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[personal profile] littlebutfierce asked about my adventures with French, which I have to say are not exactly... progressing, lol. I spend most of my time in my monolingual school bubble, which means I'm not used to switching gears outside it, which restricts my listening comprehension and vocab more than they otherwise would be (judging by my experiences in Chinese-speaking environments). My ability to parse the Quebec accent is maybe marginally better when my brain flips the switch, but I still can't understand most of what dance-buddy S is saying. To be fair, he's from rural Quebec, so his accent is more pronounced than most other people's I've encountered. I don't think my reading comprehension has deteriorated super badly, as I've had no trouble grading assignments written in French or reading emails or fb group messages with Francophone friends. Text is more forgiving for me, in French- I'm better at working out meanings through context through reading than listening. It's completely different than Chinese, in that sense, where illiteracy means I'm always working at comprehension the other way around.

In terms of French news/podcast-type listening sources, my adventures are basically non-ventures, alas. I've never found a good way to integrate those into my daily routine, and I try to avoid youtube spiraling for reasons of productivity, but music seems like it would be more promising? I'd appreciate any song/artist recs people have!

Date: 2017-01-12 05:45 am (UTC)
gramarye1971: a French horn resting on an open book of sheet music (French horn)
From: [personal profile] gramarye1971
For Québécois folk-style music, I love Le Vent du Nord: A great group with rollicking instrumentals and well-blended vocals.

Date: 2017-01-12 07:27 pm (UTC)
gramarye1971: a French horn resting on an open book of sheet music (French horn)
From: [personal profile] gramarye1971
I saw them perform live in New York City a few years ago, and they're really fantastic on stage. I recommend their live album, Mesdames et Messieurs!, as a starter to see if you like the music, with La Part du Feu and Trompers le Temps as good next purchases. The latter of those two has several interesting political songs, including an angry 'letter' about the Durham Report and a rather chilling fable about a farmer who tries to cheat the Devil out of a bargain...and ends up having his land poisoned by fracking. Good storytelling.

Date: 2017-01-12 06:57 am (UTC)
littlebutfierce: (tari tari konatsu headphones)
From: [personal profile] littlebutfierce
Yay, thank you for this! :D

I don't have any recs for Canadian French music, but in general for French my first rec is always Stromae, cuz he's awesome & hot & his music is irresistibly danceable & a fair bit of his stuff has pointed little comments about race or being an immigrant or whatever. (... I prolly recced him to you before, actually. >_< #onetrickpony)

Date: 2017-01-12 02:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] riverlight
I've met some folks in rural parts of Canada that speak an English that I can't comprehend, and it's my first language; I can certainly imagine that a rural accent would be damn hard if you're learning a second/third/whatever language!


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