French Word du Jour 6 Dec 2016

«Non, je ne regrette rien»

Pronounced: {No, jee nee re-gret ree-in}.

“No, I regret nothing.”

Non= no (‘n’ is silent)
je = I
ne regrette = no regret
rien = nothing

«Non, Je ne regretted rien» is the name of a famous French song composed by Charles Dumont, with lyrics by Michel Vaucaire.

The song was made famous in 1959 by French singer Édith Piaf.

Born this day
1805 – Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, French magician (d. 1861). Robert-Houdin was the inspiration of a young American state magician named Ehrich Weiss. Ehrich Weiss to change his name to Harry Houdini in honor of his hero.

Robert-Houdin was also a pioneer in the creation of clockwork mechanical robots, called, “automatons”. This was an interest that he passed on to his apprentice.

Georges Méliès (1861 – 1938) was an apprentice of Robert-Houdin. Georges Méliès became a famous magician and automaton maker in his own right and later went on to be a pioneer filmmaker. (As depicted in the movie “Hugo” 2011)

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