Don’t miss the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017!

AF Film Festival 2017
The biggest  festival of French films outside of France!

Now in its 28th year, the AF (Alliance Française) French Film Festival is the biggest film festival in Australia but also the biggest festival of French films outside of France.
Last year, the AF offered 2,450 sessions nation-wide with  a programme comprising 48 movies!

This festival is an opportunity to see the best of contemporary French cinema.
This year, it will be screening from the 7th to the 30th of March, opening with “The Odyssey” (Directed by Jérôme Salle / Starring Lambert Wilson, Audrey Tautou & Pierre Niney) and closing with the movie “A bun in the oven” (Directed by Nadège Loiseau / Starring Karin Viard, Philippe Rebbot & Hélène Vincent).

The festival will be presenting no less than 45 different movies in total from directors such as Emmanuelle Bercot, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Nicole Garcia, Benoît Jacquot and Mia Hansen-Løve, Philippe Lioret, Martin Provost, Jérôme Salle, Bertrand Tavernier and Roschdy Zem.

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WIN a signed copy of Adventures of SuperYam: Harry and SuperYam™ [competition inside]

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Meet SuperYam™, the superhero who represents the world of fruit, vegetables and healthy eating!

Harry and SuperYam™, written by Sydney mum Alla Novochenok-Serhan and illustrated by Jay Rollins, is the first story from Adventures of SuperYam™; a children’s picture-book series promoting food education and tackling childhood obesity.
SuperYam™ is the intergalactic superhero who travels to Earth to help Harry, a young boy who gets to discover an exciting and wonderful world of fruit and vegetables and through this journey, changes his perception of healthy eating.

With SuperYam™’s help, Alla is inspiring children to think about their food choices and helps parents to facilitate the necessary changes. SuperYam™ teaches children about benefits of healthy fresh food – where it comes from, how it positively impacts on their well-being and how it can ultimately empower them.
A charming rhyme-filled script and bright, vivid illustrations team up to create an easy and understandable read for young children – a journey they can and want to join. Included in the book is also SuperYam’s™ delicious Vegetable Soup recipe – a way to entice young readers to get involved further; perhaps all the way to the dinner table!

“I wanted to create a bridge between a story my kids would find amusing and their meal times. Kids cant get enough of superheros and so I’ve given them SuperYam™ – a superhero who can guide and inspire, rather than just drive fast cars or shoot lasers – but ultimately still end up saving their world where the number one villain is obesity” says Alla. Continue reading

Le Forum, your French Bookshop in Australia

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Do you know Le Forum?

Because if you don’t, well, then, you should!

Le Forum is a bookshop which was established in Fremantle in 2004. It is an independent bookstore dedicated to bring the best of French culture to Australia’s doorstep. All of their products are also accessible via their online-selling shop and available to be shipped across Australia and New Zealand. If you are in the Perth Area, you can even visit their shop (address below)!

They sell:

  • Australia’s largest selection of French language books
  • French Authors translated into English
  • Resource material for students and French teachers
  • Books about Australia for our overseas visitors
  • DVDs: A selection of French movies subtitled or available in both languages.

In Addition, they organise:

  • Story telling sessions
  • Book club
  • Book signing, meet the author

Events will be announced on the ‘home’ page of their website (see below).

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Another wonderful initiative is French Books on Wheels Inc (Le Van du Livre) which is a registered not-for-profit association in Australia. The project aims at meeting francophiles and francophones and familiarise them with French language publications through cultural exchanges all over Australia. With their partner ‘Le Forum’, a selection of books, magazines and DVDs is for sale in the van.

Working in the Van is Anne Mangeant, who has been living in Australia for 15 years and who represents Bayard and Milan Presse, the educational magazines for children and young adults. Also working in the Van is Jacques Bernard, who set up the first and only French bookshop Le Forum in Australia 10 years ago. He is very active in the Association Internationale des Libraires Francophones (AILF) which is based in Paris.

I have had the pleasure to meet them both and must say that they are extremely nice and helpful! Definitely part of my “Amazing Frenchies in Australia” category!

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So do not waste any more time and go and browse their well-stocked website or shop!

http://www.leforum.com.au/index.html

Le Forum, your French bookshop in Australia
3 Westgate Mall, Fremantle WA
(between Adelaide and Cantonment street)
(08) 9 3355 730 – info@leforum.com.au
ABN
: 45 161 606 496

30 Tips to Prepare a (French) oral examination

Preparing for an oral examination can be very daunting as there is no place to hide!
But don’t panic! It can be a stress-free experience provided you are well prepared and know what to expect.
Below is a list of things to do in order to make your examination a much easier adventure!

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LEARN:
1) Your presentation (if any) but not by heart. It must sound natural and authentic, not monotonous and rehearsed!
2) Key words / Linking words / Connecting words: which will help link your ideas together, develop and make an argument.
3) Vocabulary: have an A to Z notebook in which you can record all important new words. Use rich and varied vocabulary.

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A to Z vocab notebook

A to Z vocab notebook

PRACTISE:
4) Read assessment of past oral exams (http://bit.ly/1KvK2re  – http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/hsc_exams/2014/ ). They help you get familiar with the format of the exam as well as with the type of questions asked. This is probably the most valuable tip of them all!
5) Practise responding to a wide range of sample questions (http://bit.ly/1wZxkpb).
6) Record yourself on the webcam or iPhone practising your oral (you can do this with friends whom you feel comfortable with and give each other productive advice and criticism). Watch it and see what you could improve on! If with friends, why not practising as an examiner-student role-play!
7) Practise your numbers.
8) Practise asking questions (also such as « Pouvez-vous répéter la question, s’il vous plaît ? »).
9) Watch French movies or shows with subtitles (SBS for example);
10) If you need a tutor, find a tutor you feel comfortable with, who has adequate credentials and who is familiar with the examination (check my website http://www.estellebox.com for information about SKYPE tutoring lessons);

BODY LANGUAGE:
11) Make sure to maintain eye contact throughout the conversation.
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Le Père Noël est un surfeur !

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Le père Noël est un surfeur !

Si vos souvenirs d’enfance sont baignés de Noëls blancs au coin de la cheminée, de températures en-dessous de 0°C  et de cols roulés, votre premier noël australien sera (littéralement) aux antipodes !

Tout d’abord, le 25 décembre est en été: et vous pouvez vous attendre à des températures de 30°C en moyenne puisque le mois de décembre est l’un des plus chauds de l’année en Australie ! Par conséquent, Noël s’adapte à son environnement*.

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Righto?

Rego / Registration

Rego / Registration

I have discovered that my Australian friends love shortening words and dropping a few syllables! I suppose it is an efficient way to get to the point (or beer) quicker!

One of the most common Australian abbreviation is the one with the added suffix -o (at the end of the word). Though it can be derogatory (as in drongo), it is not always the case (ambo) especially in the Australian language. The plural form of these shortened -o words is an added -es, such as amboes for ambulances!

You will find below a list of some of the words I have come across so far! Feel free to add your own!

aggro – aggressive
ambo – ambulance
arvo – afternoon
avo – avocado
bizzo – business
dero – homeless person
doco – documentary
drongo – slow-witted or stupid person
evo – evening
garbo – garbage man
milko – milkman
muso – musician
journo – journalist
rego – vehicle registration
relo – relative
Salvos – Salvation Army (stores)
sambo or sammo – sandwich
servo – service station
thingo – thing
vejjo – vegetarian

Cheerio!