Month: March 2013

Astérix et Obélix: Au service de Sa Majesté

Yesterday our French class took a day off school and went to the city to see a French movie, which was Astérix et Obélix: Au service de Sa Majesté.

Astérix et Obélix: Au service de Sa Majesté

Quick Review:
The Astérix & Obélix movies have never been particularly good, but they have always been funny, and this one does not disappoint. In this film, Britannia is being invaded by Julius Caesar, and the British need some of Astérix & Obélix’s famous magic potion to stop Caesar and his Roman army. Of course, all sorts of problems arise when Astérix and Obélix attempt to help them, but it all turns out well in the end. These movies are not aimed at older audiences, so don’t watch it expecting a mature, well-made movie. However, do watch it expecting some laughs, which you’ll definitely get. It’s ideal for children and their families, and a time well spent.

En français:

Les films Astérix & Obélix n’ont jamais été très bons, mais ils ont toujours été drôle, et ce film ne déçoit pas. Dans ce film, Britannia est envahi par Jules César, et les Britanniques ont besoin d’d’Astérix & Obélix potion magique célèbre pour arrêter César et son armée romaine. Bien sûr, toutes sortes de problèmes se posent lorsque la tentative Astérix et Obélix pour les aider, mais il s’avère tout à bien à la fin. Ces films ne sont pas destinés à un public plus âgé, il ne faut pas regarder m’y attendais un âge mûr, bien fait film. Cependant, ne m’y attendais pas regarder quelques rires, que vous aurez certainement obtenir. Il est idéal pour les enfants et leurs familles, et un temps bien dépensé.

Visite guidée de Paris

For part of our Séjour linguistique work in class, we wrote a small guide of Paris highlighting some of the monuments and landmarks we’d like to see. For me, that includes the whole historical side of Paris, which are the places that interest me the most. Paris is such an old city, filled with excitement and brimming with history. So read on and enjoy my little “Visite guidée de Paris”. It might even give you some ideas on what you’d like to see next time you visit France …

L’Arc de Triomphe
Arc de TriompheIl est l’un des monuments les plus célèbres de Paris.

Notre Dame Cathedral

6474BLa cathédrale Notre-Dame est l’une des églises les plus belles du monde.

La Catacombs de Paris

Catacombs de ParisLes Catacombes de Paris est un ossuaire souterrain qui a les restes d’environ 6 millions de personnes. C’est effrayant, mais fascinante …

Le Tour Eiffel

Le Tour EiffelLa Tour Eiffel est le symbole de Paris!

Musée du Louvre

france-the-louvre-museumcity-1920x2560Le Louvre est l’un des plus grands musées du monde et possède de nombreuses pièces d’art belle, comme la Mona Lisa.

Opera Garnier (also known as the Paris Opera)

Opera_House_Paris_France1L’Opéra Garnier est un opéra magnifique où principalement ballet est effectuée. Il est célèbre comme décor pour le livre et musical, Le Fantôme de l’Opéra.

Auberge Nicolas Flamel

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANicolas Flamel (le légendaire “immortel” alchimiste) était une personne réelle, et sa maison au 51 rue Montmorency est de la plus ancienne maison en pierre de Paris, construite en 1407. Il est maintenant un restaurant.

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Au revoir 🙂

Water Child

Moonlight trickles Underwater Sea Bubbles
Across the ocean
A ghostly, silent invader
Of the blackest abyss

Frightening creatures
Who live their lives
In the dark
And know nothing more

Rainbow fish
Who glide through the water
Colours transformed to grey
By the nighttime glow

Monolithic mammals
Who live life slowly
And are the gentlest mothers
Spouting water into the sea breeze air

Jagged teeth the size of your hand
That rip and shred and kill
And cold…. dead…. eyes
That stare without emotion into the dark

And the shark’s gentle cousin
Who soars through the water
And leaps through the air
Free from troubles

Unlike most of us

Water is lifeblood
It flows and ebbs
It heals
It changes

Like most of us

The girl watching, imagining
Wishes for more
But she knows that a life in the water is not for her.
In a way, she’s happy.

She will never soar through the air
Or flow like the water
Or burn like fire
Or become one with nature.

But she doesn’t care.
She has her own life to live.
And that’s good enough for her.

