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French civilisation, litterature and history

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Hello all French-learners!I created this discussion where we can write everything concerns the French civilisation, litterature and history.We can speak in English and in French. Bonjour à tous les apprenants de français!J' ai créé ce discours où on peut écrire sur tout ce qui concerne la civilisation,la littérature et l' histoire française.On peut parler en anglais et en français.

4 years ago

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Sounds very interesting, followed! :)

4 years ago

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Have you ever read classic French litterature?I have read Cyrano de Bergerac,L' enfant et la rivière and now I am reading Le chien jaune!

4 years ago

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Simenon's books absorb the reader completely, while they're being read. My wife, who has read several of these books in English, thinks Maigret's wife is marvelous. All the books about Maigret that I've read have been great; so look for more if you liked Le Chien jaune. I haven't read it, but maybe I can get hold of a copy.

L'Enfant et la rivière sounds good too. I'll try to find it. You may like Le Pays où l'on n'arrive jamais, by Andre Dhôtel, which is for chidren (it seems to me) and is quite good reading, if you like stories about children. I've read several French children's books or books about chidren, thinking they might be easier reading. Some were and some were not. Probably my favorite was the series of souvenirs d'enfance by Marcel Pagnol, written for adults, which begins with La Gloire de mon père, but most of these "juvenile" books were good reading.

4 years ago

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Well,this May I will take the exam of Sorbonne C1-Littérature et civilisation (http://www.paris-sorbonne.fr/module-litterature-et-civilisation).For this cerificate, I have to learn the analysis of two classic litteratre books, which for this year are Cyrano de Bergerac and L' enfant et la rivière.L' enfant et la rivière is a book which is adressed to adults, but it' s a history of two children, Pascalet and Gatzo, who will have to survive alone on a river for several days.Henri Bosco won the prize Renaudot for this book.

4 years ago

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Cyrano I'm familiar w/. Haven't read the play but did read the historical Cyrano's
Histoire comique des États et Empires de la Lune in Russian . . . well, most of it, anyway. ;) I've wanted to read Rostand's play for some time, but I have not got around to it, being sidetracked by studying Russian, among other things.

Bosco's book I've heard mention of, and I read some of the French Wikipedia description before writing my prev. note. It is surely much more "classic" than the book I mentioned by H. Dhôtel.

If you're studying at the Sorbonne at a C1 level, you obviously do not need my advice to read children's books. I hope you did not take offence. How do you enjoy your studies? Are you living in Paris, and do you have access to their libraries? Very best of success with the exams!.

4 years ago

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Unfortunately I don' t live in Paris, but my parents say that if they are jobless in 2 years time, we will probably move there (OK, that' s 99% sure, as we live in Greece).I really enjoy my course and I love France and whatever concerns this country.Last year I visited Strasbourg and I really adored it!I want to study and live my whole life there!!!

4 years ago

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Well, I wish the very best of success to your parents. Being jobless when you need a job is no fun whatsoever. And, again, good luck and much success with your course. It sounds great.

. . . if "have you ever visited Paris?" was directed at me, then: No, I've never been outside the U.S. My twin brother visits Europe every year--in fact, he'll be in Greece next month--but I've never been.

4 years ago

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Well, have you ever visited Paris?

4 years ago

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No, I wasn' t adressed to you.I just wanted to have a discussion about Paris and its monuments.

4 years ago

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Which monuments of Paris you know?

Here is an interesting video about 'Notre Dame de Paris': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHErirUm42c

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Well, Paris, as the majority of French cities, is a well preserved city, so except from its famous monuments (the Eiffel tower, Monmarte, Notre Dame de Paris, the Arc de Triomphe,...) you may see and other less famous monuments.I have visited Strasbourg and I was totally impressed by all preserved buildings.Strasbourg is a great city!Can I upload here some photos?

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Here is an interesting video about the Eiffel Tower.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsNvRhLWuBE

4 years ago