Category Archives: Music

Hors du commun

Have you ever heard of Dalida? She was a larger-than-life beauty queen, turned singer, originally from Egypt. I use “Laissez-moi danser” and “Je suis malade” in class and my students are usually rather overwhelmed by all that she was.  Recently, … Continue reading

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Le béguin

If you want to say that you have a crush on someone, you can say “J’ai le béguin pour toi” (zjay luh bay-gahn poor twah). This slang term has really old roots that date back to the Middles Ages. Béguines … Continue reading

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Marquer le coup

In the summer program I work at, it’s important to do something to mark their birthdays. Sometimes parents will contact us with a list of requests, other times, it’s up to us to highlight the importance of the day with banners, … Continue reading

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Mistral Gagnant

In a recent phone survey of over 1,000 French adults, “Mistral gagnant” (me-stral gan-yahn), by Renaud was selected as their favorite song. How could I have never heard of France’s favorite song? Of course, I looked it up right away on … Continue reading

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Aller plus vite que la musique

If you’ve taken the Paris métro, you’ve no doubt heard some of the talented musicians in its tiled halls and alcoves. And if you’ve stopped to listen for a few minutes on your way to a museum or monument, you’ve … Continue reading

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Il sait tout, mais il manque d’inexpérience

French composer Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was born in Paris on October 9, 1835. His father died while he was a tiny infant, leaving him to be raised by his mother and a great-aunt. It was this aunt who introduced him to the … Continue reading

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Tout le monde a ses raisons

French director Jean Renoir was born on September 15, 1894. His baby pictures were a little better than average, since his father was Pierre-Auguste Renoir (although he does look like a little girl in several!). He was born in the … Continue reading

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