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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:11 am

Quoting kanban (Reply 35):

le baleine échouée

I should have translated - "beached whale"

Love that one...!  
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:43 am

Just to clarify or summarize, since I am not sure the OP got his answer clearly labelled out (though I might have seen it in one or two posts):

- In a proper French speaker way (and generally for the general public):
# 747 is "sept cent quarante sept", which is the equivalent to "seven hundred and forty seven"
# 777 is "sept cent soixante dix sept", ditto as above.

- But in the industry:
# We refer to the 747 as just "quarante sept" (i.e. 47)
# We refer to the 777 as "triple sept" (triple seven).
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:46 am

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 2):
Nobody says "sept sept sept" for the 777.

Well, when I flew the LY B 777 for the first time I clearly remember hearing: "... €&@"?!€;() Boeing sheva sheva sheva €&&@" ...".

When I flew reguarly to Romania with RO's 737s I loved the announcement "€&&:,[email protected]" Boeing shapte doisitch shapte. €@'v.€@ ..."
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:55 am

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 16):

I've often heard the first 7 dropped, so it is four-seven, three-seven or triple seven.

German pilots tend to do that. "Drei-sieben", "vier-sieben" etc. Also "Bobby" is somewhat common for the 737, and "Jumbo" (pronounced 'yoombo') for the 747.   Habits...
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:50 am

It´s mission impossible for non swedish speaker to say 777 (sjuhundrasjuttiosju)

Ces´t a mouthful  

//Mike  

[Edited 2011-11-08 02:07:22]
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:57 am

I think it is Jumbo for the 747 and douille de sardine for the 77W...
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:01 am

Quoting solnabo (Reply 54):
sjuhundrasjuttiosju

Holy sh.... Could you please tell SAS to never ever order the B 777, or any other Swedish airline (that being said, a Busy Bee B 777, that would have been something...)  
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:11 am

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 56):
Holy sh.... Could you please tell SAS to never ever order the B 777, or any other Swedish airline (that being said, a Busy Bee B 777, that would have been something...)

No worries, SAS can´t fill them anyway     
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:20 am

Quoting solnabo (Reply 54):
It´s mission impossible for non swedish speaker to say 777 (sjuhundrasjuttiosju)

Piece of cake   

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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:03 am

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 52):
When I flew reguarly to Romania with RO's 737s I loved the announcement "€&&:,[email protected]" Boeing shapte doisitch shapte. €@'v.€@ ..."

Unless it was a 727 in disguise ( ), you should have heard: ""€&&:,[email protected]" Boeing shapte treizetch shapte. €@'v.€@ ..." ("şapte treizeci şi şapte").
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:44 am

Quoting airtrainer (Reply 25):
No Sir, it's the A trois cent quatre-vingts

... you mean A-trois cent huitante or A-trois cent "octante."

Quoting hOmSaR (Reply 36):
So, would that make the next one neufante

Close, nonante.
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:35 pm

Maybe "Le 777" and "Le 747"?  
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:44 pm

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 28):
I presume you do know that that's German not French, right? Just checking!

..oui... just prompting the German mother-tongues who've already posted in the thread cos I'm interested in how the various models are pronounced in their local lingo.
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:37 pm

Quoting Aircellist (Reply 46):
For example, this famous Orwellian novel:
1984
Mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-quatre (French French)
Mille neuf cent huitante-quatre (Swiss French)
One thousand nine hundred eighty-four (English)

Except we would never refer to the Orwellian novel in English as "One thousand nine hundred (and) eighty-four", but simply as "Nineteen eighty-four".  
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:55 pm

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 17):
Some French-speaking Swiss outside Geneva (thus, further away from the French border) really get this right: "huitante."

Actually, they don't really get it right either!
Huitante is an artifical word made up solely to fit in nicely into the row between 'septante' and 'nonante', yet 'huitante' is ethymologically incorrect.
In fact, it should be 'octante' which is perfectly correct French indeed, although not in use anywhere anylonger.
Contrary to 'huitante' however, you'll still find it in the dictionary of the "Académie française" which is the sole reference of what is correct, and what is a dialect in French, so octante over huitante for me please!

Don't try it out in France however: we as Belgians obviously use septante and nonante overthere too, yet they often look at us as if we are completely insane doing so, so when using octante, they might think you've been teleported from the middle ages or something! :p

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 17):
I learned my French in Geneva and thus "soixante dix" and "quatre vingt dix" have always seemed very odd to me. I'm not a native at all, but I'd call a 777 a "sept cent septante-sept" without even thinking about it.

Indeed, me too as a Belgian.

Although it is just a habbit really: French people don't seem to have to do the math to figure out how to say this phone number quickly: '97-86-75, but if I want to do it the French way, I need to think about it for a second first.
You can imagine that when a Frenchman is dictating his phone number to a Swiss or a Belgian, it can become messy quickly, as we might easily end up with too much numbers!
euh... 4-20-17-4-26-60-15... ??? There's nobody there, sir, or even worse, somebody talking Japanese! :p

back to topic:
747: sept cent quarante-sept
777: sept cent septante-sept, although all Frenchmen will disagree :p

[Edited 2011-11-08 06:04:36]
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:05 pm

Well, as a Norwegian, I would say "sju sju sju" (obviously "seven seven seven") and have only heard it this way, and the same formula for all other boeings.

