mardi 10 mars 2015

Jerome Jarre and Liter of Light

A while ago, I found Jérôme Jarre via this link that I posted in this blogpost. He is a 24 year old French social media sensation. He doesn't really have much on his YouTube (despite having almost a million subscribers!) but I felt compelled to find out more about him. He's apparently very active on Vine but I didn't want to have to install yet another app on my phone (you can watch his Vines online though but he hasn't updated it since Nov since he's now more active on Snapchat).

The first video of his that I watched (on YouTube) was this one.

Sorry for the spoiler but I was so humbled by the fact that he turned down a million dollar deal. Why? Because he didn't believe in them and their project. In this video he also talks candidly about his childhood and early life and how he used to be so insecure... and then, how a trip to China changed his life and how he found fame on Vine.

The second video I watched is this one where he appears on the Ellen Show and features some of his hilarious 6 second Vine videos.

I love watching video blogs (vlogs) on YouTube. It's like my (almost) daily dose of 'reality tv' and I prefer that they are real people and not b-list celebrities.

So anyway, meanwhile... When I first heard of Snapchat I thought it was the dumbest app ever and couldn't believe it was so popular. I guess most people know it as a sexting app and since I don't sext, I didn't install it let alone use it.

However, some people that I follow have started posting vlogs on Snapchat which made me try it out. I still haven't uploaded a single thing (and probably never will) but I enjoy watching the vlogs on it. They come out much faster than the YouTube ones so they are practically shown in 'real time'.

So anyway, I started following a few people and then remembered Jerome, wondering if he was on it. I searched for his name 'jeromejarre' and was pleasantly surprised that he has an account on there too.

I've really really enjoyed his videos and photos. It's actually quite a shame you can only view them once before they are gone :(

He went to the Philippines to support one of his fan's projects "Liter of Light", providing light to rural areas without electricity. I was fascinated and moved by Jerome's kind gesture to fly all the way there to help these people.

You can read a bit more about him and Snapchat here and about the "Liter of Light" project here.

I really really like this guy. He seems humble and down to earth despite his huge popularity and enormous success (8 million followers on Vine) and really wants to use his fame for good and to help others and not just to make huge amounts of money. He seems friendly, likeable, overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic and of course being super cute and having a killer smile helps! ;)

I don't know what he'll do in the future but I'm sure he's got a great future ahead of him if he keeps doing what he's doing.

Check out his snapchats. They are funny and entertaining and they really put a smile on my dial every time I watch them :)

vendredi 27 février 2015

Dis-moi encore que tu m'aimes - Gaetan Roussel Song Lyrics

I've been having this playlist on replay over rand over again. It's French hits from the years 2010-2011. I liked those years because that's when I really got into listening to French pop music. I like almost all the songs in this playlist. The first one is this one which is cute and catchy (although the lyrics are quite sad :( )

Paroles officielles (official lyrics)

Dis-Moi Encore Que Tu M'Aimes
Gaëtan Roussel

Courir à perdre haleine

Sous les étoiles, on nous voit à peine
La nuit chasse les dilemnes
Dis-moi encore que tu m'aimes
Des amours, des questions me reviennent
As-tu retrouvé les tiennes?
Et si l'on rejouait toutes les scènes
Dis-moi encore que tu m'aimes
Le soleil, les fleurs, les persiennesLes pluies vont être diluviennes
Sens-tu le parfum que le vent ramène
Dis-moi encore que tu m'aimes

Entends-tu la mécanique?

Quand se déroule le générique?
Et si l'on rejouait toutes les scènes?
Dis-moi encore que tu m'aimes
Et si on modifiait les thèmes?
Dis-moi encore que tu m'aimes
Et si l'on rejouait toutes les scènes?
Dis-moi encore que tu m'aimes

La vie reste fragile tout de même

Et ce trafic qui nous amène
Et si l'on rejouait toutes les scènes?
Dis-moi encore que tu m'aimes
Et si l'on modifiait les thèmes?


Running breathlessly
Under the stars, we barely see ourselves
The night chases away our problems
Tell me again that you love me
Loves, the questions come back to me
Have you found yours?
And if we played back all the scenes
Tell me again that you love me
The sun, the flowers, the shutters
The rain will be heavy
Do you smell the scent the wind brings back
Tell me again that you love me

Do you hear the mechanics?
When the credits roll?
And if we played back all the scenes?
Tell me again that you love me
And if we were to change the subjects?
Tell me again that you love me
And if we played back all the scenes?
Tell me again that you love me

Life stays fragile anyway
And this traffic which brings us 
And if we played back all the scenes?
Tell me again that you love me
And if we changed the subjects?

vendredi 13 février 2015

Into the Woods / Promenons-nous dans les bois

Into the Woods / Promenons-nous dans les bois

In France you can watch films in VO (version originale) ie in the original language or VF (version française) ie dubbed in French. I always choose to watch films in VO no matter what the original language is, so I watch French films in French, English films in English, German films in German, etc etc.

and when I watch them in English I like to read the subtitles in French as it helps me learn new vocabulary. These days I don't learn that many new words except slang or colloquial words (words that they don't teach you in class or in textbooks) or words that are technical eg related to a particular job (words that you don't often use in every day life).

So anyway I was watching this new Disney film "Into the woods", called "Promenons-nous dans les bois" in French (Let's walk in the woods) and while reading the subtitles I was like.. Gee... I only know half these words!!!   (I mean the lyrics sung during certain songs).

Then I remembered... that reading kids books can actually be harder than reading adult books (in a foreign language). The reason (IMHO) is that if you are reading an adult fiction or non-fiction book, a magazine, a newspaper or a website you are more than likely somewhat already familiar with the subject matter (and more than likely already read something similar in English or your own language). However, you (ie adults) are not familar with "fairytale language", the language used in this film.

Here you have all sorts of characters, creatures, and a heck of a lot of verbs that I have never learnt and will probably never use.... I was astounded by how few words I knew and yet if you ask a native speaker 8 or 10 year old they probably know all of them.

So if you want to dramatically increase your vocabulary go read some kids' story books! ;)

(sorry this wasn't a movie review but if you want a quick one... I think the first half is quite good but the second half isn't so great IMHO and many reviewers online seem to agree!). I was expecting something like "Oz the great and powerful" or "Maleficent" (also by Disney) but it wasn't up to that calibre, and unlike Frozen the songs aren't that memorable or catchy. My main complaint is that there are too many characters so not enough character development or depth and you can't feel any emotion or sympathy for any of them really).

Speaking of vocabulary, not sure if I've posted this before (I don't think so) but this Youtube video came up while I was searching for something and then I remembered I had seen it before, years ago (when I first started this blog).

I don't know how old this girl is... 2? 3? 4? but she has an incredible vocabulary and listen to all her perfect grammatical structures.. I don't even think I can use that many different tenses in one short story. Incredible.

French cute kid tells a story (Winnie the pooh)

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