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Comme un Manouche – French Pop Song

Comme un Manouche sans guitare - French Pop Song

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Learn French with Anne and this pop song. It’s called ' Comme un Manouche sans guitare ' and it's sung by Thomas Dutronc.

Aujourd’hui, nous écoutons une chanson de Thomas Dutronc, lui-même fils de 2 chanteurs. Sa chanson a fait un vrai tabac il y a quelques années, on ne pouvait allumer la radio sans l’entendre.         Elle s’appelle « Comme un Manouche sans guitare ». Thomas s’amuse bien avec les mots et j’espère que vous aussi vous amuserez en l’écoutant.

Today, we’re listening to a song by Thomas Dutronc, son of 2 singers. His song was a real hit, you couldn’t listen to any radio station without hearing it. It’s called ‘Comme un Manouche sans guitare’ – Like a Gypsy without his guitar. He has fun playing on words and hopefully, you too will have fun listening to it.

In the companion worksheet – 11 pages

  • whole song
  • translation
  • drug vocabulary
  • IF clauses
  • practice on all of the above

Song excerpt – challenge yourself – transcribe the lyrics

Comme un Manouche sans guitare .... Like a Gypsy without his guitar

Comme un château sans la Loire .... Like a castle without the Loire River

Quand t'es pas là, .... When you’re not here,

Je suis comme ça .... I’m like that

Comme un rasta sans pétard .... Like a Rastafarian without his joint

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comme à la guerre – French expression

à la guerre comme à la guerre - French expression

to make the best of things

What does the French expressionà la guerre comme à la guerre mean? How is it used in a sentence?

à la guerre comme à la guerre - at the war like at the war. à la guerre comme à la guerre means 'to make the best of things' in everyday French.

  • « Regarde le ciel. Il va pleuvoir pour notre rando cet aprème. À la guerre comme à la guerre ! »
  • "Look at the sky. It’s going to rain for our hike this afternoon. We’ll have to make the best of things!"

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US presidential elections

US presidential elections

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US presidential elections -- The American people chooses Trump - How are the French reacting?

« Une période d’incertitudes » s’ouvre, selon François Hollande
« Cette élection ouvre une période d’incertitudes. Je dois l’aborder avec lucidité et clarté. Les Etats-Unis constituent un partenaire de tout premier plan. Ce qui est en jeu, c’est notamment la paix, la situation au Moyen-Orient. Sur tous ces sujets, j’engagerai sans tarder une discussion avec la nouvelle administration américaine – elle entrera en fonction le 20 janvier – mais je le ferai avec vigilance et franchise car certaines positions prises par Donald Trump pendant la campagne doivent être confrontées aux valeurs et aux intérêt que nous partageons avec les États-Unis », a réagi le président François Hollande.

"A period of uncertainty" is launched, according to François Hollande, French President.
"This election [of Donald Trump] launches a period of uncertainty. I have to deal with it with lucidity and clarity. The United States is a major partner. Peace and the situation in the Middle East are especially at stake. On all of these issues, I will engage in a dialog without any delay with the new US administration - which will take office on January 20 - but I will do so very carefully and very honestly because some of the stands Donald Trump took during the campaign must be confronted with the values and the interests we share with the United States,"  President Francois Hollande noted.

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Mayor and Town Council elections – Read Along

Mayor and Town Council elections – Read Along

frenchetc.orgLes municipales - Lecture - Mayor and Town Council elections - Read Along.

Municipales : les « villes sans candidat » se démènent pour se sauver

Joanne Hunter connaissait presque l'ensemble des 47 habitants de Courties (Gers). Elle en connaît depuis peu « tous les chiens ». En quelques jours, cette pétillante blonde à lunettes a parcouru tout le village pour glisser dans chaque boîte aux lettres un courrier, portant l'en-tête « Election municipale du 30 mars 2014 ». « Election » au singulier car, à Courties, il n'y aura qu'un tour, et uniquement le second. Dimanche 23 mars, les habitants du village, les Courtisans, ne se sont pas déplacés aux urnes. Au soir du dépôt des listes pour le premier tour, ils n'avaient aucun candidat pour reprendre le flambeau à la petite mairie peinte en jaune, en plein cœur de la ruralité gersoise. Continuez la lecture in Le Monde.

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Mayor and Town Council elections: "cities without a candidate" are struggling to save themselves

Joanne Hunter knew almost all of the 47 inhabitants of Courties (Gers). And now, she knows "all the dogs." In a few days, this bubbly blonde lady with glasses traveled across the village to slide into each mailbox a letter bearing the heading "Municipal Election of March 30, 2014." "Election" in the singular form because, in Courties, there will be only one round, and only the second round. On Sunday, March 23, the villagers, the Courtiers, didn’t cast their votes. On the evening of the lists submission for the first round, they had no candidate to take over the small town hall painted in yellow, right in the heart of the Gers department country side.

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Les autorités sont fort préoccupées ces jours-ci car ...

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la langue de bois – French expression

la langue de bois - French expression

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What does the French expression ‘la langue de bois’ mean? How is it used in a sentence?

La langue de bois - the tongue of wood. la langue de bois is often used with 'pratiquer' (regular ER verb, conjugated like AIMER is). It's used mostly in politics and it means to doublespeak, to talk out of both sides of one's mouth.

  • « Chuis vénère, elle évite toujours la vérité et ne répond jamais aux questions. C'est toujours la langue de bois avec elle et on n'arrive jamais à rien. »
  • "I'm really irritated, she always avoids the truth and never answers questions. Everything she says is just pure talking out of both sides of her mouth and we can never get anywhere."

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