Top Chrono! Les unités du temps (Time units) Posted by on Feb 24, 2011 in Culture, Music, Vocabulary

Even les débutants(the beginners) at learning the French language should be able to enjoy the French Blog!

Today, we offer you to review with us the basic unités du temps (units of time.)

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* D’abord (first), il y a la seconde (there’s the second.)

“Le tour du monde en 80 secondes” (“Around the world in 80 seconds”)!

Directed by two voyageurs: Romain Pergeaux & Alex Profit. A project done in only 3 semaines (3 weeks.) This route is a tribute to the famous Jules Verne’s book “Le tour du monde en 80 jours”. The making of the video, pictures of the trip and an interview of Alex Profit can be seen at!

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* Ensuite, il y a la minute (then, there is the minute), qui se compose de soixante secondes (which is composed of sixty seconds.)

This short video will be a “blast from the past” for all les nostalgiques of French TV in the 90s!

The générique of the News bulletin on the French channel M6 called “6 Minutes“—Some claim that the music includes a message in Morse code saying “M-6″… Can you confirm this?

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– Soixante minutes nous donnent une heure (Sixty minutes give us an hour.)

“L’heure exquise” (“The Exquisite Hour”) by the French and Venezuelan-born Reynaldo Hahn, a composition which has famously brought fin de siècle symbolist Paul Verlaine to tears

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* Et vingt-quatre heures nous donnent un jour (And twenty four hours give us a day.)

If you are new to the French Blog, you should know that this Noir Désir music video has already been featured here: Un jour en France” (“A Day in France”)

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* 365 jours, and 12 mois (12 months),  forment une année(365 days form a year), except if it is une année bissextile which has 366 days.

Année” as in Bonne année” (“Happy New Year”)!

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* Et cent ans (one hundred years) nous donnent un siècle (give us a century.)

A short video that briefly describes (in French) “le siècle des Lumières” (“The Enlightenment”), which mentions the Duc d’Orléans—A pity that it doesn’t “shed any light”, even briefly, on the rather “obscure role” played by this very same British-backed Duke and his “3 SUiSSES” in undermining the truly bright work of Lafayette and Beaumarchais and their “American-allied faction”!

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* Enfin, dix siècles donne un millénaire (Finally, ten centuries give a millenium)!

Sommet du Millénaire de Montréal (Montreal Millenium Summit):
Many well-intentioned people (among others, with different “time agendas”, of course), aiming to get it “en plein mille” (or “bull’s eye”)!

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  1. andreas:

    Salut, Hichem!
    Quel message magnifique! J’ai pris un grand plaisir à le lire.Merci beaucoup.
    PS: Je voudrais savoir si Hichem est un nom masculin ou féminin. Excuse mon ignorance, s’il te plaît.

    • Hichem:

      @andreas Bonjour Andreas, Hichem est un nom exclusivement masculin!