Tuesday I have my I.T. exam so today I worked on that. I also studied italian lit and I still have a lot to do!
While studying I use the pomodoro technique, I find that I study harder and stay focused more in those 25 minutes with 5 minutes break between each pomodoro!
Basically, artists and songs that I enjoy listening to in my French-learning endeavor. As any playlist, it’s completely subjective, as well as a tad bit messy (since I’m not very systematic when music is concerned so expect time eras to overlap freely), but I hope you will like it anyway!
Édith Piaf –no surprises here, she really is a classic (and understandably so). I also love older music, so it wasn’t long before I was obsessed with a couple of songs. Personal favorites are Les Mômes de la clôche [x] (this one is reeeally old, it dates back to 1936!), L’Accordéoniste [x], Sous le Ciel de Paris [x] and the universally known Non, je ne regrette rien [x].
Zaz – definitely a more recent one, even though she has covered many classic pieces; I’m mostly in love with her jazzy voice and vocalizing. The first song I listened to was Je Veux [x], but I would also recommend On Ira [x], Gamine [x] and her wonderful cover of Dans Ma Rue [x] (be ready to bawl your eyes out).
Michel Sardou – whatever your opinion on the movie La Famille Bélier, it’s difficult to deny that its musical side was pretty cool. Listen to Je Vole [x] (here goes also Louane’s version [x]), En Chantant [x], and, if you are a les Mis fan, enjoy him Enjolras-ing in the Original French Concept album [x]!
Stromae – I’m well aware he’s actually Belgian, but I shall use the term French to designate the language here. There’s probably no further need to recommend him as I’m sure he’s pretty well known, but I like him so much that I’ll do it anyway, haha. Personally, I enjoy his original take on Bizet’s Carmen [x], Tous Les Mêmes [x], and of course Papaoutai [x].
Georges Brassens – a singer-songwriter that inspired many (and among those Fabrizio De André), his witty lyrics and rich voice are timeless. Listen to La Mauvaise Réputation [x], Mourir Pour Des Idées [x], and Les Passantes [x].
Joe Dassin – I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t have extensive knowledge of his discography, but I do know Les Champs Élysées [x] and truthfully it such a fun song to sing along to that I just had to include it in this list.
Les Choristes – actually a movie and not an artist; I first saw it in my last year of primary school and had its soundtrack stuck in my head for weeks. If you like choirs, these songs should be a good fit: Vois Sur Ton Chemin [x], La Nuit [x] and Caresse Sur L’Océan [x].
MIKA – kinda sure you’ve heard of this guy ;) There’s not much more to say other than his songs are extremely catchy in any language. The only ones I know well are Boum Boum Boum [x] and Elle Me Dit [x], but I’ll gladly listen to more if I find them!
Dalida – the Egyptian-born Italian-French singer (!), who tragically committed suicide in 1987, sang both in French and Italian. Personally, and for obvious reasons, I am more versed in her Italian production, but I can say that T’Aimer Follement [x] is a huuuge earworm for me, just like the French version of Ciao,Amore, Ciao [x] (I’ve got to warn you, though, if you aim for a native-like pronunciation don’t imitate her, for as far as I can tell she has a discernible Italian accent).
25/05/17 || I basically had the same day as yesterday studying wise, I’ve read a big chunk of the book in the picture and I’m already tired about it. I can’t wait for my cousin’s wedding to have a day off and I obviously can’t wait for all this exams to be over. I’ve been so productive today that I also rearranged my bookshelves and they look so pretty right now.
23.4.17 (16/52 weeks of productivity)
Oops forgot to post yesterday!
Studying for my Italian test tomorrow 😅 which is on the spread of the Italian language in Italy since its unification which is quite interesting!
I went to the library on Tuesday with my sister to study which definitely helped with study but my group project is really getting on my nerves 😬
Have a lovely week ❤
27-28/01/17 || It seems like I keep posting every other day lately, anyway my exam was yesterday afternoon and it went so well, I’m so happy for everything I’ve achieved so far during this first semester, feeling super proud and motivated.
But today is a new day of studying, I have less than 20 days to get ready for my next exam so I’m already in full swing of reading and memorizing stuff. I can’t wait for this exam to be done as well (I also have another one after that but that’s ok).
I plan on reading half of my notes today and half of them tomorrow. I prepared a plan of action of how much I have to study every day. I have a lot of material to look at for this exam but I know I can do it 💪🏼.
Also forgot to mention it’s Italian literature this time and it’s always been one of my faves so I’m at least happy about that.
Studebaker Lark Italia, 1961, by Frua. Italsuisse also built 3 Pietro Frua designed 4-door saloons based on the Lark. Renato Bornigia, Studebaker’s Italian importer, planned a production run of 1,000 cars. However the plan never came to fruition