Category Archive: French language

Feb 04 2012

escaping… your cultural identity

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I often feel an affinity with the French language, and some words in particular make perfect sense to me, are more natural to me than English words. Take, for example, the verb “parler”, which is “to speak”. “I speak” is “je parle”. Of course I parle. You parles, we parlons, they parlent. There’s more onomatopoeic …

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Aug 14 2010

The bloke from the grave next door–in Paris

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One day last month I noticed a poster in the Metro with this intrguing title, although of course in French: Le mec a la tombe d’a cote (sorry about lack of accents, but this blogging program seems to lack them). On closer inspection, I saw that it was an advertisement for a play…

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May 23 2010

No escaping audio-books (for improving your French)

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My niece and I have spent the afternoon talking about ways to improve her French. She learned French up to year 12 level so has all the basics in place, but although she lives in the UK she doesn’t get over to France very often to practise. So I showed her the Radio France Apprendre …

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Sep 05 2009

Improving your French—in Australia AND France

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  I’ve blogged before about Radio France International, and in particular their Apprendre (Learn French) section. I attribute my (albeit very quotidian) fluency almost entirely to this service—or at least to the way in which I make use of it.   It all began a few years ago when I was in the middle of …

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Apr 14 2009

No Escaping La Princesse de Clèves

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When I was diligently poring over the canonical 17th century French novel La Princesse de Clèves last year during my French literature class in Melbourne, the last thing I would have imagined was La Princesse becoming a symbol of resistance to President Sarkozy. Sarkozy seems to have borne a grudge against La Princesse for quite …

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Mar 31 2009

Message for Sarkozy

As my friend Marc Cogan commented in the previous post, the recent general strike had as its unofficial slogan Sarkozy’s comment, although this time directed back at him, “Casse-toi, pauv’ con” – “Bugger off, you sorry asshole.” Around two-thirds of the marchers were wearing this slogan in some form, and Marc managed to get a …

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