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French Commercials from the mid and late 90s (Publicités Françaises 1995 à 2000)

A quick video for this week as I’m very busy but I decided to find some French TV commercials from the mid to late 90s and well while I have no nostalgia for these commercials they still have that 90s vibe. It’s interesting to try to understand what they’re trying to sell as they speak quickly to make the most out of their time in many of them.

A man running and doing parkour all over the world to sell some Pirelli tires. A small commercial for a Keanu Reeves movie called Speed on VHS. Dance 96 which is a cd similar to Now That’s what I call Music! ncludes some of the best hit songs from France and oh my, this is gold. A nice song about Toyota cars with lyrics so you can follow along and practice. Nestle Crunch chocolate in a weird tv surfing commercial. Dorothee cd who I’m guessing was a popular singer and this is a compilation CD. An Oddworld Abe’s Odyssey commercial. M&M’s CG peanuts in a badly dubbed commercial. World’s Apart CD commercial which is some type of French boy band. Another car commercial for Citroen Xantia and some frogs almost getting run over. An awesomely weird man in a bunny suit commercial that promotes some type of mint called kiss cool. Fun radio presents Dance 99 which is the 1999 version of the previous CD disc from Sony Music in France. A commercial for Driver on the Playstation. SKO which is some rap/hip-hop group big in France at that time. A rather nifty chocolae commercial for Milka which looks delicious. Dance 2000 from Fun Radio with the latest hits of that year.

Interesting to note they still use Francs at this point in time

– Pirelli avec Carl Lewis (1995)
– Speed VHS (1995)
– Dance 96 CD (1996)
– Toyota Starlet (1996)
– Crunch avec Emma De Caunes (1997)
– Dorothée “15 ans d’amour” CD (1997)
– Oddworld : L’Odyssée d’Abe PS1 (1997)
– M&M’s avec Tia Carrere (1997)
– Worlds Apart “Don’t Change” CD (1997)
– Citroën Xantia (1998)
– Kiss Cool (1998)
– Dance 99 CD (1999)
– Driver PS1 (1999)
– SKO “Just Another Day” CD (1999)
– Milka (1999)
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French Nintendo Characters

With E3 hype ready I thought today’s #frenchfriday post could deal with all the Nintendo Characters who are french and well this is actually difficult to research, especially when localization has made some non-french characters french like Dupree in Paper Mario so I went the easy route and only cataloged the ones who are most definitely French.

french twintelle nintendo

We Begin with Twintelle from Arms who shook the internet after her original design was revealed and finally that first Nintendo Switch original franchise had an interesting character. She’s a movie star and likes her coffee and well boxing.


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French Reading for Beginners

A problem I had for the longest time while learning French was improving my reading comprehension. For the longest time I could not make any progress and would continue to suck at understanding what I read. The tips of continue reading did not seem to help me and I would get frustrated and quit. Since then I’ve been able to improve quite a bit.

french beginner books

I realized two things, first that it’s true that the more you read the easier it becomes and second that it’s just as important to find appropriate reading. The second one is so important since even what may seem like an easy article or book might be way too challenging, I know it was for me!
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Power Rangers Article Archives

I was able to get into the Power Rangers fad as it had just begun since I loved dinosaurs already which lead me to being an early adopter before it hit it huge. I loved them until they stopped airing episodes where I lived. It wasn’t until many years later that I re-discovered them and realized they were still as awesome as they had ever been and  I’m still a fan today.
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