Premio Cervantes 2013

En el despacho en el que trabajo, me pidieron realizara un retrato de Elena Poniatowska, el cual acompañaría una entrevista para una publicación impresa, por el corto tiempo, se prefirió comprar fotografías. Así que me tome como proyecto personal terminar esta ilustración, como nunca había hecho algo similar, me di la libertad de experimentar un poco.

A manera de pequeño homenaje por haber sido galardonada con el Premio Cervantes 2013, comparto este retrato ilustrado de esta gran escritora.

Honnêtement je me hais. Tu vois, ce matin, j'avais qu'une seule heure de cours. Alors je me dis “bon, je commence à 11h30”, je me prépare, je fais mes trucs. J'arrive au lycée à 11h10. Vers 25, je vois qu'il n'y a personne de ma classe au portail du lycée. Et LÀ je regarde mon emploi du temps et je me rends compte que le cours ne COMMENCE pas à 11h30 mais qu'il FINIT à 11h30 !!!!
J'étais exactement dans l'état genre ces posts où les gens écrivent “I’m sick of this bitch and by ‘this bitch’ I mean me” mais je me sentais exactement comme ça.

anonymous asked:

hi! i've been taking french for a few years but i'd like to really improve my grammar, do you have any resources? how did you become fluent in french? any tips?

hiii ! well i didn’t really become fluent in french since it’s my native language but i do have a couple of resources for you ! i actually recently had to take a french exam to get into a journalism program, so i had a bit of revisions to do (it was mostly verbs because i always forget how to write the futur simple for some reason ?????)

online resources

  • the CCDMD website : awesome for exercices and grammar stuff, they really focus on all of the exceptions and the harder aspects of french grammar so it’s amazing.
  • orthonet : one of my friends actually recommend this one because you can actually submit a small text and have it be spell checked, corrected and everything !
  • the Bescherelle website : if you’ve been taking french for a few years, chances are you know the bescherelle books very well. it might be a little childish since it’s meant for young students but it’s still pretty useful.
  • exercices on the Portail lingustique du Canada
  • fondation PGL : if you live in quebec, you’ve definitely participated in the PGL dictée in your childhood (i have very fond memory of these). they have eight different levels that you can try out !
  • the #studyblr and #langblr tags on tumblr are filled with amazing resources !


  • bescherelle : everybody i knows owns a bescherelle, even if french is their mother tongue. it’s the number one grammar resource and also, if you ever forget how to conjugate, the bescherelle has got your back.
  • a good dictionnary : my personal fave is the larousse one but le robert is perfectly fine (or any other i guess)
  • la grammaire est une chanson douce : my mom said you should read this. (i had to read it in school, didn’t love it but it’s a fictional story involving grammar, it’s pretty funky so i guess i’d recommend it)


  • read, read and read. that’s the best thing you can do. it’ll help you with your vocabulary, your grammar, your syntax, everything. 
  • watch tv and movies in french. it’s a great way to help you understand the way we speak (and improve your accent !)
  • french is great language but it has a ton of exceptions (which sometimes even native speakers don’t know about). i’m all about the grammar and everything, but learning how to communicate is so much more important. learn how speak the way two francophones speak on the street, learn how to write the way we write to each other on facebook, learn the slang, the phrases, the insults. 

hope it helps & good luck !

Je comprends pas pourquoi on est sans cesse en train de se mettre des barrières, pourquoi on s'inflige des trucs qu'on ne veut pas forcément ?
À croire que la souffrance est une volonté commune..
Mais les gars reveillez-vous ! La vie ce n'est pas de baisser la tête face à un regard supérieur, c'est regarder ailleurs et voir le chien pisser sur le portail du voisin, voir le sourire d'une petite fille lorsqu'elle retrouve sa maman et j'en passe tellement..
Repensez vos priorités avant de vous créer un but qui sera étroitement lié aux valeurs communes.

When you try to put words to the question ‘What exactly is Wakfu?’ and all you can think of as your brain flatlines is to throw this video in their faces as an answer.