This is probably the reason I say "seven seven seven" in English.

Airbus' follow the traditional formula "A treåtti" ("A three eighty")

-CXfirst
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:10 pm

We say "sept cent quarante-sept" (or "seven hundred forty seven") and I've heard both for the 777 from the F/As: "sept cent soixante-dix-sept" and "triple sept".

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 8):
Yes. If you speak "French" French, you may say "sept-cent soixant-dix sept." If you speak "good" French (i.e. Swiss French) you would say "sept-cent septante-sept" which makes a lot more sense when counting.

You have the correct way of saying the numbers. French people should say like you. It's in the direct logic of numbers: "cinquante", "soixante", "septante", "octante", "nonante".

If "soixante-dix" and "quatre-vingt" were correct, then we should say "cinquante-dix" for 50 or "trois-vingt" for 60. It does not make sense.

Quoting mainMAN (Reply 11):
This is why I like Belgian and Swiss numbers.....they're so much easier to remember than French ones

They are easier because they make more sense. Again, in France we should say the same. But we don't, and I really don't know why...

[Edited 2011-11-08 06:10:46]
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:17 pm

Quoting slz396 (Reply 64):
octante

Is this word related to 'Octet'? I can be wrong, but I believe that the French (or anybody else who speaks French for that matter) use the word 'Octet' to refer to a BYTE. I sometimes hear them use that word.
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:49 pm

Quoting BrusselsSouth (Reply 6):
but I would think "sept cent soixante-dix-sept" rather than "triple sept"


I can confirm that some AF personnel refer to the B777 as "le triple sept", mimicking the American "triple seven".
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:43 pm

Quoting Aircellist (Reply 46):
For example, this famous Orwellian novel:
1984
Mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-quatre (French French)
Mille neuf cent huitante-quatre (Swiss French)
One thousand nine hundred eighty-four (English)

except that in English a year is written (if in long form) as Nineteen Eighty-Four
Thats 18 letters versus 30 letters in your French French example...
The only time a year might be referred to in a purely number form might be in religious use (transferred over from the catholic church ie latin style) by saying: The year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and eighty-four. Even then it is unlikely to be written that way, just said that way.
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:45 pm

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 63):
Quoting Aircellist (Reply 46):
For example, this famous Orwellian novel:
1984
Mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-quatre (French French)
Mille neuf cent huitante-quatre (Swiss French)
One thousand nine hundred eighty-four (English)

Except we would never refer to the Orwellian novel in English as "One thousand nine hundred (and) eighty-four", but simply as "Nineteen eighty-four".

That's it: you cheat! What you are indeed saying is 19 84, not quite 1984... But that way of doing is so widely accepted... Because numbers in English are soooooo long!...
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:45 pm

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 16):
I've often heard the first 7 dropped, so it is four-seven, three-seven or triple seven.

I use seven four, seven three or trip seven. At SAA a 732 was called a fluffy.

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 32):
How come in English, it is always the seven-seven-seven, rather than seven-seventy seven?

I have only heard seven seven seven used on Sky News.
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:27 pm

In Hindi the names would be:

747 : Saat Sau Saintaalees
777: Saat Sau Sutattar
767: Saat Sau SudSut
737: Saat Say Saintees

Dreamliner 787: Su Swapneeya Saat Sau Suttaasi
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:50 pm

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 8):
Yes. If you speak "French" French, you may say "sept-cent soixant-dix sept." If you speak "good" French (i.e. Swiss French) you would say "sept-cent septante-sept" which makes a lot more sense when counting.

Sure, but it sounds so stupid ...  
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:55 pm

Quoting YokoTsuno (Reply 67):
Is this word related to 'Octet'? I can be wrong, but I believe that the French (or anybody else who speaks French for that matter) use the word 'Octet' to refer to a BYTE. I sometimes hear them use that word.

All that comes from the latin "octo" which means eight, like in October (8th month of the roman calendar), octave, octet ...
In French, it has been derived in "huit".
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:00 pm

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 66):
If "soixante-dix" and "quatre-vingt" were correct, then we should say "cinquante-dix" for 50 or "trois-vingt" for 60. It does not make sense.

Who cares about the logic ? Languages have not much to do with that. It's historic.
Just like in Danish, to say 50 you don't say femti (five ten) like you should, but halvtreds (pronounce hal tress) which means "third half".
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:04 pm

How about, foreign imports.   
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:02 pm

In Germany, I would actually refer to the 777 as "triple seven", i.e. I would use an English expression, or "Sieben Sieben Sieben". "Dreifach-Sieben" (literally triple seven) would be ridiculous, and Siebenhundertsiebenundsiebzig a pain in the mouth.
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:05 pm

Quoting smi0006 (Reply 1):
777 = Triple seven
747 = Seven four seven
767 = Seven six seven
737 = Seven three seven

I never thought of this. I call the 777: seven seven seven. Never anything else. I always call the 727: Seven Twenty Seven. 717 always the seven seventeen. But 737,747,757,767 can be either just the number seven three seven or seven thirty sevent. Funny how it works.
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:50 pm

Quoting flymia (Reply 78):
I never thought of this. I call the 777: seven seven seven. Never anything else. I always call the 727: Seven Twenty Seven. 717 always the seven seventeen. But 737,747,757,767 can be either just the number seven three seven or seven thirty sevent. Funny how it works.

