La France et Ses Voisins
(France and its Neighbors)
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:
Why are you interested in speaking French? What other languages would you like to learn?
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:
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!
Joyeuse Saint Valentin! Valentine’s Day is celebrated in France, similarly to in America, with the giving of cards, gifts, chocolates, and flowers. Paris, the capital of France, has several nicknames, one of which is: “The City of Love.”
Interesting facts: The first Valentine’s Day card is said to have been written by the young French Duke of Orleans to his wife from his imprisonment in the Tower of London, in 1415! (You can see it here)
Mon amour – my love
Mon ange – my angel
Mon trésor – my treasure
Mon coeur – my heart
Mon petit chou – my little cabbage*
Mon lapin – my rabbit
Ma cherie (for girls/women) – my dear
Mon cheri (for guys/men) – my dear
Here is some of the French we are learning in the first and second week of “French is Fun”:
Bonjour / Salut – Hello / Hi
Je m’appelle … – My name is…
Comment tu t’appelles? – What is your name?
Au revoir / Salut – Goodbye / Bye
More information/activities to explore:
Let’s have fun learning about Paris! Even if you’ve never been there or can’t get there anytime soon, you can still get a good idea of what Paris is like through taking a look at a handful of great informational websites!
Each student will be given a monument or other type of place in Paris to learn a bit about, and then share with the class. On the notecard given, you will answer the important “W” questions (What? Where? When? Why? Who? and/or How?)
After 10 minutes of research, each student will present for 1-2 minutes on the interesting info they found! (Depending on what it is, your information will change, please note the things you find most interesting).
What? What is important/interesting about your monument/etc.?
Where? Where is it located?
When? When was it built?
Why? Why was it made/created? Why is it important?
Who? Who built it? Who is it for?
and/or How? How is it used? How has it changed?
Here are links to popular attractions in Paris. Look at the number on your card to see which one you will be researching and sharing with the class.
If you finish your research early, you can explore any of these links below, or a monument that was not assigned.
–Interactive panoramic tour of Paris and its monuments (see if you can find your monument there!)
-official website of Paris