Les ananas ne parlent pas?

In my efforts to learn French this semester, I’ve been trying to watch, read or listen to something in French every day.

I listen to Radio France International’s 10-minute podcast en français facile.

I watch Le Journal (with subtitles) on WNYE.

And I’ve been trying to read food blogs in French. I say “try” because, well, they’re blogs. They’re slangy, they have typos, they have weird turns of phrase in them, but at the same time, they force me to read in a way I won’t get to otherwise, and it introduces me to a lot of words I wouldn’t otherwise encounter. (To wit: my textbook translates moule as “mussel” but it can also mean a cake pan.)

Anyway, here are my personal favorites so far:

I won’t say these blogs are the reason I got an A, but I’m pretty sure they didn’t hurt.

Endnote: the title of this post is a reference to Téléfrançais, an educational kids’ show from the late 1980s, which, well, see for yourself…

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7 thoughts on “Les ananas ne parlent pas?

  1. You inspire me. I’ll have to take two more semesters of French at some point in the not-too-distant future. It wouldn’t have occured to me to look for blogs in French.

    NOW what you need to do is translate “It smells like a hobo’s ass in August” into French! From what I vaguely remember from 1987 (when I took my first class) August is Aout (?) or something similar.

    Merci, Kristen!

  2. Fen Tiger: Perhaps someday, you’ll be riding a subway on a hot, humid summer day, sitting next to a person of questionable hygiene, and suddenly, you’ll know exactly what raclette cheese smells like. And then you will get away from it as quickly as possible.

    Catherine: Téléfrançais was just this weird show that was on public television during the day when I was a kid. I tried explaining it to my husband for years: “It was this pineapple… that spoke French… what?”

  3. Wonderful! I have studied much French, but have only a barely passable grasp on the language now…

    I’m going to check out all these links you sent.


  4. “Oui, les ananas parlez!”
    “Non! Ce n’est pas possible!”

    That was every exchange from every episode.

    (Except I had totally forgotten about Pilote. Kinda made my day.)

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