French Word du jour 21 aout 2018

Mardi, vingt-et-un août deux-mille-dix-huit (date in French)
mar-dee, vin-eh-oon oot do-mill dees weet (pronunciation)
Tuesday, 21 August 2018 (translation)

Le Quiz français du Jour
Essayez de faire correspondre les titres français et anglais des films et série télévisée réalisés par l’actrice canadienne britannique Kim Cattrall.

Try to match the French and English titles of the films and television series made by British-Canadian actress Kim Cattrall.

1. Le Retour des Mousquetaires
2. Un homme de rêve
3. Le lièvre et la tortue
4. La foire aux monstres
5. J’en ai vraiment envie
6. Le Bûcher des vanités
A. A Dream Man
B. I really want to
C. The Bonfire of the Vanities
D. The Return of the Musketeers
E. The Monster’s Fair
F. The Bunny and the Turtle

Holidays and Observances: 21-août

Senior Citizen Day
La journée des seniors

Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan in Le Week-End (2013)

Poet’s Day
Journée des poètes

Poet Gérard de Nerval walking his pet Lobster in Paris.

Stay Home with your Kids Day
Le jour pour rester à la maison avec vos enfants

The three sisters; Daughters of Alexandre Braun (1904). by Théo Van Rysselberghe (1862-1926)

This day in History: 21-août

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

On this day in 1911 the painting, known in French as La Joconde,* {the Mona Lisa} is stolen.

The Mona Lisa was painted sometime between 1503 and 1506 by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).

Created at a time when most pictures depicted people with very serious faces the Mona Lisa was very striking if not radical for its day. So radical in fact that Francesco del Giocondo, (the husband of the subject of the Mona Lisa) refused to pay for the painting.

And so Leonardo da Vinci hung the picture in his bathroom for a number of years. Leonardo left the painting to his assistant at the time of his death.

*La Joconde is a play on words as the woman in the portrait is Lisa Gherardini Giocondo the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. (“Mona” is short for “ma donna” {my lady}).

In Italian the painting is known as La Gioconda meaning “jovial-one” or “happy-one” it is a pun on Lisa’s married name “Giocondo. The name La Joconde is the French version of the same pun.

Triva: The Mona Lisa is painted on wood and not canvas. The Mona Lisa used to have red lips but the red paint has faded over the years.

The Mona Lisa holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known insurance valuation in history at $100 million in 1962, which is worth nearly $800 million in 2017.

The Mona Lisa is missing!

On 21 August 1911, the painting was stolen from the Salon Carré (Square Lounge) of the Louvre where the picture had been hanging for the last five year.

Two years later the thief revealed himself.

Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia had stolen the Mona Lisa by entering the building during regular hours, hiding in a broom closet, and walking out with it hidden under his coat after the museum had closed.

Peruggia was an Italian patriot who believed Leonardo’s painting should have been returned for display in an Italian museum.

Born this day: 21-août

Philippe Auguste de France. Known as Philippe II King of France.

1165 – 1223, Philippe II Auguste of France (known in English as “Philip II of France”).

He was born in Paris, France. He was the King of France from 1180 to 1223, a member of the House of Capet.

His predecessors had been known as kings of the Franks, but from 1190 onward, Philip became the first French monarch to style himself «roi de France» “King of France.”

Philip was given the epithet Auguste {Augustus} by the French chronicler Rigord (1150 – c. 1209) for having extended the crown lands of France so remarkably.

Jean-Baptiste Greuze

1725 – 1805, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, French painter and educator. He was born in Tournus, France.

Greuze was a painter of portraits, genre scenes, and history painting.

He is generally said to have been self-taught at an early age his inclinations, though thwarted by his father, were encouraged by a Lyonnese artist named Grandon, or Grondom, who enjoyed during his lifetime considerable reputation as a portrait-painter.

The Guitarist (1757) by Jean-Baptiste Greuze


Charles Vanel

1892–1989, Charles Vanel, French actor and director. He was born in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France as Charles-Marie Vanel.

He made his first file in 1908 and appeared in over 200 films in his lifetime.

