French the natural way : retour dans le passé

Coucou les French learners,

We celebrated la fête de la Toussaint on Monday and I thought I would share with you this lullaby. It used to be sung to the Princes of France:


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The lullaby says: ” Sleep, sleep my little prince, don’t be scared of the werewolves, don’t listen to the wind creaking, the French saints are looking after you…

Who are those French saints who had incredible lives? Let’s travel to the past…

Les Saintes de France

I am very grateful to have had Claudine Hemingway as a former student. Claudine is American but I can confirm she is more Parisian than myself! She knows so much about French History and her newsletters are always filled with fascinating stories about Paris. In one recent newsletter, Claudine wrote about the Ladies of the Luxembourg. When you walk through le Jardin du Luxembourg, you will see 20 statues of incredible French women. Some of them are the saints mentioned in the lullaby.

Madame sainte Geneviève

She is as Claudine mentioned: ” the Patron Saint of Paris who at just seven years old devoted her life to God and was blessed by Saint Germain of Auxerre. When Attila the Hun was headed to destroy Paris, she gathered everyone at the banks of the Seine to pray. Attila and his men changed course and headed to Orleans. In 464 she saved hungry Parisians by navigating the blockades on the Seine to gather grain in Brie et Troyes to feed the citizens.” More recently, during the First World Ward, the German were very near Paris so the Parisians, once again prayed their Patron and Paris was miraculously saved by the taxis from La Marne.

Madame Sainte Radegonde

She was born in Erfurt, Thuringia where I used to live in Germany! She married Clotaire the First, son of Clovis and became queen of the Francs. She is also know as Radegonde de Poitiers because she founded the Abbey Sainte-Croix de Poitiers in 552.

Madame Blanche de Castille

She also has a statue in le Jardin du Luxembourg. Claudine Hemingway explains that: ” she was born in Castille, Spain. Her father was king Alfonso VIII and her mother, Eleanor of England who was the daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Eleanor decided Blanche was the most regal looking and in the 1200 Peace Treaty it was added that Blanche would marry the son of Philippe Auguste, Louis VIII. In 1214 she gave birth to Louis IX, also know as Saint Louis and devoted her entire life to him. At just twelve years old when his father died, Blanche served as regent, with an iron fist. Louis and his mother were very close, raising him to be pious, devoted to the church and teaching him to respect his role as king.

QUOI DE NEUF ?

Our new series – The Motivation Break – in English continues! It is in English because I really want to share French learners experiences.

The goal of this series is to motivate YOU to keep acquiring French. The path to acquisition has its ups and downs but the journey is the reward!

ANYONE CAN BECOME FLUENT IN ONE OR SEVERAL LANGUAGES.
YOU CAN BECOME FLUENT IN FRENCH.

Our last conversation was with Fabio Carvalho from Brazil. As Tricia commented: ” Fabio’s energy is infectious!“.

Fabio teaches English using comprehensible input and in his free time, he acquires French. Fabio joined our community and from time to time he will participate with enthusiasm in our book clubs and stories together. In this video, Fabio talks about the difference between passive and active listening. It is a true inspiration!

Let’s imagine a story together!

We are meeting this Saturday November, 6 to co-create a story! The objective is to publish a great story for the community! So far, you can enjoy two stories on YouTube.

We will spend the first 30 minutes co-creating a character and plot together. We will then write and discuss. This will get the story in written form, and through the process we will read the story again and maybe even embellish it!

JOIN US for a fun story together! How exciting! Who knows you may talk to Fabio, or Kay?!

Gain New Friends and Get Involved with the French Learners Community. #youarenotalone
Increase your vocabulary and comprehension #storyispower
Reduce your stress #relax

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