French Fine Art

French Artists

We’re going to learn some French language and some French culture today. We’ll learn how to express what you like to do, through looking at some French fine art. There are many famous French painters!

Here are some of the artists we will be looking at:

Paul Cezanne

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Paul Gauguin    In the News- Stolen Gauguin Painting Just Found!

Henri Rousseau

Edgar Degas

Edouard Manet

Georges Seurat

Van Gogh (Dutch in origin, became famous as a painter in France)

There are many other famous French artists and so many works of arts in museums in Paris and all across France. Explore for yourself!

Le Senegal

Le Senegal

In many places besides France people speak French! I wanted to share a bit about one of the French-speaking countries in Africa (learn more about all of them here), because of a fun custom there (scroll down to find out!).

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- Language, Culture, Customs, & Etiquette

In Senegal, greetings are a very important part of their culture. A greeting in Senegal is unlike one in America, where you may have a short salutation (Hello/How are you?) without much response given or expected. In Senegal, greetings can take up to 15 minutes (and sometimes even longer!). That is because they not only say hello and how-are-you, but, they also ask about your family and how they are as well, and they really want to hear your response.

-An American’s (Lauren’s) Experience Living in Senegal

-Another American’s (Marianne’s) Experience Teaching English in Senegal

-”Discover Senegal

-Video on greetings in Senegal

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“Marianne a la salle des professeurs”

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There are many countries in Africa where the official language is French, along with other dialects. There are hundreds (even thousands!) of different dialects all over the HUGE continent. It’s fun to learn about other languages and cultures, n’est-ce pas? 

 

Les Vêtements et La Mode

Les Vêtements et La Mode
(Clothes and Fashion)

Maybe, like Ms. Amanda, you don’t really care a whole lot about dressing in “fashion”, but you do have to choose what clothes to wear! :) The French people are rather fashionable- they are well known for their fashion and in fact, la mode, (French for fashion), is used in English…have you heard “apple pie à la mode”? It means apple pie with ice cream, which is “in style”.

French Fashion in Paris

Learn more and play games here

 Un Boubou

boubou A “boubou” is a flowing robe worn in Western (and Northern) Africa. It is more commonly worn among men, but in Senegal and a few other countries in Africa, women wear them. This may be called a “m’boubou”.

Have you ever worn anything as a tradition or that represents your family’s culture?

 

Bonne Vacances!

Bonne Vacances!

Happy Vacation! 

Have a great two weeks off! If you are inspired to continue “French is Fun” at home, check out some of the links on this page or elsewhere on the internet (check out this resources page for a starting point!).

Bonnes Vacances…On se voit en deux semaines!

Have a great vacation…We’ll see each other in two weeks!

Paris!

Paris!

Paris Webquest

Your French teacher, Mme. Amanda lived in Paris, the “City of Lights”, for a whole semester (4/5 months) in college, and I feel I just barely started to discover the beautiful, historic city!

Sunset-In-Paris-Wallpaper

Let’s learn about Paris!

 Fun Fact: Did you know the Romans called Paris “Lutèce” originally? It was later named “Parisii” for the fisherman that lived there. There is a lot of rich history in Paris.

Here are some links to learn more about these popular attractions in Paris:

Whether or not you actually ever have the pleasure of visiting Paris, the city of lights, everyone can enjoy learning about this culturally-rich filled city!

Interesting links:

-Listen to the song “Champs Elysees” by Joe Dassin

-Interactive panoramic tour of Paris and its monuments

-official website of Paris

Here’s a presentation to help you learn the names of some monuments in fun ways!

 

Étudiants en France

Étudiants en France – A Student’s Life in France

Read about a teenage boy in France: Dimitri and his daily life in France

(Focus on the questions given to you on your handout)

If you’d like to learn more about what school and life are like for students in France, read these links:

1) Carli (a Californian) shares what her life is like as a student studying in France

2) Look at a day in the life of a student in France (Christophe and Celine)

3) A Kid’s Life in France *Note- Site created by a student. It is Saturday, not Sunday morning students go to school.

4) Life of a French High School Student

5) video “Life in France

About.com French schools

School in France

 

La France et Ses Voisins

La France et Ses Voisins

(France and its Neighbors)

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Voila, La France et Les Voisins!

 

Pourquoi Parle Français?

Pourquoi Parle Français? - Why Speak French?

Parce que Français est amusant, n’est-ce pas?! French is Fun. Right now we are having fun learning French; some basic words from the language, as well as information about France, other French-speaking countries, and other cultures.

You will have your own reasons you may choose to learn French in the future. Here are some you may not have thought of:

7 Reasons To Learn the French Language

Why are you interested in speaking French? What other languages would you like to learn?

 

La Mode – C’est Chic!

La Mode – C’est Chic!

Fashion, or “la mode”, in French, is important to many people across the world. Even if you do not personally care about name brands or what’s in style “chic”, you still have to wear clothes! We will be learning more about French fashion, but first I wanted to share some trends I saw at some clothing stores recently (2014!)

If you look hard enough, you may also find shirts or other clothing with either French words on them, like “bonjour” or “je t’aime”, written on them. It’s been and continues to be a trend to have something to do with France or its capital, Paris.

Here’s a good one for Valentine’s Day:

Bonjour sweatshirt

Les Jeux Olympiques

Did you see the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Olympics? Did you notice that on our American broadcast we heard the English, Russian (as would be expected), and…en français (in French)?!

That’s because French, along with English, is one of the official languages of the Olympics. It is also one of the most common languages used in Europe.

Wikipedia explains how they announce the participants in the Olympic “Parade of Nations”:   “Announcers announce each country’s name in English and French, as they both are the official languages of the Olympics, and the dominant language of the area of the host city, if neither English nor French are the dominant languages.”

Take a look: France’s Olympics website

In the news: France’s Martin Fourcade Wins Gold (biathlon)

Keep an eye out for more French Olympians and medal wins!