Mardi, défi #2 | Une semaine, 7 défis

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Bonjour à tous ! Voici votre deuxième défi de la semaine !

La compréhension orale est une des compétences les plus difficiles à acquérir, il est donc très important de s’immerger dans la langue française le plus possible.

Aujourd’hui, vous allez écouter un podcast :

A1 : Armand récite " En rêve j'ai trouvé " de Madeleine Ley

A2 : Sasha récite Léopold " Poème à mon frère blanc " Sédar Senghor

B1 : 7 ans et 28 ans - L'amitié

B2 : 36 et 58 ans - La cuisine


Good morning, everyone! This is your second challenge of the week!

Listening is one of the most difficult skills to acquire, so it is very important to immerse yourself in the French language as much as possible.

Today, you will listen to a podcast:

A1 : Armand récite " En rêve j'ai trouvé " de Madeleine Ley

A2 : Sasha récite Léopold " Poème à mon frère blanc " Sédar Senghor

B1 : 7 ans et 28 ans - L'amitié

B2 : 36 et 58 ans - La cuisine


¡Buenos días a todos! Este es vuestro segundo desafío de la semana!

La comprensión oral es una de las habilidades más difíciles de adquirir, por lo que es muy importante sumergirse en la lengua francesa tanto como sea posible.

Hoy escucharéis un podcast:

A1 : Armand récite " En rêve j'ai trouvé " de Madeleine Ley

A2 : Sasha récite Léopold " Poème à mon frère blanc " Sédar Senghor

B1 : 7 ans et 28 ans - L'amitié

B2 : 36 et 58 ans - La cuisine

Improve your French listening skills during your commute 

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My students always find listening the most difficult skill to master. Fortunately, with the internet, there are many tools you can use to progress. Podcasting is one of them. It can help you improve, your comprehension of French or indeed your students' and your families'. 

I recommend you listen to one podcast a day during your commute and remember that if the broadcasters speak too fast, you can change the pace of your episode within your application.

Here is a selection of French podcasts you may enjoy : 

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Un enfant, un poème avec Édouard Baer (Beginners) 

From Monday to Thursday, Édouard Baer asks a child to read a poem

 

 
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A ton âge (Intermediate)

Every Sunday, two people from different ages tell a story around the same word. 

 

 

RFI - Le journal en français facile (Intermediate - Advanced) 

The RFI news is broadcasted every day.

La Classe      

Listen to monologues and dialogues about education, politics, employability, society and culture. Listen to my guests' favourite songs. Download the worksheets available on my website.

 

Les pieds sur terre (Intermediate - Advanced) 

This podcast was inspired by the famous programme This American Life. This radio documentary broadcasts two or three radio episodes around the same theme without any commentary.

 

À la dérive with Aurélie Sfez (Intermediate)

Every Sunday, an artist takes a stroll with Aurélie Sfez  and takes her to his or her favourite places in Paris. A lovely podcast which will make you discover new artists and the places in Paris that inspire them. 

Le masque et la plume (Advanced) 

Every Sunday, Jérôme Garcin and his reviewers go over the last films, books and plays.  

La librarie francophone (Advanced) 

Authors and booksellers from France, Switzerland, Canada and Belgium talk about books that make the news in their respective countries.

 
 

10 French songs that were subsequently adapted into English

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Whenever I hear an English song which I think has been adapted from a French song, I often say to my husband: "Oh! I love the French original version."  To what my husband replies: "I think the original version is actually the English version." After a few "No, it isn’t." and “Yes, it is.", we agree to "Google" it.

I did a bit of research about "la chanson française" and I have decided to share with you a list of 10 French songs that were subsequently adapted into English. Sometimes, I must admit, the English version sounds better than the French one and/or was even more popular than the original version… 

This is a non-exhaustive list so please add any song (preferably the two versions) you think of in a comment below if you wish! 

 

1. La vie en rose by Edith Piaf (1947) / La vie en rose by Luis Armstrong (1950)

2. La mer by Charles Trénet (1946) / Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin (1959)  

3. Pour toi by Dario Moreno (1957) / Feeling by Andy Williams 

4. Et maintenant by Gilbert Becaud (1961) / What Now My Love by Elvis Presley (1973)

5. Amsterdam by Jacques Brel (1964) / Amsterdam by David Bowie (1973)

6. Un homme et une femme by Nicole Croisille et Pierre Baroud (1966) / A man And a Woman by Ella Fitzgerald (1971) 

7. Il est mort le soleil by Nicoletta (1967) / The Sun Died by Ray Charles (1967) 

8. Comme d’habitude by Claude François (1967) / My Way by Frank Sinatra (1969)

9. Le monde est stone by Fabienne Thibault (1978) / The World is Stone by Cyndi Lauper (1992)

10. Quand j’ai peur de tout by Patricia Kaas (1997) / Too lost in you by Sugababes (2003)