He was an actor and director, known for Le salaire de la peur {The Wages of Fear} (1953), Les Diaboliques (released in the US as: Diabolique) (1955) and To Catch a Thief (French title: La main au collet  {The hand in the trap})(1955),and Le feu aux poudres {The Powder fire} (1957).

Political Cartoonist – Charb

1967 – 2015, Charb, French journalist and cartoonist. Born Stéphane Charbonnier in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France.

Charb was assassinated by Islamic terrorists during the Charlie Hebdo shooting on 7 January 2015.



1984 – Alizée, Corsican-French singer and dancer. She was born Alizée Jacotey in Ajaccio, Corsica.

Famous Polyglot and or Bilinguals – Born this day: 21-août

Kim Cattrall

1956 – Kim Cattrall, British-Canadian actress. She was born in Liverpool, England.

Kim moved with her parents at the age of three months to Canada and was raised in Little River, British Columbia, a small community on the eastern side of Vancouver Island.

Kim appeared in Big Trouble in Little China (released in France as: Les aventures de Jack Burton dans les griffes du Mandarin.) (1986).

Kim Cattrall and Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country (1991)

Her best known film role is the Vulcan Lieutenant Valeris in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country { Star trek VI – Terre inconnue }(1991).

She is also best known for her role as public relations executive Samantha Jones on the situation comedy Sex and the City (1998).

Kim lived in Frankfurt Germany with her second husband from 1982 to 1989 and speaks German fluently.


Laura Morante

1956 – Laura Morante, Italian actress. She was born in Santa Fiora, Tuscany, Italy.

She is an actress and director, known for La chambre du fils {The Son’s Room} (2001) and La tragédie d’un homme ridicule {Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man} (1981).

Very active in France, in 2012 Morante made her directorial and writing debut with the Franch-Italian co-production La cerise sur le gâteau {Cherry on the Cake}, for which she was nominated for the David di Donatello for best new director.

Laura speaks Italian, French, and English.

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La fête: Short story in Easy French with vocabulary, grammar and exercises
(French Edition)
by Sini Lallemand
There is a party at Amanda’s tonight. The guests arrive and chat with each other. We discover little by little the relationships existing between the guests. Who are they? And what do they think of each other?
Il y a une fête chez Amanda ce soir. Les invités arrivent et discutent les uns avec les autres. Nous découvrons petit à petit les relations qu’il y a entre les invités. Qui sont-ils ? Et qu’est-ce qu’ils pensent les uns des autres ?
Do you want to practice your French but can only find children’s books on the subject? This short story will appeal to adult French learners as it is written in Easy French and focuses on the basics of self-introduction in the setting of a party. Each page contains vocabulary and grammar explanations that will help you understand the text better. You can also practice these grammar rules with exercises that you will find at the end of the story, along with their correction. Practice makes perfect so give it a try!
La fête: Short story in Easy French with vocabulary, grammar and exercises (French Edition)

Le Vaillant Petit Tailleur – The Brave Little Tailor
by Jacob Grimm &‎ Wilhelm Grimm

Improve your reading skills in French by reading the classic story The Brave Little Tailor in French and English. The French text appears on one line in bold with the English translation on the next line in normal text.

Le Vaillant petit tailleur – The Brave Little Tailor

Sleeping Beauty in both French and English

The French title of Sleeping Beauty is “La Belle au Bois Dormant” which translates as “The beauty of the woods sleeping”. In the book when she falls asleep a good fairy surrounds her castle with a thick woods.

If you’ve ever been to Europe you will know there are quite a few old castles and forts and even churches in various states of disrepair that can be surrounded by thick woods.

Sleeping Beauty in Parallel French and English text is available on Amazon Kindle.

Sleeping Beauty in French and English

Beauty and the Beast in both French and English

Beauty and the Beast is a classic story which was written by Jeanne Marie Le Prince de Beaumont who worked as a nanny for children in England. Beaumont was French and later married a Frenchman living in exile in England, who had a strange and mysterious past. It turns out he had been a spy.

Beaumont like Charles Perrault wrote down stories that she had collected over her lifetime. She felt that these stories were important morality tales to help the development of young children.

Beauty and the Beast in French and English

Quiz Answers: 1-D, 2-A, 3-F, 4-E, 5-B, 6-C

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