Interview: Tim Dup au top !

Five years ago, through chiseled texts and an electrifying melancholy, the general public discovered his voice! At only 26 years old, he is about to release his third album, “La course folle”. Light, escape and a contagious fury for life. Tim Dup is the guest of Augustin Trapenard.

After having distilled his inspiring and happy melancholy in these two previous opus, he is betting on lightness with La course folle, available on June 11. We talk about voice, but also poetry, piano, desire to dance, Supertramp and Christiane Taubira, with Tim Dup , in Boomerang. 


Interview excerpts

“There is something earthly in the #voice , it is very anchored in the ground, in what we are, in our human gravity. And at the same time, there is something heavenly.”

“I wanted to make music for the stage. The stage is a revelation, a truth, there are no artifices. It eats us or it marries us, there is no middle ground. “

“Words seduced me in college, they allowed me to construct amorous dialectics that overwhelmed me. It became a refuge. Writing that empty, and at the same time it fills: the more you write, the more you live, and the more we live the more we write! “

“My melancholy is fueled by a certain form of worry. But I value this doubt, which is little encouraged today. I think that it allows a more benevolent relationship with the world.”

“In this record, I have the impression of having found something. My voice, and a form of lightness. This dancing enthusiasm goes through the rhythm, and the harmonies. There are perhaps more solar musical colors. “

“There is this sentence of Cocteau which has followed me for years: the time of men is eternity folded.”

Listen to the TIM DUP interview at: Tim Dup au top !

Comme une Française: “Venir De” – Two meanings of this very useful French verb

You may already know the French verb Venir, which means “to come”. But, have you encountered its trickier neighbour, “Venir de”? We’ll explore its different meanings in today’s lesson, and I’ll show you how to use it in everyday French conversation. Take care and stay safe.

😘 from Grenoble, France.


Comme une française: How to pronounce the “euil” sound

How do you pronounce fauteuil in French? How about écureuil, or accueil? Each of these words use the weird French sound “euil”

It’s no secret that many French words have weird pronunciation. And one sound that always makes French learners pause is the “euil” sound. You’ll see it in words like un fauteuil (an armchair), un écureuil (a squirrel), and un accueil (welcome / hospitality / an entrance lobby). In today’s lesson, I’ll show you some tricks for getting around this weird French pronunciation, so you can get better at speaking real, everyday French! Let’s go!

Take care and stay safe. 😘 from Grenoble, France. Géraldine

A Few Favorite French Christmas Traditions

By Catherine Rickman

Christmastime is all about pomp and circumstance and tradition, and who does tradition better than the meticulous French? In this video from France-based New Zealander Rosie (AKA Not Even French, currently back in NZ for quarantine), you’ll get to explore a few of the fun habits the French have picked up over several hundred Decembers.

Some things are similar, like Santa Claus or Père Noël, but did you know about his spooky brother, Père Fouettard? How about what a papillote is? Or what French children leave out for Santa instead of stockings? Rosie touches on things like the religious remnants of Catholic France, like the popularity of calendriers de l’avent or the handmade santons in a crèche, or nativity scene. She covers Réveillon, the great Christmas Eve feast (more on that here), and mentions the delicious Treize Desserts popular in Provence. And we’ll help fill in her gaps on knowledge of French Christmas songs in this list.

So whether you’re spending Christmas in France, or just dreaming of the vitrines at the Galeries Lafayette, enjoy this little sampler of French holiday customs this season.

Source: A Few Favorite French Christmas Traditions – Frenchly

Joyeux Noël from Notre Dame Cathedral

Sous les auspices de l’Église de Paris représentée par Monseigneur Michel Aupetit, archevêque de Paris la Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris donnera un concert de Noël dirigé par Henri Chalet, son directeur, dans la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Ce concert événement, diffusé sur France 2 et KTO se déroulera dans le strict respect des normes sanitaires en cours et réunira 20 chanteurs du choeur d’adultes de la Maîtrise, accompagnés par Yves Castagnet à l’orgue positif (instrument loué pour l’occasion), ainsi que par 2 solistes: Julie Fuchs (soprano) et Gautier Capuçon (violoncelle).