Well, at least we can all agree than the sub-model designations (i.e. 777-300) are called by the whole number, right? (i.e. "three hundred"). I can't imagine flying on a "seven seven seven three zero zero."

[Edited 2011-11-08 10:51:32]
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:12 pm

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 17):
Some French-speaking Swiss outside Geneva (thus, further away from the French border) really get this right: "huitante."

*raises hand* That's how we do it in Valais/Wallis!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 22):
Out of interest how do you says "80"??? Is it still "quatre-vinght"

See above. In Switzerland, most of us say "huitante".

Quoting hOmSaR (Reply 36):
So, would that make the next one neufante? (To keep this on topic, then, that would make Boeing's next new plane the sept cent neufant sept.)

90 is "nonante". A slight variation on "neuf".

Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 45):
I agree. But ... wait ... I'm Swiss

And, apparently, a frequent flyer of my favorite route! GVA-JFK! Where in Switzerland do you live?

Quoting slz396 (Reply 64):
In fact, it should be 'octante' which is perfectly correct French indeed, although not in use anywhere anylonger.

It's still used in Canada. It sounds ridiculous when you hear it said. I was at a baseball game speaking French with my cousins and a lady in front of us turned and asked in her strong Canadian French, "Are you Belgian? You speak a weird French. What does "huitante" mean?" And I told her, " No, we're Swiss. It means 80." And she said, "Oh, I learned it as 'octante'." My cousins and I looked at each other:  Wow!

TIS
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:02 pm

Quoting jsquared (Reply 79):
Well, at least we can all agree than the sub-model designations (i.e. 777-300) are called by the whole number, right? (i.e. "three hundred"). I can't imagine flying on a "seven seven seven three zero zero."

Yes, that is for sure. Always just the number three hundred five hundred etc.. Honestly unless I am with a plane newbie or just out right non-plane person I usually call them 738 or 744 any way. "seven three eight, seven four four.
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:06 pm

Quoting ikramerica (Reply 20):
French in general is a mouthful. Seems about 50% longer than it needs to be, when written anyway, compared to many other languages

As all the Roman languages are (usually up to 25% longer than German languages, assuming English is a German language too).
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:23 pm

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 80):
It's still used in Canada. It sounds ridiculous when you hear it said. I was at a baseball game speaking French with my cousins and a lady in front of us turned and asked in her strong Canadian French, "Are you Belgian? You speak a weird French. What does "huitante" mean?" And I told her, " No, we're Swiss. It means 80." And she said, "Oh, I learned it as 'octante'." My cousins and I looked at each other: Wow!

Never heard that...
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:41 pm

Quoting ikramerica (Reply 20):
French in general is a mouthful. Seems about 50% longer than it needs to be, when written anyway, compared to many other languages.

Your cultural imperialism is showing again, just like the thread you started on AF and so-called (by you) "African diseases".
If you're looking at a translation, the translated text is almost invariably longer than the original. So when a French text is translated into English, the English is usually longer. If you want an example, check out the BEA reports on AF447, or the English version of Quebec legislation.

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 32):
"Tres sale avion." Translated to english means "very dirty airplane."

Ha ha ha. The joke's almost as old as Delta's fleet.
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:06 pm

I really like all your comments ! But believe me we just call them T7 or 772 or 773 ( seven seven two , or seven seven three) and seven fou four for the 744 . All words literately translated in French . That's it . Quite simple . And i can tell you that we love Boeing aircrafs in France for 50 years !! Best wishes denn
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:10 pm

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 80):
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 22):
Out of interest how do you says "80"??? Is it still "quatre-vinght"

See above. In Switzerland, most of us say "huitante".

Huitante is less common in GVA than in the rest of French-speaking Switzerland. Septante and nonante are used everywhere.
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:23 pm

Quoting jsquared (Reply 79):

Well, at least we can all agree than the sub-model designations (i.e. 777-300) are called by the whole number, right? (i.e. "three hundred"). I can't imagine flying on a "seven seven seven three zero zero."

Although a lot of pilots etc say dash... ie Seven Four Seven DASH Four Hundred.
Most people in the industry just say seven four seven four hundred, or seven four four hundred.
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:14 pm

In this video you can see an AF pilot say Boeing 777 in French http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YIBeAhb4IA&feature=feedlik
 
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RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:44 pm

Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 59):
Unless it was a 727 in disguise ( ), you should have heard: ""€&&:,[email protected]" Boeing shapte treizetch shapte. €@'v.€@ ..." ("şapte treizeci şi şapte").

Multumesc for correcting me and nu, it wasn't a TAROM B 727, unfortunately.

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