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Bon Appétit Monsieur Lapin and some of my top favourite blogs

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This book called Bon appetit Monsieur Lapin written by Claude Boujon ,1985 and published by l’école des loisirs has been a popular book to read along activities to do with my young students. So I decided to put together a serie of different blogs that have produced and shared activites relating to that album. The blogs are not in order of preferences but written as a list of resources for students and French teachers.

  1. A nice blog La maternelle de Laurène blog has some great activities to download.

2. A great blog by Zaubette is quite good with some good exercises and colourful activities to print out.

3. La classe de Ludivine is very informative and has many document to download for free

4. Dessine-moi une histoire. is a mine of great resources for French teachers and many activities to read and to explore and so many albums to discover.

5. Materalbumfree has lots of links and files relating to the book bon appetit monsieur lapin.

6. Le stylodevero has so many great documents to exploit vocabulary and reading comprehension

7. L ‘école des crevettes has many ideas to exploit this album and creating art projects.

This is not an exhaustive list and feel free to comment and suggest other blogs to add to this list.

Some origins of the ANZACS

Le jour du souvenir en Australie est en Avril. Remembrance day in Australia is in April. 


L'Ode of Anzac For the Fallen

Ils ne vieilliront pas comme nous qui sommes restés.L'âge ne les atteindra pas ni le poids des années. A l'heure du crépuscule et à l'heure de l'aube. Nous nous souviendons d'eux . Nous nous souviendrons d'eux.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning .We will remember them.We will remember them.


History of ANZAC and some symbols

ANZAC day in Australia takes place in April to remember the soldiers of Australia and New Zealand who fought during war (remembrance day). The most well known symbol is the poppy. For the British the poppy is the flower of remembrance since the twenties. During the great war the poppies were the first plants to grow back again on this devastated land. The soldiers have said that before the war the flowers were white but after growing on the ground soaked with the soldiers 's blood the flowers became red. Many British texts mention the poppies on the battle fields and the most well know poem which might be at the origin of the poppy used as flower of remembrance is called "In The Flanders Fields".

ANZAC en Australie est en Avril pour se souvenir des soldats australiens et néo - zélandais qui ont combattus durant la guerre ( le jour du souvenir). Le symbole le plus célèbre est le coquelicot. Pour les Britanniques, le coquelicot est la fleur du souvenir depuis les années vingt. Au cours de la Grande Guerre , les coquelicots étaient les premières plantes à repousser sur le sol dévasté. Les soldats racontaient qu'avant la guerre ,ils fleurissaient blanc mais après avoir poussées sur le sol imprégné de sang ils sont devenus rouge vifs.


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 Le slouch hat

It is the name of the famous hat with wide brim with the left side folded up. At first it was the right side of the hat that what folded which was allowing soldiers to look at the officer straight in the eyes when they were doing an inspection according to the military rules. But in 1903 it was the  left side of the hat  that was folded up to allow the soldier to wear his gun on his shoulder.

C'est le nom de ce célèbre chapeau mou avec ses larges bords dont le gauche est rabattu. A l'origine , c'est le bord droit qui était retourné vers le haut.Cela permettait aux soldats de regarder droit dans les yeux l'officier qui les passait en revue comme le voulait le règlemnt militaire. Mais en 1903 c'est le bord du côté gauche qui est relevé pour permettre au fusil d' être porté sur l'épaule.


Le  surnom( nick name) digger



The name of Digger was the nick name given to the Australians during the first world war. Since the 1900 century Australia was the place in the world where one would find gold and at the origin of the word digger meaning a  gold digger. By analogy this term described the Australians during the war  in the battle of the Somme in 1916 in Pozieres. Many of them might had been ex gold diggers used to dig holes and because of the war of the trenches they had to move tons of soil. 

