Hi again! I hope that you are all well this week of Halloween!
To be in the theme of the season, I decided that the first resource of the week should be about the French version of Halloween, Toussaint (all saints day). I should first include a disclaimer that Toussaint is not at all like our version of All Saints Day. The French do not dress up and host parties or trick-or-treat. Instead the day is a more serious and traditional holiday, in fact, it is a legal holiday.
Traditionally, Toussaint recognizes the collection of Saints recognized by the Catholic church, but modern tradition involves visiting and maintaining family graves in cemeteries and honoring the deceased. French painter Emile Friant captures this in her painting La Toussaint (click here to see the painting).
Here, for you interest, are links to sites that talk about Toussaint
– Wikipedia: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toussaint
–Toussaint around the world: http://www.web-libre.org/dossiers/toussaint,1598.html
Because last week’s Wikipedia article was a big hit, I want to point out that even less academic but popular sites, such as YouTube can be used to learn language in a fun way. I hope you have all seen the famous Foux de fa fa video and 118. But here are some more entertaining French-related videos for your perusal.
–Sarkozy on 60 minutes: http://youtube.com/watch?v=xkapbaK32PM&feature=bz301
–Simpson in French: Sarkozy Chez les Simpnson: http://youtube.com/watch?v=mYpdgBhYNl0
–Eddie Izzard: A Transvestite Comic makes fun of learning French: http://youtube.com/watch?v=x1sQkEfAdfY
–Hakuna Matata in French: http://youtube.com/watch?v=J57a3vnhgLs
–And lastly for a laugh, Phoebe trying to teach Joey French: http://youtube.com/watch?v=jN1oHGlfQlc
French Word-A-Day e-mail
To end this week: if you want an effortless way to improve your vocabulary, you can go to this website and sign up to get an e-mail every couple of days with a new interesting vocab words, examples of how to use them, and expressions that will add life to your language!
Hope you have a great week!