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This sign (click to enlarge) from the Pages Jaunes lets us know that Montréal’s got everything we need to get ready for a zombie invasion:

À Montréal, il y a 193 gyms et 5 surplus de l’armée pour vous préparer à une invasion de zombies.

In Montréal, there are 193 gyms and 5 army surplus stores to prepare you for a zombie invasion.

Good to know, I guess!

Gym in French is pronounced like its English equivalent. In the plural, don’t pronounce the final s.

In Québec, le gym is a business where you go to work out, like lift weights or use the stationary bikes. Some gyms even have tanning beds in them.

aller au gym
to go to the gym

Je vais au gym deux fois par semaine.
I go to the gym twice a week.

Un surplus de l’armée is a store that sells army material no longer needed by the military, like clothing and tools.

Down at the bottom of the sign it says:

Téléchargez l’appli et allez-y!
Download the app and go!

une app
une appli
une application

télécharger une app
to download an app

Pronunciation tip: The sign uses the expression il y a. Don’t forget that il y a is almost systematically pronounced as ya during regular (informal) conversations in French.

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Mike Ward is a comedian from Québec. Here’s what he tweeted on 15 July:

Pu de batteries AA pour ma souris, j’en ai patenté une avec une batterie AAA et du papier d’alu… MacGyver serait fier de moi.

Out of AA batteries for my mouse, I improvised one with an AAA battery and some tin foil… MacGyver would be proud of me.

1. pu de

This is an informal pronunciation of plus de, as in “no more left (of something).” For example, y’a pu d’lait is an informal pronunciation of il n’y a plus de lait.

2. une batterie

In French everywhere, une batterie refers to the battery of a car. In Québec, batterie can also refer to household batteries used in gadgets, like an AA or AAA battery — une pile. It’s in this sense that Ward used it.

3. patenter

The verb patenter here is used in the sense of inventing or concoting stuff, à la MacGyver. In this case, Ward says that he improvised an AA battery.

Patenter in this sense is a québécois usage. In an Urbania article, we find this example of use: patenter une app, which means “to come up with an app,” but more in the sense of concocting one.

4. du papier d’alu

Alu is an informal short form for aluminium.

@MikeWardca

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