The Quebecois term "la crème glacée" was rejected as a translation for "ice cream," which seems unfair. It should at least be allowed as one of the alternate suggestions.
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Bonjour E and Maarten,
Thank you for your research work, Maarten! After researching and discussing this with the French language, we've decided that, in this context, "crème glacée" is a correct alternative, although it is quite formal in France.
- both "glace" and "crème glacée" are possible in the context of a food critic, talking about gastronomy etc.
- in everyday speech, "glace" is the best option - people might give you a bit of a funny look, if you ask for "une crème glacée" at a little ice-cream van by a beach for example ;-)
I hope this is helpful.
Céline, interestingly Larousse does list crème glacée as a synonym for 'glace', but from the French cooking sites I use a lot (especially L'Académie du Gout), it seems to be used more in the general sense to refer to ice cream as an ingredient/component in desserts, rather than specifically to 'an ice cream'.
Thanks Céline - I actually went looking because my initial response was that I had never heard anyone use anything other ‘une glace’ for ‘an ice cream’, and was very surprised when Larousse listed it as synonym, without context.
I think it would be a mistake for anyone wanting to know metropolitan French to get the idea that asking for ‘une crème glacée’ was equivalent in usage to ‘une glace’ in France.
Far too important a topic to get the vocabulary wrong !
Maarten and Céline, thank you both for looking into it. At the very least, it's been a great etymology and vocab lesson for me!
Maarten, funny enough, I had the opposite experience living in Québec and learning Québec French. I have had many a "crème glacée," and didn't realize that it was dialectal until this exercice, when I went to look up why the answer didn't match.
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