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Archive for May, 2018

French Music: “Si Tu Veux” by Mumford and Sons Posted by on May 14, 2018

If you’re a diehard Mumford and Sons fan, you might be aware that they’ve released one song in French. “Si Tu Veux” is a collaboration between Mumford and Sons, the Senegalese singer Baaba Maal, the South African pop group Beatenberg, and the producer-vocalist The Very Best. It was released on their Johannesburg EP, which was…

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12 Points for France! How Did France do in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest? Posted by on May 13, 2018

It’s May! If you grew up in Europe (or Australia?), you know the best time of year has finally arrived. It has nothing to do with the warm weather or holidays and everything to do with a little friendly competition between countries. More glitzy than “American Idol” and less heartbreaking stories than “The Voice” is…

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New French Music: Maître GIMS En duo avec Vianney Posted by on May 12, 2018

I’ve already written about the popular French artist Vianney. Well, he’s just come out with a new release en duo (in a duet) with the French rapper Maître GIMS. Maître GIMS is a well known French musician, a former member of the hip-hop group Sexion d’Assaut, and released his third solo album La Ceinture Noire (The Black Belt) in…

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Le Trajet And Rising Water Levels – Commuting Vocabulary In French Posted by on May 9, 2018

Anyone who has ever commuted, whether it’s à l’école ou au bureau (to school or to the office) knows just how annoying anything that slows the the daily trip can be. En France, there is a stereotypical reason for commutes to be delayed that most students and workers have had to use at least once…

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French Music – Bénabar Posted by on May 8, 2018

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I discovered a new French singer this week who I’m excited to share with you. I had never heard of Bénabar despite the fact that his career spans more than 20 years! Le début de la suite (The beginning of the next phase)* is his eighth studio album and features songs that are almost little short…

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And If We Sang – Learning Grammar Through Music Posted by on May 2, 2018

Some things like learning les genres des mots (the gender of words) can take a long time and requires a lot of memorization. If you’re lucky sometimes there’s a catchy song that helps the process and makes practicing grammar something you can do for fun! When learning le français, there are some things that can…

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French Verbs – To Take, To Learn, To Understand Posted by on May 1, 2018

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m hoping – despite the challenges – to one day  teach French full time. In order to be ready for that eventuality, I have gone back to school myself to get a Master’s degree in Education. A recent assignment on learning and understanding got me thinking about those verbs in French… and…

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