vendredi 14 août 2009

French greetings and wishes featuring bon(ne) (good)

  When meeting someone When leaving someone the morning bonjour bonne journée /
bonne matinée the afternoon bon après-midi the evening bonsoir bonne soirée night bonne nuit

From French Tutorial - Bonjour or Bonne journée


Bon anniversaire!

(also Joyeux anniversaire!)

Happy Birthday!

Bonne Année!

Happy New Year!

Bonne chance /
Bon courage /
Bonne continuation!

Good Luck!

Bon voyage!

Have a safe journey!

Bonnes vacances!

Have a good holiday!

Bon appétit

Enjoy your/the meal
(lit. good appetite)

Bon lundi / mardi / marcredi / jeudi / vendredi / samedi / dimanche

Have a good/nice Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday

Bon week-end

Have a good/nice weekend

Bonne semaine

Have a good/nice week

Bonne fête!

Happy Bastille Day! /
Happy Saint's Day!

France and Germany's economy exits recession

The French and German economies both grew by 0.3% between April and June, bringing to an end year-long recessions in Europe's largest economies.

Article from BBC here

6 weeks of learning French

It's been 6 weeks since I started learning French and so far I have:
  • Done up to the end of CD 7 (of 8 CDs) of Michel Thomas French

  • Done up to the end of Level 1 Lesson 30 (of 3 levels x 30 lessons) of Pimsleur French

  • Done up to Week 6 Day 6 (of 7 weeks x 7 days) of Teach Yourself Starter Kit French

  • Done up to the end of Lesson 13 of Coffee Break French (by Radio Lingua network)

Didn't progress too much except in Pimsleur... but I did lessons 28, 29 and 30 over and over again until I could say at least 90% of the sentences in the (short) time given (ie without pausing the CD).

jeudi 13 août 2009

Chanel No.5 TVC starring Audrey Tautou and model Travis Davenport

Chanel No.5 TVC starring Audrey Tautou and model Travis Davenport, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet of Amelie (and Delicatessan and A very long engagement fame).

I am in love with these 2 gorgeous stars, and this short film/commercial! It is so beautiful.

The ad, set on a sleeper carriage train going from Paris to Istanbul:

The making of... it has subtitles so I can even learn some French from watching this, where Jean-Pierre talks about the making of this short film. No detail or expense was spared!

dimanche 9 août 2009

Space Invaders and Pacman in Paris!

Boy oh boy.. do I wish I was in Paris right now to find these! hehehe. I would be running around the city like crazy doing this scavenger hunt...

Find and participate in the Pacman hunt

and Space Invaders ( FAQ | Wikipedia )

^ It's rubik's cube as well! Talk about 80s pop culture fun! :D

Paris videos

Short film, Paris Je T'aime featuring Margo Martindale

Keith Spicer, author of Paris Passions Insider guide to Paris

Capucine - The most adorable French girl

Whilst browsing YouTube for French related videos... I started seeing this video by accident, then it appeared that many many people had uploaded the same video onto YouTube but none of them was the owner..

I clicked on the URL mentioned in the sidebar...

It turns out that the mother is using her daughter's fairytale video to raise money for a charity in Mongolia.

Her mother speaks perfect English (and can translate between the 2 languages) and I'm wondering why she never taught it to her daughter who seems to be very smart, adorable, funny, curious, animated, expressive, etc.. (I guess why she's so popular on the internet). I am sure she'd pick up a new language easily.


The quality of videos on Vimeo seem better (both in terms of content and video file quality) but the downside is that (for me at least) they seem to take longer to load than those on YouTube.. but also there are far fewer videos on there..

Here's a blog with a bit of a description about Capucine's video:


Once upon a time... from Capucha on Vimeo.

Here, the Vimeo staff made Capucine a Happy 5th Birthday video

Happy Birthday Capucine! from Karen Abad ♥s Dinosaurs. on Vimeo.

and here, her mother filmed her reaction to it (had to translate it for her)

Capucine watches her birthday video from Capucha on Vimeo.

Capucine is très très adorable! And it's amazing how much vocab and grammar I can learn from watching her fairytale video!

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