1. Abijah New Member

    English
    how do u say bowiling alley in french =
     
  2. mdb Senior Member

    Manchester, UK.
    UK English
  3. edwingill Senior Member

    England English
    "piste de bowling".
     
  4. mdb Senior Member

    Manchester, UK.
    UK English
    Well that is a lane, though, isn't it? Whereas a bowling alley is generally the name for the centre you go to that has lots of different bowling lanes.
     
  5. Meille Senior Member

    Quebec, Canada
    English
    Salle de quilles.
     
  6. DearPrudence

    DearPrudence Dépêche Mod (AL mod)

    IdF
    French (lower Normandy)
    Hello Abijah and welcome to the forums :)

    Mdb is right. The building is simply called:
    "un bowling" in French from France ("salle de quilles" sound funny to my French from France (that's a bit wordy now :rolleyes:) ears :D)

    Abijah, could you please explain what you meant exactly?
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2012
  7. Keith Bradford

    Keith Bradford Senior Member

    Brittany, NW France
    English (Midlands UK)
    Not round here, where we have one bowling and a hundred allées de boules. In fact, Abijah, you need to know what game you're referring to. Is it the modern mechanised 9-pin type (un bowling), the older game of skittles (salle de quilles) or the outdoor game similar to pétanque (allée de boules) ?
     
  8. Meille Senior Member

    Quebec, Canada
    English
    On ne dirait pas ici non plus 'on va à la salle de quilles' plutôt 'on va jouer aux quilles' (comme on ne dirait pas en anglais 'we're going to the bowling alley' mais 'we're going bowling').
    Mais la question était bien comment dire 'bowling alley'.
    (PS We play with 10 pins, not nine.)
     
  9. Pedro y La Torre Senior Member

    Paris, France
    English (Ireland)
    I think it's 60/40 between salon/salle de quilles and "bowling" in French Canada.
     
  10. Keith Bradford

    Keith Bradford Senior Member

    Brittany, NW France
    English (Midlands UK)
    Si. 3.8 million hits on Google.

    You're right! The nine pins were the original European skittles, forbidden (I believe) by American Puritans. So the players added a tenth pin to get round the law.
     

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