The start of the summer holidays means I have two weeks without my usual French evening class. I know it’s only a fortnight but I miss it. A few years ago I decided to brush up on my incredibly rusty ‘O’ Level French and got hooked. Firstly I think it is quite simply a beautiful language (it’s just so sensual sounding, and requires you to form your mouth into interesting shapes!), secondly it’s good for my brain, of which I feel sure I only utilise one side (although I can never remember if it’s the left or the right) because I spend so much of my time working visually. Thirdly, I have a penchant (oh, how I love the way these French words infiltrate our everyday language!) for certain aspects of the country's culture. And fourthly, it gets me out of the house…
But as I’m staying chez moi for now I reckon that dipping into some French films will be a fine way to help keep my linguistic faculties in good shape.
Here’s a favourite from Godard. Funny too how this trailer is like a French vocab lesson (but so much better than anything we were taught at school…although my French teacher was always on about Johnny Hallyday.)
À Bout De Souffle