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Une seconde, une minute, une heure Posted by on Sep 18, 2011 in Culture, Music, Uncategorized, Vocabulary

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

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 and Alex Profit. A project completed 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 viewed at!

* 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 hit some readers as a “blast from the past”, especially the most 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 that says “M-6″… Can you confirm this?

– 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 famously brought fin de siècle symbolist Paul Verlaine to tears

* 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”)

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

Annéeas in Bonne année” (“Happy New Year”)!

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

A short video briefly describing (in French) “le siècle des Lumières” (“The Enlightenment”), and mentions the Duc d’Orléans—A pity that it doesn’t “shed any light”, even summarily, 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, Beaumarchais, and their “American-allied faction”!

* 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” (“bull’s eye”, that is)!

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  1. Eric Yuen:

    Bonjour Hichem,
    Another rendition of L’heure Exquise by baritone Gino Quilico, accompanied by Alain Lefevre on the piano, is equally beautiful and enchanting.
    You can find that piece on the CD, Le Secret
    KIC-CD-7412. 1997 Koch International Inc.
    Enjoy et merci beaucoup pour votre poste.

  2. Hichem:

    Je vous remercie également!