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Le saviez-vous? - Gérard raconte Antibes et ses environs View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Gérard will tell you about the history of Antibes, an ancient city with a fascinating past. One of the oldest cities in the region, it was built by the Phocaeans before Roman times.

Le saviez-vous? - L'histoire de la dictée - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia explains the importance of dictation exercises for learning French. Now an essential teaching tool in the classroom, dictation was originally a pastime for French nobility. The author Prosper Mérimée created a dictation exercise for Empress Eugénie that stumped even the brightest intellectuals. Think you can beat them? Try it yourself here.

Le saviez-vous? - La tradition de la Chandeleur - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia continues her series on the feast of Candlemas, which in France is centered around the crêpe. Due to its round shape and golden color, the crêpe was a symbol of the sun in pagan times.

Le saviez-vous? - L'histoire de la dictée - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

It took two hundred years to standardize French spelling before it could be taught in schools using a method called la dictée (dictation), in which a student writes out the words he or she hears. As a matter of fact, this is the exact same principle behind Yabla's Scribe game!

Le saviez-vous? - La tradition de la Chandeleur - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia delves into the festival of la Chandeleur, or Candlemas, which takes place on the second of February. In France, la Chandeleur is traditionally celebrated by eating crêpes.

Le saviez-vous? - Gérard raconte les Phocéens à Antibes View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Gérard tells us about the history of Antibes, which goes back to the Phocaeans. Those ancient people always consulted an oracle before undertaking a voyage into the unknown to conquer new territories.

Le saviez-vous? - Gérard raconte l'histoire d'Antibes View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Gérard will introduce you to Antibes, a beautiful city founded by the Phocaeans in the 400s BC. The Phocaeans were replaced by the Romans, who were replaced by the Christians. Nowadays Antibes has grown to become the third-largest city in the Alpes-Maritimes department.

Le saviez-vous? - La tradition de la galette des rois - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia explains in detail the tradition of the galette des rois (kings' cake), which predates Christianity. The tradition is linked to a Roman pagan celebration called Saturnalia, during which a lucky slave was crowned "king" for the day.

Le saviez-vous? - La tradition de la galette des rois - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia discusses the galette des rois (kings' cake), a classic holiday delicacy associated with the festival of Epiphany. A small figurine is placed inside the cake, and whoever finds it in his or her slice is crowned "king" or "queen" for the day.

Voyage en France - Chantilly - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In the final part of his tour of Chantilly, Daniel takes us back to the "Potager des Princes" (Princes' Vegetable Garden) and introduces us to some adorable barnyard critters, including a rooster, a pigeon, and some rabbits. The rabbits even have their own French-style village to roam around in, complete with a café, a town hall, and some villas too!

Voyage en France - Chantilly - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Continuing his tour of the town of Chantilly, Daniel takes us to a bucolic vegetable garden called the "Potager des Princes" (Princes' Vegetable Garden), which was frequented by many of France's most famous writers and dramatists, including Racine, Molière, and the Madame de Sévigné. Today it also includes a goat petting zoo!

Voyage en France - Chantilly - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this video, Daniel shows us around the town of Chantilly, famous for its horse races and for its beloved Chantilly cream (also known as whipped cream). You'll get an inside look at the town's beautiful racetrack, which is home to over three hundred events each year.

Voyage en France - Dourdan - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In the last episode on the town of Dourdan, Daniel shows us the Abbaye de L'Ouÿe (literally, "Hearing Abbey"). Legend has it that King Louis VII commissioned it in honor of his friends and loved ones who heard his cries when he was lost in the forest one day.

Voyage en France - Dourdan - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Dourdan is a historic town with a magnificent church called the Église de Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois. Renamed the "Temple of Victorious Reason" during the Revolution, the church now contains a statue that bears a striking resemblance to Darth Vader (known as Dark Vador in France).

Voyage en France - Dourdan - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel takes us inside the castle of Dourdan, with its belfry, arrow loops, and many fortifications. This castle has a somewhat unusual history: find out why its roof was knocked off and why it was pretty much impregnable.

Voyage en France - Dourdan - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Join Daniel on his discovery of Dourdan, a small town in the Essonne department. This charming place is filled with history and boasts a thirteenth-century covered market that has been rebuilt over the years and is still in use today.

Voyage en France - Le Mémorial de la France combattante - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel Benchimol takes us back to the WWII Mont-Valérien Memorial, just around the corner from the Suresnes American Cemetery. Jenna, the onsite guide, delivers a grim account of how mass executions by the Germans took place, from the reading of the sentence, to the long wait before the execution, to the firing squad and the disposing of the bodies.

Télé Lyon Métropole - Un manuscrit vieux de 1200 ans découvert à Lyon View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

In the process of relocating its archives, the diocese of Lyon discovered a thousand-year-old parchment dating from the time of Charlemagne.

Voyage en France - Le Mémorial de la France combattante - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel Benchimol visits the Memorial of Fighting France on Mont Valérien, west of Paris. He reads us a moving message from an anonymous person who wrote a farewell letter to his family just before being executed by the Germans in 1942.

Voyage en France - Poissy - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Don't miss this rendezvous with Daniel Benchimol in the town of Poissy near Paris. Enjoy a visit to a twelfth-century Romanesque church called the Collégiale de Poissy. You can also visit its priory, which now houses a toy museum to the delight of the little ones.

Voyage en France - Poissy - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel Benchimol takes us to the town of Poissy, about twenty kilometers from Paris. The town name is derived from the word poisson (fish) due to its once important fishing industry.

Lionel L - La Bastille View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The Paris mayor's office set up an outdoor exhibition at the Bastille recounting events that took place on the site of the famous prison. Most people know that the Bastille was stormed during the French Revolution of 1789, but not many people are aware of other important events that took place before and after the Revolution.

Aldo - L'empoisonneuse du 2e

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Aldo takes us to a very special house on 23 Rue Beauregard in Paris. In that house lived a shady character, Catherine Deshayes, who was responsible for the murder of thousands of infants. She and 36 others were burned at the stake by Louis XIV.

Lionel L - La Butte aux Cailles View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel takes us to the friendly Butte aux Cailles neighborhood in Paris. Its village-like atmosphere is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the capital. The Butte aux Cailles was formerly part of the small town of Gentilly before being attached to the city of Paris.

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