Last time we saw 3 different cartoons and their French openings. It’s interesting to see how the lyrics change and in some cases the songs, the familiarity or just because its of a franchise you enjoy make it interesting to check out. You’ll also find the lyrics below each video as well as a translation to the lyrics in case you want to follow along and practice your French.
Générique Pokémon saison 1 : “Pokémon ! Attrapez-les tous !”
Halloween has a long convoluted history of the tradition evolving quite a bit until it reached the commercial holiday it is today. The traditions date back to many catholic and pagan holidays as much as many countries like France and Mexico prefer to ignore that fact. La Toussaint or All Saints day is celebrated instead on November 1st which is a public holiday and the next being Le jour des morts. I’m no expert on the subject but below is a great video that has the history of this holiday which has subtitles and a translation so its easy to follow.
As mentioned in France Halloween is rising slowly in popularity but like in Mexico it is not seen as something good that its happening despite the fact that all traditions change over time. Halloween is more common in Canada with it having a much larger influence by the US and likely all these french halloween songs were made in Quebec. Unlike Dia de Muertos in Mexico La Toussaint isn’t really such a holiday where the dead are celebrated in a way to show the appreciation of those who’ve left us but instead a more traditional way of honoring the dead. Which is better is really up to the person I guess.
I asked my French teacher what her thoughts on Halloween where and they mostly backed up with whatever you can find about Halloween in France on the internet which is that it’s not really celebrated since they have La Toussaint but you see more and more things about it nowadays. Halloween is used in Mexico to promote interest in learning English so it doesn’t surprise me that apparently the same is done in France.
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It’s been difficult trying to find a Halloween themed French Friday post since Halloween is not really popular in France. However I was able to find some french halloween songs. The songs were all made for french learners since there appears to be no real halloween songs but that doesn’t mean they’re bad, in fact I would add them to any halloween playlist. Since they’re for people learning French they’re easy to follow, include lyrics and a great way to learn spooky vocabulary, check them out.
Animaniacs was a great cartoon in the 90s which also had a ton of educational songs through out it which were fun since they were so catchy. Luckily they were translated in various languages including French and for anyone trying to learn french like me they are perfect since they get to teach you a lot of vocabulary in a really fun way, you’ll also find th lyrics of these songs as well as translations to help you follow along.
The first video is just the opening of the Animaniacs song which most of us know by heart so it’s an easy one to practice and spot the things we know as well as some of the changes. Then we have the countries of the world in French, it’s worth noting that some of the countries in the song have since seized to exist and finally a song about the universe which would make Carl Sagan proud.
When cartoons get dubbed they normally change the lyrics to the opening songs as well. Today sounds like a good day to take a look at three different cartoons and their respective french intros that they had. You’ll also find the lyrics below each video as well as a translation to the lyrics in case you want to follow along and practice your French.
For today’s French Friday I thought I’d give a quick update on how I’ve been feeling about the project and it’s not good. Since the last update things have only taken a turn for the worse as I haven’t felt this unmotivated in a long time to continue learning french, not to dissimilar from the last time I quit. Continue reading French Progress #2→