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CYF 050 — mercredi 25 novembre 2020 — Le chantier


My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I also run the podcast OTH since 2006
All the information about the transcripts, notes and photo is available on www.cultivateyourfrench.com

There is a building site outside our windows. It’s a large one. Three different office buildings are being built at the same time. There are 5 cranes and a lot of workers. 
The earth-moving part happened this summer. It was really noisy. There were so many trucks one after another. The mechanical shovels also make a lot of noise. You don’t really understand why they are moving this pile of earth from there to there and suddenly everything is neat, straight and ready.
We are not very happy with the idea of having buildings in front of us and no more landscape, but I must admit that I was very curious to follow the construction. I quickly realized that I was missing information. I didn’t know anything about this world of construction. I found  a book written by a sociologist. To write his book, This man had worked as a worker on different building sites in Paris. I’m still reading it. It’s very instructive! This world is tough. In this episode, i’m going to tell you about an incident I was witness to. Oh, by the way, chantierman means worker of course. Lisa invented this word and I rather like it! 

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My daughters Felicia and Lisa take music lessons with Claire Gautrot. They learn how to play Viola da gamba, an old instrument that first appeared in the 15th century and that our king Louis XIV really enjoyed. 

Claire is a musician, she loves to bring happiness to people through music. But she’s also a teacher. She says that it’s very important to share what moves you, to share the language of music and the gesture of playing music. Both my daughters really enjoy Claire’s personality and her way of teaching. Today, it’s our turn to have a moment with her. 

In today’s episode Claire is giving you a presentation of this instrument that she calls an old lady. 

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Today, we are going to the restaurant! Before the holidays began, before the second lockdown began, on a sunny day, my friend Anne-Laure and I went to Paris for a day. We first went to the musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris to have a look at a painting from Robert Delaunay, L’équipe de Cardiff. Anne-Laure had chosen this painting because she really enjoys Robert Delaunay’s work. He did that painting in 1912. It’s a large painting, more than 3 metres high, and 2 metres wide. It represents a rugby team playing in front of the Eiffel tower. Robert Delaunay was involved in a research about colour. The colours of this painting are vivid, they give the impression of movement. On this painting there is also an airplane, the grande roue and the Eiffel tower. These are the symbols of modern Paris. As I was standing in front of this painting I could really feel in my eye the colours. There was a physical sensation. Naturally, my eye then moved to the more peaceful part of the painting : the sky!
After watching the painting, Anne-Laure and I went to a restaurant close to the museum. We recorded ourselves inside the restaurant. This is what you are going to hear in today’s episode. 


All the information about the notes, transcript and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

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Today, we are waiting, like the rest of the world to know who the next American President will be… Suspens. In the meantime, here’s your weekly French pause. 
Last week we were on holidays in the Jura region when our President announced that lockdown was back. The announcement was on Wednesday evening and lockdown started the following day, Thursday, at midnight. People on vacation, like us, were allowed to go back home until Sunday. We came back on Saturday morning. I was a little worried because I didn’t want to queue for shopping. But as you will hear today this confinement starts very differently than the latest one. 
You might be on lockdown yourself, I wish all the best for you. 


All the information about transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivatyourfrench.com


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