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Its just too nice to work Posted by on Jun 8, 2021 in Environment, Music, Vocabulary

After a few too many weekends pluvieux1rainy weekends, I was thrilled to wake up this Saturday to un beau ciel tout bleu et un grand soleil2a beautiful blue sky and a big sun. On a day like that its hard to get anything done because its just too nice to work!

Photo by Mabel Amber from Pexels

Il fait trop beau pour travailler

The weather got me thinking about this fun song from the French musical group Les Parisiennes.

One of the original 60’s yéyé girl groups, Les Parisiennes were recently “reconstructed” with a contemporary and cosmopolitan line-up including the Malian model, actress, and singer Inna Modja 3Check out her very fun song, French Cancan here. , the Franco-American actress, singer, writer and producer Arielle Dombasle, the Tahitian-born actress and singer Mareva Galanter, and the Belgian writer and singer Helena Noguerra.

Il fait trop beau pour travailler It’s too nice to work
Ce serait dommage de rester enfermés It would be too bad to stay indoors (lit. enclosed)
Quand le soleil brille dans tous les squares When the sun is shining in all the parks (lit. squares)
Et sur les terrasses des grands boulevards4Many of les grands boulevards are a result of the works of Baron Hassumann. And on the terraces of the boulevards
Il fait trop beau pour travailler It’s too nice to work
Ça c’est un temps à aller se balader This kind of weather is for taking a walk
Partons dans la nature et vive la liberté Let’s head out into nature and let liberty reign
Il fait trop beau pour travailler It’s too nice to work
Il fait trop beau pour travailler It’s too nice to work
Ce serait dommage de ne pas en profiter It would be too bad not to take advantage
Laissons là nos cahiers et nos bouquins Let’s leave our notebooks and our books behind
Ils peuvent bien attendre jusqu’à demain They can wait until tomorrow
Il fait trop beau pour travailler It’s too nice to work
Ça c’est un temps à ne pas se fatiguer This kind of weather demands the minimum of effort (lit. is a time not to tire oneself)
Prenons vite le large et vive la liberté Let’s go far and let liberty reign
Il fait trop beau pour travailler It’s too nice to work
Il fait trop beau pour travailler It’s too nice to work
Vous les garçons restez-là si vous voulez You boys can stay here if you want to
Mais l’air est léger et le ciel est bleu But the air is light and the sky is blue
C’est le temps rêvé pour les amoureux It’s dream weather for lovers
Il fait trop beau pour travailler It’s too nice to work
Nous on s’en va et on vous laisse les clés We’re leaving and we’ll leave you the keys
Mais si vous voulez nous suivre vive la liberté But if you want to follow, let liberty reign
Il fait trop beau pour travailler … It’s too nice to work …

For a different take, check out the original Parisiennes in this classic clip.

Il fait pas partout beau

Sadly, its not great weather everywhere. Last week the French city of Reims was inundated when des pluies diluviennes5torrential rains brought two months worth of rain in just one afternoon! Roads became rivers, blocking cars and trucks and flooding shops and basements. You can see the impressive footage in this news report.6Listen closely around the 1 minute mark. Despite the article’s title and the details below the video, the reporter seems to say that l’équivalent de deux SEMAINES de precipitation / the equivalent of two WEEKS of rain fell, not two moths.

Eurovision

While we’re on the subject of songs, I need to correct a lapse in my coverage from a few weeks back. As I mentioned back at the end of April, the Eurovision song contest was back this year … and France came in second! I totally missed it at the time so here’s a link where you can watch a live performance of Barbara Pravi singing her song Voilà.

French Language – Time and Temperature

  • 1
    rainy weekends
  • 2
    a beautiful blue sky and a big sun
  • 3
    Check out her very fun song, French Cancan here.
  • 4
    Many of les grands boulevards are a result of the works of Baron Hassumann.
  • 5
    torrential rains
  • 6
    Listen closely around the 1 minute mark. Despite the article’s title and the details below the video, the reporter seems to say that l’équivalent de deux SEMAINES de precipitation / the equivalent of two WEEKS of rain fell, not two moths.
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About the Author: Tim Hildreth

Lise: Maybe not always. Paris has ways of making people forget. / Jerry: Paris? No, not this city. It's too real and too beautiful. It never lets you forget anything. It reaches in and opens you wide, and you stay that way. / An American in Paris


Comments:

  1. Meg:

    This is great, thank you! I remember my French teacher showing us yéyé group videos in high school.
    One of the lyrics is “Ils peuvent bien attendre jusqu’à demain”– does “il peut bien attendre” just mean “it can wait” without any particular connotation, or is it a bit dismissive (in which case, I wouldn’t want to say it to a coworker)?

    • Tim Hildreth:

      @Meg Merci, Meg! I have also been a fan of that period of French music and I love seeing these updates. Il peut (or even Ça peut) attendre doesn’t have to be dismissive (in this case – where they’re singing about their books – it’s likely not … however if they had said “ils peuvent bien attendre … ” when singing about/to the garçons, it might be taken as a bit dismissive or teasing). Like many things, it all depends on the context.


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