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Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2019 Les Voyageurs

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:05 am
by DaveAgain
MorkTheFiddle wrote:
DaveAgain wrote:hand gesture.

Do you know what it means to rub the tips of your two index fingers together?


Is the answer family-friendly? I'm part of a family, you know. :lol:
Mais bien sûr! :o

Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2019 Les Voyageurs

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:12 pm
by DaveAgain
Just found a website that offers synonyms for french words.

http://www.synonymo.fr/

PS
'Taule' is a synonym for 'prison'.

Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2019 Les Voyageurs

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:39 pm
by javier_getafe
DaveAgain wrote:hand gesture.

Do you know what it means to rub the tips of your two index fingers together?

(This cropped up in a film called Le père de mademoiselle.)


I have no idea, I'm afraid.

Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2019 Les Voyageurs

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:06 pm
by Speakeasy
DaveAgain wrote:hand gesture. Do you know what it means to rub the tips of your two index fingers together? (This cropped up in a film called Le père de mademoiselle.)
When I was much younger, growing up in Canada, this hand gesture implied that two people were on “intimate terms”, a notion which might suggest: (a) their sharing hidden, likely forbidden or otherwise illicit carnal knowledge of one another or, (b) their sharing a secretive, unsavory, mutually-beneficial business or political relationship.

I distinctly recall someone older than me demonstrating the rubbing together of their outstretched index fingers and being told that the gesture suggested two bodies aligned together, in bed together, sleeping together; hence the sexual connotation. Some years later, I saw the same gesture being used to suggest that a well-connected businessman and a notoriously-corrupt politician were “in bed together” in a figurative sense.

My understanding of French culture is that a similar meaning is suggested by the rubbing of the two index fingers together, more particularly so should the fingers be rubbed lengthwise one against the other.

Having said that, a given hand gesture can have widely differing meanings in different cultural settings.

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Expansion of the text.

Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2019 Les Voyageurs

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:30 am
by Sayonaroo
I came across this site on reddit.com
http://www.hypnoseries.tv

It contains transcriptions of the French Dubs of American shows! I'm going to learn from Gossip Girl after I go through the who is she stories and mini-stories on lingq!

these are the lingq links!
https://www.lingq.com/en/learn/en/web/c ... es-courses

https://www.lingq.com/en/learn/fr/web/course/20000

Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2019 Les Voyageurs

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:41 pm
by Klara
It has been a while, but I had nothing special to report. Apart from ordinary studying and a wonderful trip to Tokyo around New Year, I was looking forward to February 23. That was the date of the DELF A2 exam.

This time we were 7 candidates, two women and five young girls, just 12 years old. Although I hadn't been late - it was five minutes to 9 o'clock, the exam started the moment I sat down on the chair. That was a surprise and I did miss the first seconds. I also had to ask for some scrap paper. The listening part was really fast and I didn't get everything right. The woman next to me told me after the exam that she could hardly understand a word because it was so fast. But the sound quality was excellent.

Next came reading comprehension, no problems there. And then writing production, two topics, each in about 70 words. First we had to write a blog entry about an extraordinary birthday. And then we had to accept an invitation to a birthday party in La Rochelle. I had just finished the blog entry when the supervisor announced that we had ten minutes left. Most of the girls suddenly handed their papers in and left the room. I was shocked and wrote like crazy, but then the supervisor apologized and told us, that he has mixed up the time. There was half an hour to go, now everything was fine again … And with that the Épreuve écrite was done.

After a 20 minute break, the Épreuve orale started, I was first. Like last time, I got the instructions in the first room. The three parts of the oral A2 exam were présentation, then monologue suivi and finally jeu de rôle. For the second part I could choose between"My favourite teacher" and "Public transport in my city", for the role play "Organising a dinner for a group" and "Renting an appartment in Bruxelles". In both cases I choose the latter one.

Then I was lead to the next room for preparation. After ten minutes the examiner picked me up and guided me to the third room. There, another examiner was waiting. So, this time, there were two of them. The presentation went smoothly - I was of course prepared, the other two parts followed and after eight minutes it was over.

What a day … although I was a bit exhausted, I did enjoy the whole exam. 8-)

And today I already got the "Attestation de réussite" - 90,5% as you can see below. Last year they forgot to send me the Attestation for DELF A1, but now I got it too - result: 95% :D

Although I don't "need" these certifications, they are immensely helpful to me. I am more likely to stay within a certain level in all skills instead of moving forward too fast. Getting good results gives me also a huge motivational push for the next level. That's why I am now on the way to DELF B1

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Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2019 Les Voyageurs

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:32 pm
by DaveAgain
Klara wrote:
What a day … although I was a bit exhausted, I did enjoy the whole exam. 8-)

And today I already got the "Attestation de réussite" - 90,5% as you can see below. Last year they forgot to send me the Attestation for DELF A1, but now I got it too - result: 95% :D

Although I don't "need" these certifications, they are immensely helpful to me. I am more likely to stay within a certain level in all skills instead of moving forward too fast. Getting good results gives me also a huge motivational push for the next level. That's why I am now on the way to DELF B1
Well done Klara! :-)

(I quite envy you your Tokyo trip. I always picture it as Bladerunner-the-city.)

Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2019 Les Voyageurs

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:34 pm
by iwanttolearn
Fell off the wagon for a bit.

But I'm back to learning

Watching season 1 of Les Revenants

Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2019 Les Voyageurs

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:31 am
by MorkTheFiddle
Klara wrote:
And today I already got the "Attestation de réussite" - 90,5% as you can see below. Last year they forgot to send me the Attestation for DELF A1, but now I got it too - result: 95% :D

Although I don't "need" these certifications, they are immensely helpful to me. I am more likely to stay within a certain level in all skills instead of moving forward too fast. Getting good results gives me also a huge motivational push for the next level. That's why I am now on the way to DELF B1

The beginning of this post gave me bad vibes, but then, no, not bad news, splendid news. Congratulations and well done!"

Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2019 Les Voyageurs

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:33 am
by Klara
@DaveAgain: Thank you! And yes, Tokyo is a fascinating metropole :o

@MorkTheFiddle: Thanks also to you! You are really kind :D

Maintenant, je vais à la cuisine et bois un café, I only have to choose the mug:

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