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French say, quotes... Related to French culture

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Clarita12345 Fri 14-Nov-14 21:05:27

Hi there
I am looking for a Say, a Quote, a Proverb, a short Poem, a Song in French but Related to French culture. Please quote few ones or lead me to any websites. Merci beaucoup x

Jux Fri 14-Nov-14 23:22:49

This is a song:

Clarita12345 Sat 15-Nov-14 04:58:15

Merci Jux

Clarita12345 Sat 15-Nov-14 22:11:44

No Ideas.. No help hmmhmm

Tisy10 Sat 15-Nov-14 22:14:28

In what sort of context or more to the point what's it for? There are loads of quotes/songs etc relating to French culture

BestIsWest Sat 15-Nov-14 22:17:28


chacon a son gout.

Ca plane pour moi

katandkits Sat 15-Nov-14 22:18:33

I think you need to give more specific information. You can google a list of French proverbs.

KatieKaye Sat 15-Nov-14 22:24:34

We sing "for he's a jolly good fellow" - French children sing "Marlbrouk s'en va-t-en guerre" to the same tune:

BestIsWest Sat 15-Nov-14 22:41:49

Sur Le pont d'Avignon. Frere Jacques. Accroches toi a ton reves.

We need more info. I could keep going all night

Bunbaker Sat 15-Nov-14 22:43:32

Merde grin

Clarita12345 Sun 16-Nov-14 07:40:02

To clarifie mire,
It's to do with Gcse French topics: school, school uniform, pass-time, family, travel, food....I need to find quotes, citations, short poems or songs, a gag. but related to French could be a recipe like Les Crêpes, Le Pain Perdu.... Thank you

Clarita12345 Sun 16-Nov-14 07:49:43

(Mire)...More grin

KatieKaye Sun 16-Nov-14 07:56:29

Ah, well how about le gouter?
Legendary after-school snack.
Our version (French grandmother) was a plain cookie/bun (not easy to get croissants or brioche in Scotland in the 60s!) sliced in two and warmed in the oven. She'd then pop some plain chocolate in the middle.
Basically like pain au chocolat - but better.
here's an article that even includes a literary reference.

velourvoyageur Sun 16-Nov-14 08:32:16

aw, gouter. I stayed at my grandmother's house in Limousin a lot during my childhood and gouter was always a bit of baguette with a square of dark chocolate and then whipped cream. Or clafouti with lots of sugar, or homemade cassis and groseille sorbet, or sometimes there'd be a box from the bakery with religieuses, figues, alcohol soaked pêches patissières in little plastic tubs, paris brests....
When I went to my great-grandmother's near Argenton, she always got her cook to make me a galette for gouter and breakfast, really greasy and perfectly golden.
And a canard (sugar cube in coffee) when the adults were having coffee after lunch.
And we were always allowed to dip our fingers into the adults' wine and champagne glasses during apéro starting from toddlerhood, several times (and since I was a bit of a chouchou of my grandmother, I could keep on doing it the whole time and she'd just chuckle fondly).....while my grandfather fretted when my cousin asked for rhum raisin ice cream once hmm

ahem. anyway. Those are not usable quotes are they blush

school....I have contact with French kids & still can't get the hang of all the CM1, CM2, maternelle, terminale stuff. Less complicated than Germany tho!
Erm. When I give them gouter it's usually a Yop, a compote in a little pouch (like you give to babies), 'gateaux' which is biscuits and a petit filou, fromage blanc. And French kids are wonderfully adventurous with all types of cheese but don't be fooled into thinking they love all veg and are little angels with food, and yes they do throw it, course they do smile
However the school menus are works of art. For e.g. my charge will eat 'quinoa rouge, saint-nectaire, pont l'évèque, filet de saumon sauce oseille, escalope de volaille avec sauce champignons, betteraves, choux rouge vinaigrette, beignets de salsifis, sauté de porc caramel...' next week, and she's 2 and this is a state maternelle. (I took a menu home with me last week cos I was so impressed wink- far cry from my turkey twizzler and arctic roll primary school days)

And well, Picard is god in supermarket form, it sustains me. It's like upmarket Farmfoods and all of the stuff is own brand, like M&S. Except that they don't know how to handle aubergines in France it seems.
Oh and the French are mad for M&S, there's a few shops here in Paris. I pop in every week to get red leicester and proper bread and it's just packed with people buying crumpets and English desserts. It's the same price as other supermarkets here as well even though all imported.
It's not done for a French person to go to Ladurée but buying macarons from M&S is chic apparently.

I'm supposed to be finishing an essay about 'le pacifisme occidental de l'entre-deux-guerres' right now, and the only proverb that's coming to mind in view of Frenchness is 'si vis pacem, para bellum' which isn't even French.

KatieKaye Sun 16-Nov-14 08:36:43

My French GM firmly believed alcohol was good for children with colds.
A Snowball was her favourite to give us (I tended to choke on brandy as a tot and still do as an adult) - she thought it was doubly good as it had eggs in it too...

Karenthetoadslayer Sun 16-Nov-14 08:42:27

Hi PO. I get most if my inspiration from

I can probably help, but I am not entirely sure what exactly you are looking for?

Karenthetoadslayer Sun 16-Nov-14 08:47:42

blush Two typos in one sentence, sorry OP.

katandkits Sun 16-Nov-14 09:36:08

Is this to use with gcse pupils? What is your role exactly? Pop songs are fun but linguistically not very accessible for lower ability pupils. With music videos it is easier though.

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