5 Great Reasons To Learn A New Language

Learning a new language isn’t the easiest thing to do, but it isn’t that hard either. Discovering a new culture is an enriching experience, and learning a foreign language is just the first step. For more reasons to learn a new language, read on …

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1. Discovering A New Culture

When you learn a new language, it also opens you up to a side of that culture you’d never have experienced otherwise. For example, if you learned how to speak and read Japanese, you could browse websites, watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, read books and do many other things with that language. It exposes you to another part of the world you’d never known.

2. Travelling Is Easier (and a lot more fun)

Most people can get by in a foreign country by carrying around a phrasebook and sticking to the populated, well-known tourist areas (where someone is bound to know English). But what if you want to go off the well-beaten tourist track and explore somewhere new? When you learn a new language, you can travel a lot easier. You won’t have to worry about carrying around a phrasebook or asking every person on the street if they can speak English. Besides, even if your language skills are a little rusty, foreigners will appreciate you at least trying to speak their language. By learning French, for example, you can speak to around 220 million new people!

3. It’s Great For Your Brain

Learning anything new is great for your brain, and learning a new language is no different. By learning you’re exercising your brain, and so you’ll be better at memorising and mental exercises.

4. It’ll Make Your First Language Better

Learning a new language makes you pay attention to grammar, patterns, sentence structure and simply the way words go together, which will also improve your first language. Since we speak our first language so naturally, we don’t tend to pay attention to how the words and sentences are actually set out, or how the grammar works. But by learning a new language, it forces us to pay more attention to how we speak and read in all our languages, which improves our skills.

5. Because It’s a Lot of Fun (if you do it right)

Learning a new language doesn’t have to be a chore. It’s great for your brain, for meeting new people, and for discovering a whole new culture you could never have known otherwise. You just need to find what motivates you. Do you want to live overseas someday? Love watching anime? Love listening to French music? Need to learn it for your dream job? Find what motivates you to do it and do it. Good luck!

Thank you in 13 different languages

Thank you!

Ma famille d’acceuil

paris-in-night-panoramic-france

For French class we had to write about our ‘famille d’acceuil’, or ‘host family’ in Paris. Of course, I’m not actually living in France nor have I ever visited Paris, but some day I hope I will.

En Francais:

Ma Famille d’Acceuil est très sympa, et très heureux. Nous habitons dans un appartement à Paris, dans le 15ème arrondissement*, à Vaugirard. C’est un petit apartement, mais c’est très beau. Il y a beacoup de fleurs. Mes parents d’accueil avaient une enfant, un enfant, elle s’appellait Amélie (comme le film), et elle a seize ans. Elle a deux chats, et elles sont très adorables!

Nous avons visité magnifiques la Louvre, l’Arc De Triomphe et le Tour Eiffel.

Le matin, nous sommes allés à un petit café le long de la Seine. Nous avons mangé beacoup du pain, de la confiture, le fruits, et la fromage. Miam! La semaine derniére, je suis allée au restaurant, et c’etait beau à l’interieur. La nourriture était délicieux. Nous avons mangée de la bouillabaisse et la ratatouille, et de macarons pour le desert.

Paris est très belle. J’adore les lumières de la ville à nuit. J’adore ma famille d’accueil, ils sont très sympa et heureux. J’adore la nourriture, la musique, et les personnes. J’adore Paris. Je vais visiter de nouveau un jour.

In English:

My host family is very nice, and very happy. We live in an apartment in Paris, in the Vaugirard arrondisement*. It is a little apartment, but it is very beautiful. There are lots of flowers. My host parents have one child, her name is Amélie (like the movie), and she is sixteen years old. She has two cats, and they are very adorable!

We visited the Louvre, the Arc De Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, and they were magnificent.

In the morning, we go to a little café along the River Seine. We eat lots of bread, jam, fruit and cheese. Yum! Last week, we went to a restaurant, and it was beautiful on the inside. The food was delicious. We had bouillabaisse, ratatouille, macarons for dessert.

Paris is very beautiful. I love the lights of the city at night. I love my host family, they are very nice and happy. I love the food, the music, and the people. I love Paris. I will visit again one day.

*Paris is split up into twenty administrative districts called arrondisements. When people in Paris refer to the arrondissements, they usually talk about them by number, and also say the subway station that is closest. For example: “the 15ème arrondissement à Vaugirard”. The one I’m talking about is the largest and most populated.