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→
The Simpsons have always taken shots at the French so I thought it’d be neat to compile a few clips from various Simpsons episodes and share them. I’ve always wondered how the French translate these jokes, obviously the jokes are tongue in cheek. From the time that Bart learns to speak French to the time the Simpsons all travel to France.
I am trying to learn French so I try to go out of my way and find stuff to watch in French, so far this year I was able to catch two animated French films in theaters thanks to special international screenings that they’ve had. Luckily for me both were good films and left me itching for more, understanding them is still very difficult but it’s nice to watch them and catch a word or two as I do.
The first film is April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le Monde truqué) which is a French-Belgian-Canadian animated film that brings us into an steampunk future as some important aspects of history happened slightly different in these world. The animation style is really refreshing as it features a really cartoon or comic look like artstyle and is well animated. Here we have sort of a mystery action adventure film that has plenty of humor, twists and yet is very light hearted.
The characters are all interesting as you follow the film and meet a large cast as we follow Avril’s adventure, my favorite character has to be Darwin who is a talking cat. While I don’t care much for steampunk, I am a fan of apolcalyptic futures which this basically is and it’s an ecologist friendly movie as it deals a lot with this being a future full of pollution. Highly recommended, who can say no to two Eiffel Towers.
The second film My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de Courgette) is a Swiss-French animated film but this one is more of a comedy-drama and done in stop motion. The art style is unique and while some of the character designs need some getting used to, you’ll be enjoying the film through out. It will definitely make you feel bad for the kids in the story but that’s also what makes this film memorable and things work out for the most part.
In the span of the film you get to see how a boy is left in an orphanage and we get to see his life as well as the lives of the other kids who live there. We learn what makes each kid tick and the different struggles that they all have and how they get through them. I have to mention that the ending left me wondering how exactly the romance would work out in the end now that the situation has changed radically, I won’t mention more to not spoil anything but those who have seen it must know what I mean.
Both films have a very particular style and are quite unique unlike most other animated films that you see, especially nowadays that everyone goes for the Pixar look and CG. Both films also deal with subjects that not many movies aimed at kids would tackle. I can’t leave without mentioning that the soundtracks of both films are really nice and fit each movie perfectly. It’s great to see other countries give their take on animated features since they do bring something different and in these cases better than a lot of the mainstream animated films we end up watching. Recommended if you are in the mood for a sad yet fun time.
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Reading tweets in French can really be helpful in the learning progress, or at least that’s what I’ve been able to tell with me personally. It helps that there is a built in translator to help you out when you don’t understand so you can just click when you’re overwhelmed by a tweet. I already posted about some tweeter accounts to follow but I was asked to post more so here are other ones that I personally follow and have been for at least a few months.
Learning a language without a teacher can be extremely difficult; now I don’t doubt that there are people who can do it but not everyone is autodidact and that’s alright. While I can teach myself many things through the internet I do feel a teacher has helped me improve my French and force me to memorize and learn stuff that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I will start my next semester of French next week so I thought I’d take a look back at my previous experiences with teachers.
Having a good teacher is extremely important and that goes in a lot of ways. You don’t only need a teacher that knows their stuff but that also knows how to teach and likes doing what she is doing. No matter how excited you are to learn a language a teacher with a bad attitude can take all of that joy away until you no longer want to continue. In the same way if the teacher is good at their job they will get you excited to learn more even if they’re a very strict. Continue reading French Teacher Experiences In My Life: The Importance of a Professor→
In my course for learning french in one year, the best way to really get the feeling of the language is constant practice and interaction with the language. Something as simple as changing the language to your cellphone or TV help out even if a little. Of course it can also make it difficult to use your devices.
But using that same logic of making something you already do in your daily life and transform it into a hidden french lesson helps you in the process. I am not a big fan of other social media sites like Facebook but I do like and use twitter on a daily basis. I started following different twitter accounts to help me out which you should as well; Don’t forget to follow me as well @0sdp. Continue reading French Twitter→