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je ne sais quoi

A positive or pleasant quality that is difficult to define. This French phrase translates to "I don't know what" in English. She had a certain je ne sais quoi that men found quite attractive.
See also: Ne

ˌje ne sais ˈquoi

/%Z@ n@ seI "kwA:/ (from French, often humorous) a good quality that is difficult to describe: He has that je ne sais quoi that distinguishes a professional from an amateur.It has a certain je ne sais quoi that really appeals to me.
The meaning of the French phrase is ‘I do not know what’.
See also: Ne
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My answer was negative (Jenesais pas /I do not know followed or not by Moi, je ne sais pas/Me, I do not know/) but my interlocutor insists (e.
Na Figura 3 sao apresentados os resultados para um mesmo modelo alternando as concentracoes de sais entre aguas do rio e lencol freatico sendo, na Figura 3A, um rio de agua doce e lencol freatico salinizado e na Figura 3B um rio de agua salinizada e lencol freatico com agua doce.
Furthermore, in view of the politics of legislative reform of administrative structures in the 1990s (Gallego and Barzelay, 2010) and the managerial devolution process that has been implemented in Spain (Bastida and Benito, 2006), it could be interesting to apply the model designed in this paper to the SAIs of the Regional Governments in Spain in order to see if they are taking advantage of new technologies as a means to make accountability effective by external auditing bodies.
Por ocasiao da primeira contagem de germinacao (Figura 2), observou-se que as condicoes de estresse salino proporcionaram menor germinacao inicial das sementes a medida que foi aumentando a concentracao de sais utilizados (NaCl, KCl e Ca[Cl.
Neste trabalho, apresenta-se o desenvolvimento de um novo processo de cromatizacao com baixos teores de sais de cromo trivalente, e que opera a temperatura ambiente.
Pour moi le passereau est gris, car je sais trop bien sa couleur.
Foram conduzidos dois experimentos: no primeiro, os niveis de salinidade foram obtidos pela adicao de NaCl e, no segundo experimento, os niveis de salinidade foram obtidos pela adicao da mistura dos sais NaCl, Ca[Cl.
Dagmar said that SAIS aims to implement strengthened and well-functioning national innovation ecosystems in all participating countries by 2015, which will entrench a system.
The statement included a recommendation to enhance cooperation between EU SAIs and the ECA by sharing lessons learned and best practices as well as by identifying public audit gaps and the potential for new audit tasks and new partnerships, and considering the development of specific audit methods.
The restaurants exude atmosphere and charm, embodying the style and je ne sais quoi of French dining since opening in 1989.
Based at the SAIS South Asia Studies Programme, Jawad most recently served concurrently for seven years as the Afghan ambassador to the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico.
And while nothing will ever recapture the certain je ne sais quoi he had on Going Live
Summary: ALGIERS -- More than two thirds the Energy risk of the national group Sonatrach is covered by international insurance companies, the rest being covered by a consortium of four Algerian insurers, said Monday from the Chairman and CEO of the Insurance Company of hydrocarbons (Cash), Nacer Sais.
As areas de semiarido, devido ao deficit hidrico, com a irrigacao, muitas vezes apresentam acUmulo de sais no solo, que compromete a formacao de mudas e a capacidade produtiva das culturas, inclusive da goiabeira (Ferreira et al.