Thursday, 14 December 2017

Allons enfants



I need to make a confession.
I love French! The language; the People; the Culture.

Last weekend, Nathaniel had to choose which second language he will follow towards Junior and Leaving Cert ; the choice was either French or German...

Last week, St Munchins college held a parents/students evening where we heard about all the options...At the end of the meeting, I went to speak to the language teachers...
I asked them about the support that the lads will get in French/German.
I decided to be a bit cheaky and told them: I do not want my son to learn a language that is only spoken in Germany...
The teacher's answer: It is also spoken in Lichtenstein, Switzerland and Austria.
 My response: whereas, if u know French, you can learn Spanish that is spoken in the whole Latin America...

I left them with a smile.

The smile became bigger last Monday morning when Nathaniel chose French!

The smile is huge today...when Nathaniel told me that at school today they talked about La Marseillaise

'La Marseillaise': 
Allons, enfants de la Patrie
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
Contre nous, de la tyrannie
L'étendard sanglant est levé

Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras
Égorger nos fils, nos compagnes!

Aux armes, citoyens!
Formez vos bataillons
Marchons, marchons!
Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons!

English translation:
Arise, children of the Fatherland
The day of glory has arrived
Against us tyranny's
Bloody banner is raised

Do you hear, in the countryside
The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
They're coming right into your arms
To cut the throats of your sons, your women!

To arms, citizens!
Form your battalions
Let's march, let's march
Let an impure blood
Water our furrows!
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