrounded by desirable objects. Happily for Daddy, les auto-collants aren’t usually very expensive. They’re bright and colorful, and every kid loves them.
La colle is glue. Un collant, therefore, is something that sticks or clings. Watch out, though! It’s a false friend. Un collant is a pair of pantyhose or tights.
But un auto-collant is safe territory. It’s a thing that sticks by itself–so it’s a no-lick sticker, or a self-stick sticker.
If your youngster begs for des auto-collants pour Noël, he wants them in his Christmas stocking. If she asks for des auto-collants de Noël, they will have cute little Christmas pictures on them and the desire is probably for immediate delivery. I leave the negotiations up to you.
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