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French Music – Nach Posted by on Apr 30, 2019

The global music scene is so diverse these days. Musical styles and personal styles mix to give us fun and inspiring songs that reflect a broader sense of the human condition. I really like this song from the French singer Nach and its message. Nach (Anne Chedid) is another scion of the well known Chedid…

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Notre Père Who Art In Heaven – Our Father In French Posted by on Apr 24, 2019

The sad news in Paris last week left thoughts of Notre-Dame in everyone’s head all week. The incredible cathedral and all its art and history also made me realize an interesting connection it has to language. Notre-Dame de Paris is renowned for its beauty and solid place in European history. Over the last millennium, Notre-Dame…

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French Wit Posted by on Apr 23, 2019

When I was first living in France and learning French, understanding humour was one of things that took me the longest. As John discussed recently, a lot of this is due to the fact that so much humour depends on more than simply understanding the words. It’s also because, for the French, humour is an…

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The Age Of Cathedrals – A Notre-Dame Song In French Posted by on Apr 18, 2019

With l’incendie (the fire) earlier this week in Paris, it’s not just les Français (French people) who are mourning, it’s the whole world. When one of humanity’s greatest structures is hit by tragedy, it’s impossible not to feel affected, no matter where you are from. Great monuments suffering such a loss feels like something that…

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Notre-Dame de Paris avant le feu Posted by on Apr 16, 2019

Mon coeur est lourd aujourd’hui (My heart is heavy today). Unless you are on a 24×7 news blackout, I assume by now you’ve all seen the tragic news out of Paris hier (yesterday). In an absolutely shocking turn of events, one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals and un vrai chef-d’oeuvre de l’architecture gothique (a true…

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Looking Into Un Trou Noir – Black Holes In French Posted by on Apr 10, 2019

Today is a special fan for fans of l’espace (space) and all the wonders of the cosmos beyond notre système solaire (our solar system). The international group of scientists behind the Event Horizon Telescope released the first images in history of un trou noir (a black hole)! L’image historique (the historic image) may look a…

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French Culture – Canadian Style Posted by on Apr 9, 2019

While my taste in all things French tends to run to the France French, if you’ve read me before you know that I have family in Québec and I go there from time to time. I also like to keep up when I can with how the culture is evolving up there. This week I…

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