As you may have read in the news, translators around the world are struggling translating and interpreting Donald Trump’s speeches.
The cause? Run on sentences, disjointed syntax, repetitions and well, let’s face it, limited vocabulary.
According to professional translator Bérengère Viennot, “For translators, Trump is an unprecendented and desolating struggle”.
And as the French say, Bérengère “n’y va pas par quatre chemins” (she does not beat around the bush – no pun intended) by adding bluntly: “When it comes to speaking of something other than his victory, he clings desperately to the words contained in the question put to him, without succeeding in completing his own thought.”
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.
Let me introduce you to Paul Taylor.
Paul is English. He grew up in France, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
He now lives in Paris and quit a job at Apple in order to perform stand-up comedy in both English and French.
He created, wrote and starred his own show on Canal+ called “What the Fuck France!” (excuse my French…). And if you have not heard of it yet, then you really should! In these short and funny videos, the popular youtuber dissects French habits with typical British humour.
His first video “La bise” (“The kiss on the cheek”) hit over 2 million views!!
With my boys in Paris in 2015
My friend Andrea called me last week to “pick my brain” about places of interest that she could visit and activities she could do with her three boys when visiting Paris next July. But not just the usual stuff! Something a bit more off the beaten track…
As I started to browse the Internet finding some really fun activities to do with children, I realised that this information might actually be of interest to travelling families. So, here is a list of 8 cool things to do in Paris with little people! And no, we are not talking EuroDisney… Continue reading
Call me old(-fashioned) but I just cannot get into abbreviating what I type! So, yes, it takes me for-e-ver….
When I see my kids’ texts, I am just amazed at this whole new language they seem to be using with such ease!
And I feel very very old(-fashioned)…
So here is a list of common French text abbreviations you (and I) might find useful:
Whether you are learning French or teaching the “langue de Molière”, you probably have found yourself in the situation of trying to find some cool and useful websites to assist you with your French.
And if you indeed have, then you probably know how frustrating this process can be!! So many places to look, so little time, right?
So in order to save you some precious time, I have put together a list of some of my favourite sites, for all levels.
Le Petit Larousse et Le Petit Robert sont deux des dictionnaires français les plus populaires.
The Petit Larousse and Petit Robert are two of the most popular French dictionaries.
Le Petit Robert 2016
Le Petit Larousse 2016
Comme chaque année, ces dictionnaires ont accueilli des centaines de nouveaux mots et nouvelles expressions.
Like every other year, these dictionaries have welcomed hundreds of new words and expressions.
Et comme les néologismes font partie de mes marottes, c’est avec grand plaisir que je partage avec vous la liste de mes néologismes préférés de l’année 2015!
And as I love neologisms, I am delighted to share with you a list of my favourite latest year 2015 French neologisms!
Adulescent : nom masculin ; jeunes adultes dont le comportement rappelle celui des adolescents. Contraction de “adulte” et “adolescent”. Continue reading