Le nom Digger fut donné aux soldats australiens pendant la Première guerre mondiale. Depuis le 19 ième siècle. L' Australie était l'un des endroits du  monde où on trouvait de l'or et à l 'origine du mot"Digger" meaning gold digger. Par analogie, ce mot designa les soldats australiens pendant la  guerre durant la bataille de la Somme en 1916 dans le secteur de Pozieres. Beaucoup étaient peut être  d'anciens chercheurs d'or habitués à creuser des trous  et à cause de la guerre des tranchées  ont dû remuer des tonnes de terre. 


Lest we forget !Ne les oublions pas !

5 great tips to learn French in 2018

Learn French and Speak French

Learning French has been known to have several advantages.In the workforce knowing a second language opens the doors to work in different Francophone countries. Learning French develops an understanding of other cultures and helps you communicate while travelling. The learning of a language has been known to delay onset of dementia as it keeps your brain active and engaged. Learning French in small groups allows you socialise while learning a language.

To have another language is to possess a second soul
— Charlemagne

1.Listen more !

 Watch French films and television programs, You Tube clips, download free apps. Duolingo is a free app and a good resource to learn French. Practice writing some phrases in your own language and translate them to French.

2. Speak French with a French native speaker

Find opportunities to immerse yourself in French while travelling to French speaking country or talking with a French native speaker. There is also lots of conversation groups that you can join for small fees. The best thing is even if you are time poor there are a lot of opportunities to meet people either face to face or online to chat or do French lessons.

A man who knows two languages is worth two men.

3.  Positive Mindset about learning French

Forget about how you felt when you learnt French when you were young, if it was a bad experience or you had a bad French teacher. When learning French you need to be positive toward learning and not fear making mistakes or fearing being judged. You need to have a go at speaking and making the new French sounds. Speaking French involves having your mouth, lips, tongue working differently and you ears listening to new sounds. You do create a visual memory when you speak a new language. Vouloir c'est pouvoir!  Where there is will there is a way!

A different language is a different vision of life

4. Repetition Repetition and Repetition

Learning to speak French is about repetition. Repeat the word, write the word down, listen to the word and use it again in different situations and do the same with some phrases. 

The limits of my language are the limits of my world

5. Focus on listening to words in French

As a lot of my students tell me they can read and understand the written words or phrases in French as some words are spelled the same way as in English but the sound is very different!  For some expressions you can learn them by imagining the feeling! I mean if you are hot in French we say J'ai chaud! which translates as I have heat. Imagine being hot which is easy at the moment in Australia so practice to say J'ai chaud!.

To have another language is to possess a second soul.

10 Basic French pronunciation tips for travel

Have  you ever found yourself  trying to ask the basic questions in French and not be able to be understood? I agree with you that it can get frustrating so i decide to put together a list of some useful and basic French phrases with pronunciation audio which will help you communicate with locals when travelling to France or other French countries. Being able to say some basic vocabulary will be appreciated when chatting with the locals. The locals really like when tourist make an effort to try to speak French.



1. Je voudrais une baguette s'il vous plait

I would like a baguette please


2. Où est la tour Eiffel?

Where is the Eiffel tower?


3. Je voudrais l'addition s'il vous plait

I would like the bill please


4. Pouvez vous répétez s'il vous plait

Could you repeat please?


5. Je voudrais un billet aller-retour pour Paris s'il vous plait. C'est combien?

I would like a return ticket for Paris please. How much is it?

un billet aller simple

a single ticket


6. A quelle heure part le train pour Bordeaux?

At what time is the train for Bordeaux?


7.Bonjour - hello    Bonsoir - good evening

Salut - hi           Au revoir - good bye


8. S'il vous plait - please

 Merci - Thank you


9. Je voudrais acheter un cadeau de Noël

Où est le magasin le plus proche?

I would like to buy a Christmas present where is the closest shop?


10. les villes -The cities in France- Lille - Paris- Strasbourg- Lyon -Nice- Montpellier Marseille- Toulouse- Rennes- Nantes

The limits of my language means the limit of my world
Ludwig Wittgenstein