Coucou les French learners,
Today is a very special day. It is November, 11th which ends the Great War. In 1918, the Allies and Germany signed the armistice that ended hostilities on the Western Front.
The French soldiers who fought this war were called les Poilus which literally means “hairy” so I thought that they were called that way because they could not shave and wore long beards. Well, I was awfully wrong! To be poilu also means to be courageous. It is an old French expression. And back then, soldiers had to shave their beards in order to wear the masks against the asphyxiating gaz. Read more about the Great war in last year’s newsletter.
Today in Portugal and in Germany, we celebrate Saint Martin de Tours who was first a Roman soldier. One day as he was approaching the gates of the city of Amiens, he met a scantily clad beggar. He impulsively cut his military cloak in half to share with the man. Read the legend in comprehensible French.
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Episode #23 is a captivating conversation with Virginie Séba, Parisian and artist. She talks about slam and her new show about incredible American musician and singer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe!
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