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Excellent song for practising French subjunctive

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by rosaespanola, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. rosaespanola

    rosaespanola New commenter

    I've just come across a song that would be fantastic for practising the subjunctive in French (well I say "came across"...actually one of my new Y12s has been listening to French radio and presented me with the lyrics to a song she likes, saying "what tense is this? I've never seen it before." I wish all of my students were like her!).
    The song is Je Te Promets by Zaho - the video and lyrics are here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hKsCORDPIA
  2. thanks, rosaespanola - And yeah, I also wish I had more students like the one who introduced you to the song!
  3. Lovely song - will give it to my A2 for their weekly assignment!
    Merci beaucoup!!!
  4. Mille merci pour la chanson! Cette une chanson qui est assez lente afin que les eleves puissent entendre et comprendre toutes les paroles.
    Quelques chansons que j'ai utilise avec mes eleves (Francais 1, 2, et 3) de lycee etaient:
    Et si tu n’éxistais pas de Willey Denzey (passe et conditionel)
    Pour que tu m'aimes encore de Celine Dion (future)
    Lundi matin (present)
    C'est l'Halloween (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLUIopGXEQQ)</font>

  5. mlapworth

    mlapworth Occasional commenter

    For some reason the original link is blocked in Spain, so I can't open it. So I did a search for the song with lyrics and couldn't believe the number of spelling / grammar mistakes in every single version that I looked at. It's not just the English who have difficulties spelling French ;-)
  6. henriette

    henriette New commenter

    It seems to be blocked in Berkshire as well!
  7. mlapworth

    mlapworth Occasional commenter

  8. rosaespanola

    rosaespanola New commenter

    Oh dear! Well if you search for it on youtube it should come up with something, even if it's just the song without the video.
  9. thank you, this is great!
  10. GordonNome

    GordonNome New commenter

    Great song, thank you! I have found a version with lyrics and few mistakes on YouTube done by Yuukiiix3.
    Am considering telling my Year13 student that there are a few mistakes and making him find them as a proofreading exercise!
  11. landaise

    landaise Occasional commenter

    For the lyrics: paroles-musique.com
  12. templing

    templing Occasional commenter

    Pas toi (JJ Goldman) is a classic for the subjunctive (quoi que je fasse, etc.) and not a bad song either clip:

  13. Thanks Rosa. To those (including you) who haven't used it before...try this song (and loads of others) with your classes on http://www.lyricstraining.com/play/10547/zaho/je_te_promets
    Lyrics training is a fab site which I use (used to teach in UK, now in Canada) all the time!
  14. backwardfinesse

    backwardfinesse New commenter

    Just done conditionals with Yr 10s... Who would have thought that Cloclo singing "Si j'avais un marteau", first via this clip, ...
    then after looking at lyrics transcript, whole class joining in Karaoke version of same...
    ...Who would have imagined streetwise 15y/os getting really carried away with it? Can recommend!
    Now planning to follow up with this (Si j'etais president...)...
  15. friteng

    friteng New commenter

    Thank you, an interesting song.
    If you want to revise Pluperfect Tense you might know Marinette by Georges Brassens, witty as well.
  16. Herringthecat

    Herringthecat New commenter

    Wow, thanks for the JJ Goldman link. I listened to this album to death when I was in about year 9. I wrote the lyrics to 'Americain' on the back of every French exercise book I had!

    Now, for future tense my favourite song is 'La dame de Haute Savoie' by Francis Cabrel

  17. Herringthecat

    Herringthecat New commenter

    Mika Grace Kelly in French has the line 'que faut-il que je sois'

  18. Had a supply teacher in the other day who recommended Stephanie de Monaco singing 'Ouragan' - a hit from the mid '80s.<<Je voudrais pas que tu t'en ailles>>, amongst other subjunctives. Catchy tune and the students like it and are remembering the grammar! It's on you tube.

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