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Armistice – 100 years ago – Today’s French at French Hour

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Armistice – 100 ans déjà – Le français d’aujourd’hui

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Le 11 novembre 2018, la France accueillait une soixantaine de chefs d’états et de gouvernement pour célébrer le centième anniversaire de l’Armistice, la signature de la fin de la première guerre mondiale entre les forces alliées et l’Allemagne. Cette vidéo nous parle des points forts de la commémoration.

On November 11, 2018, France hosted some 60 heads of state and government to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, the signing of the end of the First World War between the Allied forces and Germany. This video tells us about the highlights of the commemoration.

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Banque des mots

Alliés, célébrer, côte à côte, désinvolture, Il y a, journée, l’exposition, Pour l’occasion, président, soixantaine

Armistice – 100 ans déjà

Le 1._____ français, Emmanuel Macron, et son épouse arrivent au Musée d’Orsay sous l’œil des photographes. Ce samedi soir, le couple présidentiel accueillait une trentaine de chefs d’État et de gouvernement. Au programme de la soirée, une visite de 2._____ consacrée à Pablo Picasso suivie d’un dîner. Parmi les convives, le Canadien Justin Trudeau, le président guinéen Alpha Condé, ou encore Angela Merkel.

Plus tôt dans la journée, la chancelière allemande était aux côtés d’Emmanuel Macron dans la clairière de Rethondes. 3._____ 100 ans, l’Armistice était signé ici entre les 4._____ et l’Allemagne.

Le moment est d’autant plus symbolique que c’est la première fois depuis 1945 que des dirigeants français et allemands se rencontrent ici. 5._____, résonne l’hymne européen chanté par des enfants.

[Les enfants chantent]Plus de guerres pour nos enfants.

Dans cette réplique du wagon où a été signé l’Armistice, les deux dirigeants sont 6._____, là où le 11 novembre 1918, le maréchal Ferdinand Foch et les émissaires allemands se faisaient face.

Mais cette 7._____ a aussi connu une controverse. Le président américain Donald Turmp, présent à Paris pour les hommages a annulé une visite au cimetière américain de Belleau pour cause de mauvais temps. Les critiques n’ont pas tardé : manque de respect pour les uns, 8._____ pour les autres. Hormis une rencontre avec le président français, Donald Trump n’a fait aucune apparition publique.

Ce dimanche, il sera présent à l’Arc de Triomphe auprès d’une 9._____ d’autres chefs d’État pour 10._____ la fin d’une guerre qui a coûté la vie à 18 millions de personnes.

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donner du temps au temps – to give some time to time – In everyday French, donner du temps au temps means that you need to be patient, that time will take care of thing, ‘to give it time’.

  • « Si tu donnes du temps au temps, tu réussiras à bien comprendre le français authentique.   »
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Armistice Day – Be the last one standing!

If you were listening to French news these last few days, you’d hear segments about Armistice.

What is Armistice ? Armistice is celebrated each year on November 11 and it commemorates the end of the First World War. This year is a particularly big one, as it’s the 100th anniversary. And President Macron, as usual, is making the buzz by speaking his mind, going to places no president as gone before literally and figuratively.

In any case, this week, as I’m reflecting upon the First World War and its implication in modern life – my great-grandfather disappeared in it, it also made me think about this analogy between war and learning a language, if you’ll allow me the metaphor.

Sometimes, I find that learning French is a bit like being on a battlefield: you’re fighting for your ideals, your linguistic ideal being becoming bilingual.

Unfortunately, weapons loaded with bullets to the nth degree are hitting you right and left :

  • bullet #1: you’ve been studying for months now and you feel you’re not going to make it.
  • bullet #2: you have no time to study, why bother?
  • bullet #3: you’ve already learned that darned subjunctive mode twice already, but somehow, you can’t remembered it still.
  • bullet #4: you’re pretty advanced but you still can’t understand authentic French.

I could go on and on with the number of bullets – i.e. hurdles – one may encounter in their learning French journey.

And I have a cure for every bullet:

  • bullet #1: find a French teacher who will be able to guide you towards your next step in learning French
  • bullet #2: do only 5 minutes a day, listen to a podcast as you walk the dog, pick a short exercise to do each day
  • bullet #3: don’t be afraid to revisit the same topic many times – every day the first week you learn it, then twice a week for 2 weeks, then twice a month, and then again once in a while. Even though you’ve “learned” that, your brains aren’t going to be able to retain it but after many repetitions.
  • bullet #4: Study with my Authentic French courses: The easiest exercise is probably the Step Dictation. I created that type of practice to lower the authentic French level to an intermediate learner.

So, don’t let the enemy win and be the last one standing: partly immerse yourself by taking weekly classes or come with me for a week of Fun and French in the spring. There are 4 spots left in April and in May.

In the meantime, take this quiz and see if you’re a good candidate to learn French, and if you’ll be the last one standing against the adversities of learning French.

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You’re not sure you’re ready to learn French ? This quiz is going to ask you several yes-or-no questions. Check out the percentage you get after you submit your answers and see if you're ready to learn French. ----- Voyons si vous êtes vraiment prêt/e à apprendre le français. Répondez honnêtement aux questions par OUI ou NON. Selon le résultat, vous saurez ainsi à la fin si vous êtes prêt à parler français couramment ou non.

  • My days are too busy, however:
  • If I thought that the price of the class reflects the quality of the teaching, I would do French.
  • If I could find a qualified teacher able to guide me to the next step,
  • If I found a class with nice people

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