If you still struggle with the pronunciation of the “R” sound in French, you’re not alone! A lot of my students struggle with this, and you could be speaking French for ten, even twenty years and still not quite get it. It’s so frustrating! But the real question is… does it even matter?
We’ll explore that in today’s lesson, and then I’ll share my tips to help you improve your pronunciation of the French R? Let’s dive in!
A very chilly christmas includes covers of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and David Berman’s “Snow Is Falling in Manhattan”
Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales has announced a new holiday album. A very chilly christmas arrives November 13 (via Gentle Threat) and features Feist and Jarvis Cocker. The album includes covers of Mariah Carey’s classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and David Berman’s “Snow Is Falling in Manhattan,” as well as standards like “Silent Night” and “Auld Lang Syne” (which Gonzales reworked as “Auld Lang Mynor”). “The Banister Bough” is the album’s sole original song. Find the full tracklist and watch a trailer below.
“Christmas is a time of very mixed intense emotion for me, and the existing canon often sounds like a forced smile,” Chilly Gonzales said in a press release. “Christmas is a typical time for superficial happiness, but also a time for reflection and mourning the sad events throughout the year, and to play the songs in a minor key makes Christmas more authentic and realistic.”
Listening to French music is a great way to improve your French oral comprehension and speak more modern, everyday French. Today, we’ll discover a famous French love song — perhaps you can use some of these romantic phrases in your own life! Hymne à l’Amour (= Anthem for Love, literally) is a song from 1949 by the very famous French singer Édith Piaf. She was a huge star between 1935 and 1960.
Let’s walk through this French love song’s history, some of its lyrics, and see how you could use some of this French poetry yourself! Take care and stay safe. – Géraldine