Archive for December, 2010

From the French Caribbean with Love

Posted on 31. Dec, 2010 by in Culture, Geography, Music, People, Vocabulary

We usually have DMCV’s here in the French Blog, but today’s DMCV is the most special of them all. That’s why Jennie and I want to wish UNE TRÈS BONNE ANNEE 2011 À TOUS NOS AMIS ICI (A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011 TO ALL OUR FRIENDS HERE)!

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Everybody knows the Caribbean. But how about the French Caribbean?

What countries are part of it?

You don’t exactly know?

Seriously, what would you do without the French Blog! :)

Well, these are la Guadeloupe, la Martinique, la Guyane(most of “la Compagnie Créole” are from these three), in addition to la DominiqueSaint-Barthélemy, Sainte Lucie, Saint Martin, and, finally—the one that really needs and deserves a bonne année 2011 after this year: Haiti.

Where to locate the French Caribbean on the map!
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And now we leave you in good company, namely la Compagnie Créole, and tell you: See you l’année prochaine (next year)!
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* Bonne Année —La Compagnie Créole:

Bonne Année

Happy New Year

Meilleurs souhaits

Best Wishes

La joie dans les coeurs

Delight in the hearts

Bonne Année

Happy New Year

Meilleurs Souhaits

Best wishes

Santé et Bonheur

Health and Happiness

Que l’année nouvelle

May the New Year

Soit la plus belle et plus belle

Be the most beautiful and more beautiful

Bonne Année

Happy New Year

Meilleurs souhaits

Best wishes

Amour, Chance, et Succès

Love, Luck, and Success

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Quand minuit sonne

When the midnight bell rings

Une page es tournée

A page is turned

On abandonne soucis et regret

We leave behind worry and regret

L’année est morte; vive la nouvelle année !

The year is dead; long live the new year!

La nuit de la saint sylvestre

The night of Saint Sylvester

On s’amuse et on oublie tous

We have fun and we forget everything

La nuit de la saint sylvestre

The night of Saint Sylvester

On s’amuse on fait les fous

We have fun and go crazy

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Embrassons nous, les cloches carillonnent

Let’s kiss, the bells chime

Embrassons nous, l’année sera bonne

Let’s kiss, the year will be good

Que le champagne commence a coulé

Let the champagne start flowing

La nuit de la saint sylvestre

The night of Saint Sylvester

Est une nuit de folie

Is a night of craziness

La nuit de la saint sylvestre

The night of Saint Sylvester

Tous les rêves sont permis

All the dreams are allowed

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La nuit commence sur un air de fête

The night starts on an air of partying

On chantent, on dansent, faut pas que ça arrête

We sing, we dance, it must not stop

Pour que la fête dure toute l’année

So that the party goes on the whole year

Prenons le bon côte de la vie

Let’s take the good side of life

Et la vie nous sourira

And life will smile to us

Prenons le bon côté de la vie

Let’s take the good side of life

la vie nous enchantera

Life will delight us

What was the “événement majeur” of 2010 (Part 2)

Posted on 29. Dec, 2010 by in News, Vocabulary

We still go through the main événements that marked the year 2010.

Yesterday we went up to le mois d’avril (the month of April), and today we pick it up from le mois de juin (the month of June)!

* So far, many of you have selected la Coupe du monde de football de 2010 (the 2010 Football World Cup) organized in l’Afrique du Sud (South Africa) as l’événement majeur de 2010 !

If you think that the 2010 World Cup is the “événement majeur” of 2010, then “Paul le Poulpe” (“Paul the Octopus”) must be “le personnage majeur” of 2010!

* La sonde spatiale européenne (The European space probe) calledRosetta” is in the European unes des journaux (in the headlines) (Ah, in case you make a mistake, that has nothing to do with our outclassed “stone(-aging)” would-be competitor!) The sonde was able tofly over the Lutèce asteroide… Now, if you’re not too familiar with early French history (don’t worry, many French people aren’t anyways!), the name “Lutèce” is actually the old denomination of the “City of Lights”, namely the City of Paris!

* Based on your initial reactions to yesterday’s post on our Facebook page, the next contender besides the 2010 World Cup is the sudden emergence of Wikileaks. Le site publie presque 100 000 rapports internes du gouvernement américain (the site publishes almost 100,000 US Government internal reports) on its “War on Terror.”

Santa, on reading a WikiLeaks report: “Okaaay! This year, I can exactly tell who are the nice ones from the bad ones…”

* 39 mineurs (meaning miners, not minors—It’s the same word in French, so watch out!) in Chile are trapped sous terre (underground.) They will stay there for a record of 69 days.

* La fin officielle de la guerre d’Irak (The official end of the Iraq War.)

That petite combine (little trick) would never have worked on the French populace! You wonder why? En fait (In fact), it all boils down to a  matter of ortographe pure (mere  spelling, that is), as it so seems: IraQ (in English) is spelled in French IraK!

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* And the final candidat for the “événement majeur” of 2010 is… Les grèves contre la réforme des retraites en France ! (The mass strikes against the retirement reform in France.) Maybe les pays du monde entiers (the countries of whole of world) have since a long time already considered les deux mots (the two words) Français (French—in case you still don’t know that!) and the word grève populaire (popular strike) to be exact synonyms!

What was the “événement majeur” of 2010?- (Part 1)

Posted on 28. Dec, 2010 by in Geography, News, People, Vocabulary

 

What is, selon vous (according to you), l’événement majeur de l’année 2010 (the major event of the 2010 year)?
Examinons l’année 2010 de plus près (Let’s take a closer look at the year 2010)!
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To help you “refrench” your memory (Ok, I meant “refresh“—but zis is Ze French Blog after all), here is for you a little aide-mémoire (a French word that designates anything that helps you remember something), or a “reminder” if you will, ofthe events that made la une des journaux (the headlines of the newspapers.)
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Ready? Flashback, almost one year ago already!
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-Le gratte-ciel (skyscraper) Burj Khalifa in Dubai setsun nouveau record (a new record): It is the tallest man-made building ever built!
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- La Coupe d’Afrique des Nations (The African Cup of Nations 2010) opens on a very sad note: Le bus de l’équipe du Togo de football (the bus of the Togo Football team) is under attack. Deux membres sont tués (Two members are killed), et neuf personnes sont blessées (Nine people are wounded.) The team is forced to withdraw from the competition.
.                                    Cabinda, Angola, where the deadly attaque du bus took place
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- Also in janvier, another événement tragique hit Haïti, on an even worse scale: Un tremblement de terre (an earthquake) of 7.1 magnitude, followed by a second one a few days later.  Il y a eu environs 220 000 victimes (There has been about 222,000 victims)
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.                            “Earthquake in Haiti: A pain for them, a challenging test for us”
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- It seems now common to own one or see people walking around with it, but it only made its first appearance at the end of January: It’s la tablette numérique called iPad, personally announced by Apple‘s CEO, Steve Jobs. Le iPad is un mélange between Macintosh and le iPhone.
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Apple’s CEO explains to les Guignols de l’Info why you have to keep buying his “MUST-HAVE” new products: “Parce que c’est une révolution !
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In février begin les Jeux olympiques d’hiver de 2010 de Vancouver (The 2010 Winter Olympics are held in Vancouverand Whistler, Canada.)
About a month after the Haiti tragedy, it was Chile‘sturn to suffer an incredible 8.8 sur l’échelle de Richter earthquake. L’onde de choc (the shock wave) caused a huge tsunami that traveled through l’océan Pacifique. It was the largest tremblement de terre ever recorded in history.