Being more French (or more on being French)

musique militaire du Bey de Tunis en 1905

musique militaire du Bey de Tunis en 1905 (Photo credit: histoirepostale)

One of the more enjoyable ways to immerse yourself in a language is through music, and thankfully there are many people who have already done the hard work and posted French songs with English translations on You Tube. Rather than try to offer my own pronunciation guide to the present tense of être, I did a search for “je suis” on You Tube and found this lovely song by a singer called Zazie, Je suis un homme (“I am a man”, which she is not). I gather she is not very impressed with mankind! Nice song, and an admirable political statement, I think. Anyway, there is good vocabulary to be had here:

For those who need a proper pronunciation guide, here is a nice man in a cool jersey on You Tube who covers it fully. Why couldn’t we have had someone like him as a French teacher at school instead of the grumps they gave us? I think with him my marks would have been much better🙂

I like the way he says c’est tout (that’s all) at the end. If you want to follow him on You Tube, his nickname there is MyFrenchTutor.

And for those who want to know a lot more about the verb être, or any other, there are many websites that assist with conjugation. Here is one:

http://www.conjugation-fr.com/conjugate.php?verb=etre

Next we will look at “being” Portuguese… it’s quite different to being French.

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