Happy National French Week everybody! Thats right, an entire week of events just to celebrate French. In order to encourage everybody to partake in these events, they are the center of the blog this week.
Schedule of Events:
Monday-Friday you should be getting trivia questions in your inbox. This is a great way to learn new things about the Francophone world to reinvigorate your interest in the language! Be the first to answer them all correctly and win a prize…
Tuesday, Nov. 6
2:30-4:00 Walton 235 Nadia Marzouki: Islam and marginalization in France
An AMAZING lecture opportunity for all!!! This is an increasingly important discussion all around the world, and specifically in France which has many Muslim former colonies and immigrants.
6:30 WISH house Crepe party
meet the language assistant and smooze with the French professors– this is a great chance to get some verbal practice in.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
7:00 pm Montag Crazy — A Francophone film (more on this below)
Thursday Nov. 8
4:00 pm LLC Workshop on MIXXER and SHARED TALK
I know we covered this in the blog but you should all come and set up an account and get your first conversations going while the LLC staff is around to help!
Also, don’t forget that Goudy will be serving special French dishes all week. Food is a hugely important part of French culture so make sure to get a taste.
Second, If any of you are like me, making a video showing during the week is tough. Of course I encourage you all to go, but if you can’t I also want to remind you that the library has a great selection of French movies to check out. Watching them is a fun way to learn culture and practice listening comprehension. To search the video stacks at the library click here. Below I have posted links to the catalog info on my favorites…
La Femme Nikita – a cult classic, need I say more?
Le Diner des Cons – hilarious and classic, just don’t throw that word around in France
Astérix & Obélix Mission Cléopâtre - Gerard Depardieu as the classic comic character, a must see!
Les Choristes - This is a little known gem in the states but one of the best movies I have ever seen, especially if you are into the vocal arts
Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain Amélie de Montmartre – We know it as Amelie, and you can’t see it too many times
L’Auberge Espagnol – a story of college students, and a rising cult classic
8 Femmes – a French musical murder mystery
Cyrano de Bergerac – a must see for any person studying French, period
Of course, these are just a few, so go and explore for yourself!
Thirdly, did you know there is a language librarian? Doreen Simonsen is there to help you out if you need to find any library resources. Her e-mail is and I happen to know that she speaks French, so she could help you out with researching articles in French as well. (She is also an avid movie connoisseur so she can recommend many more French movies than I have above)
Have a great week and let me know if there is anything you would like to see in this space!