Another archer swapped me a pretty neat story. His wife's family is from France, and when they visited, his father-in-law introduced him every time with "He's Canadian." And the significance was, people in France associate Canada with their liberation, and they were really happy to welcome a Canadian. Everywhere, including snail-gathering!
As it happens, he and everybody around me was Francophone, which made me grin. Years ago, I took summer language bursary course in New Brunswick, and at the time I was like, "In Toronto, we seem to have every language but our other official one." Turns out I was being a nincompoop. Now I know lots of people who speak it, and lots for whom it's their mother tongue. Including this guy's little daughter, and they've been having lots of hang-out time together doing archery. Her dad said it's easier for her to understand, and if I feel like practising, they're there a lot.
I gave it a go, and I was pretty rusty, but I'll be ready next time. So I've prepped myself a list of the basic words that should be handy when I meet them again doing archery:
archery - tir à l'arc
to draw (the bow) - bander or tendre
to shoot - tirer
bow and arrows - arc et flèches
(Originally, I mistakenly exclaimed that they just call archery 'pull the bow.' However, a Twitter friend, @beordma, corrected a few of my mistakes. Actually, I give him all the credit for this glossary at this point. In this case 'tir' isn't the verb. It's a noun that denotes it's a sport. Interesting. It can be 'to pull'. It can also be 'to fire something'. Also, 'to give a kick'. Which I guess has a sense that's similar to 'to fire'.)
target - cible
bullseye - turned up a lot of things, but boudine seems to refer to a thing called bullseye glass, (there's also an architectural feature called an oeil de boeuf but let's not dwell on that), faire un carton is to hit the mark or be a hit, and it seems like the word we want is one of tireur, mille, or mouche. @beordma favours tirer dans la mille but he can't account for the funny translation, 'hit it in the thousand'. Thanks for helping me get it right, @beordma!
So, there you go. Join me in returning the complimentary feelings to French people by using their language. Vive la France!