Anyone know some good french songs to help me practice?
I came up with a strategy that might help me practice french and get used to the pronunciation. I figured that listening to music with french lyrics would not only be fun but an easy way to get used to the pronunciation of words, phrases, and grammar. I know two french songs already and they have helped me quite a bit but listening to the same songs over and over again gets really annoying. So can anyone give me some new french songs to listen to? I'm not picky about genre, as long as it sounds good and has spoken french lyrics it will work. Thank you to anyone who replies!
By the way, if you're wondering what the two songs I know are, they're "Amour plastique" by Videoclub and "Tourner dans le vide" by Indila. Both of those are really good starters if anyone wants to try out my method as well.
Edit for clarification, I don't care if the songs are old or new. I actually love old songs and I would be interested to see the style of french songs in the early years. Don't fret if you think it's "too old," some of my favorite songs are from the 20s all the way to the 80s and 90s.
How "new" do you want the songs to be? Francis Cabrel has usually a very good enunciation in his songs. His most famous are "Petite Marie" et "Je l'aime à mourir". Jean-Jacques Goldman is another favorite in my family. My kids love to sing "Je marche seul" and think he's cool even if the songs are from the 80's and 90's!!! :) Consider some old classics that have been covered time and time again by newer singer: "Ne me quitte pas" and "Je suis malade" are songs that were originally sang by Jacques Brel and were covered more recently by In-Grid and Lara Fabian. I also thing listening to music is the best way to learn another language. Have fun! :)
I love old music! Especially stuff from the 80s and 90s. I'll definitely check them out!
My brother and I started to learn French in school when we were children, so we were taught many children's songs in French. When my daughter was born and my Italian husband refused to bring her up bilingual by speaking only Italian to her while I spoke English, I brought her to the home of friend twice a week from when she was an infant. While there we spoke only French. My friend, who was Belgian, taught her little songs that she had taught her own daughters.
"Ainsi Font, Font, Font" is a very well known French children's song. I love this rendition of it.
If you would like to learn other classic children songs, you can find them on the 'net with the lyrics written out. My brother and I have never forgotten "Sur le pont d"Avignon". Hearing that will round out your education in old fashioned French children's songs. :-)
I'm quite surprised that no-one has mentioned Joe Dassin!
Well at least here, in Russia, he is very popular and I hear his songs played on the radio many times a day.
So, I guess, he is not as popular in other countries?
Anyway, I still think he is a great musician and has a lot of very good songs, for example: "Champs Élysées", "L'été indien", "Salut", etc
Are there many French singers in Russia? Or is French a language spoken there? Please excuse my ignorance, I know next to nothing about the country.
Nowadays very few Russian people speak French.
But before the revoulutions of 1917 it was the language of the upper class - in fact, a lot of nobles spoke in French much better than in Russian.
Even the greatest Russian authors of that time often used words of French origin or just wrote whole sentences in French.
Take for example "War and Peace" by Leon Tolstoi. It is considered to be one of the greatest works of Russian litterature.
Well, firstly, the book starts with a monologue in French :)
But also, it has been counted that about 3% of the text is in French. What does this mean? Well, the novel is ~1200 pages. So, 3% of is about 36 pages --- there are 36 pages written only in French!!!
I am (trying to) read War and Peace, and a lot of the dialogue between characters is in French. I never thought about 36 full pages! Wow!
I very much appreciate your additions to this thread, RWG. Your perspective is appreciated. I will have to move on to Tolstoy if he began "War and Peace" in French! The problem is that I am quite old and I just recently (within the past five years) read "Crime and Punishment" (in English translation). I do not have time to read all the great Russian literature as the Russian writers tend to write lengthy books!
Great to hear that Jo Dassin is popular in Russia ! In France, it is no longer the case since a long time and even not occasionaly on the radio, this also explains that.
Are you an adult or youth? That would make a difference (I'm not asking for exact age).
Mr Gizmo's lyrics lack accents and some conjugation is incorrect but the lyrics are indeed useful to follow Indila's song. Both are a nice choice but advanced for some.
I can recommend Mrs yéyé, she's a singer and songwriter who's very active on internet, you can find all her songs on youtube and they often have subtitles (or lyrics in the description) which can be useful if you can't understand some words. Her style can vary a lot but overall it's a kind of electro-rock with metal and hip-hop influences. By the way, she made a cover of "Tourner dans le vide" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h95g35CvmI)
These singers are older ('50s - '70s). I find they sing pretty clearly:
- Georges Brassens
- Charles Aznavour
For recent stuff, I like
- Juliette Armanet
Johnny Hallyday - Rivière, ouvre ton lit (1969 album)
by the way, i don't know if it's true, but as I have heard, this album was recorded in London and Jimmy Page actually took part in the recording as a session musician!!!
Regarding Johnny Hallyday, I was surprised to find out that the lyrics of his cover of If you are going to San Fransisco are a lot different from the original https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn8EWregiyA as well as his cover of the House of the Rising Sun (love that song and his singer).
"La mer" by Charles Trenet
La mer, qu'on voit danser Le long des golfes clairs A des reflets d'argent, la mer Des reflets changeants sous la pluie
La mer au ciel d'été confond ses blancs moutons Avec les anges si purs La mer, bergère d'azur, infinie Voyez, près des étangs Ces grands roseaux mouillés Voyez ces oiseaux blancs Et ces maisons rouillées
La mer, les a bercés Le long des golfes clairs Et d'une chanson d'amour La mer a bercé mon cœur pour la vie
It was on the soundtrack of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" at the end :-)
I do not believe anyone provided links to any of Edith Piaf's songs yet, so I thought I would. There are many that are wonderful; I only chose a couple, and I chose versions that had the lyrics posted. I also included the song "Avant Toi" from the Claude Lelouch film "Edith et Marcel", which Edith Piaf did not sing in reality but which I find gripping.
"Je ne regrette rien"(Edith Piaf)...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJvI0WNihyM "Milord' (Edith Piaf)...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo9-M22-C2E "Avant Toi" (from the film "Edith et Marcel)...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb3TWbCAk6I
Here is one by Nana Mouskouri. She has a vice like an angel. There are many versions of this song by her on YouTube with lyrics, but none done as as well as this one.
Plaisir d'amour ne dure qu'un moment, Chagrin d'amour dure toute la vie.
Tu m'as quitté pour la belle Sylvie, Elle te quitte pour un autre amant
Plaisir d'amour ne dure qu'un moment, Chagrin d'amour dure toute le vie.
Tant que cette eau coulera doucement Vers ce ruisseau qui borde la prairie, Je t'aimerai, te répétait Sylvie. L'eau coule encore elle a changé pourtant.
Plaisir d'amour ne dure qu'un moment, Chagrin d'amour dure toute la vie.