French Canadian Hertel Plus Commercial

This is an early-1990s French Canadian commercial for a cleaning product called Hetel Plus. The commercial continuously repeats “plus propre, plus vite”, cleaner, faster. Lots of cleaning vocabulary here: essuyer (to wipe), la tache (stain), rincer (to rinse) and much more.

Video text and translation

  • Plus propre, plus vite. C’est Hertel Plus.
    Cleaner, faster. It’s Hertel Plus.
  • Pour les taches de doigts de la p’tite Julie.
    For the stains on the fingers of little Julie.
  • Vaporisez et essuyez.
    Spray and wipe.
  • Hertel Plus est puissant et pas besoin de rincer.
    Hertel Plus is powerful and there’s no need to rinse.
  • Avec Hertel Plus, c’est plus propre plus vite, et biodégradable comme tous les produits RTR.
    With Hertel Plus it’s cleaner, faster and biodegradable like all the RTR products.
  • Plus propre, plus vite. C’est Hertel Plus.
    It’s cleaner and faster. It’s Hertel Plus.
  • Pour la saleté sur le barbecue, vaporisez et essuyez.
    For dirtiness on the barbecue, spray and wipe.
  • Hertel Plus veille à vous des pires travaux et pas besoin de rincer.
    Hertel Plus takes care of the worst jobs and no need to rinse.
  • Avec Hertel Plus, c’est plus propre plus vite.
    With Hertel Plus, it’s cleaner and faster.
  • Maintenant avec 200 millilitre en prime.
    Now with a bonus of 200 milliliters.

Vocabulary and grammar of interest

  • Propre (adj). means clean. When placed before a noun it means my own, e.g. ma propre voiture – my own car.
  • Une tache means a stain. With a circumflex accent, tâche (f.) means chore or task.
  • Puissant (adj) means powerful, related to the verb pouvoir (can, able)
  • Pas besoin de – This is short for il n’y pas besoin de, meaning there’s no need to.
  • la saleté – noun for dirtiness, related to the adjective sale (dirty) and verb salir (to make dirty).
  • essuyer – verb: to wipe, dry. Related to les essuie-glaces, windshield wipers.
  • veiller à faire quelque chose (verb): to make sure to do something, to be careful or ensure to do. This verb has lots of meanings.
  • En prime – means as a bonus or more.

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