I know there is much more to it than showing a music video with no context. Heck, even the actual trailers ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N3xiJ-mdcc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e_n0wOjpJM ) to the series have no explanation of what exactly the story is, where Wakfu came from and how it came to be.

It goes way back to the creation of Dofus back in 2003, a MMO created by french company Ankama which received a sequel MMO (Wakfu) and several X-box games (Les Gardiens and Islands of Wakfu).
Along the line, the Flash created TV series Wakfu aired in 2008 which ran for over 50 episodes spread over two seasons, together with a few TV specials. Along with several mangas, comics, card game and a miniature game, the Dofus/Wakfu series, be it game or cartoon wasn’t able to go fully international because of finances. Most of the episodes and comics have been translated by willing fans, but thanks to a Kickstarter event by Ankama, English dubbing for the first two seasons of Wakfu will now be a reality together with an international release of the upcoming Dofus movie.

So what exactly is Wakfu the TV series?
The story follows Yugo, a young boy of mysterious origins who one day finds out he has special powers no one else has witnessed before. With the awakening of his powers, he sets out upon a quest to find out about his people and unravel the mysteries behind his origins. He is joined by his pet tofu (a yellow pudgy bird) Az, the Enutrof Ruel who is an old friend of Yugo’s adoptive father and the Iop named Sir Sadlygrove Percedal (original name Tristepin Percedal) who claims to be a knight and a Shushu guardian. The Shushu he is sworn to keep is called Rubilax, a level 4 demon which is stuck within a sword. Along the way, the princess of the Sadida kingdom Amalia Sheran Sharm and her bodyguard Evangeline, a Cra, join the quest to help Yugo find his true family.

During the quest which leads to all sorts of places but has the end goal of Sadida in hindsight, the heroes aid others while exploring dungeons, forests, cities, islands and dungeons. They grow together and we also learn more about each of them, what their motives and personal problems are. Yugo, though twelve years old, has to face many dangers and situations where a normal child wouldn’t be able to cope. He is quite mature for his age but is still a child at heart and is eager to help and learn. It is thanks to his helpful and selfless nature that he unknowingly turns the world into a better place.

As the quest goes on, the group which dubbed themselves the Brotherhood of Tofu begin to find answers, but also hints of a dark plot which seems to be intertwined with Yugo’s fate.
A Xelor going by the name of Nox (Noximilien Coxen) had come into the possession of a strange device called the Eliacube and believes it will be the answer to his own little quest; to travel back in time and undo the wrongs he had done and were done to him. But to make the Eliacube work and allow Nox to travel 200 years back into time, he needs a large amount of Wakfu (the world’s life force) and he won’t let anyone stop him from getting it. With his eyes set on using dragons and the Tree of Life located in Sadida, Nox trails the Brotherhood with little Wakfu-powered drones while also searching elsewhere for other Wakfu sources to make his goal a reality.

With the finding of the dragons Grougaloragran and Adamai, Yugo gets several steps closer learning more about his people but never close enough. One thing becomes certain however; the Eliacube Nox possesses is part of Yugo’s heritage and to save the world he has to get it back and stop Nox from undoing the present as everyone knows it.

And that is just season one! Season two is cut from a whole different block.

The races in the TV series are taken from the game. If you haven’t played the game or haven’t played them enough (like me), here is a quick easy description of the races/classes which will pass by while watching the show.

  • Eliatrope: an ancient race which laid down the foundation of the World of Twelve. They are responsible for the creation of zaaps (portals) which people still use to travel. Not many know why exactly the Eliatropes have disappeared or that they even existed. (Eliatrope reads e portaile backwards which stands for portal child in French.)
  • Enutrofe: Greedy treasure hunters, diggers and miners. This race will not leave a store with less kamas (coins) than that they entered with, but instead leave with almost twice as much. Everything needs to be either free or very cheap. Their trademark weapon is a shovel. (Enutrofe reads Fortune backwards.)
  • Iop: Brainless close-combat warriors who are brave but stupid. They can and will not turn down a fight or a challenge. Fighting is the answer to almost every question. Iop is often used as a nickname/insult towards people who aren’t all that bright.
  • Sadida: One could call them the druids or shamans of the world. These plant lovers use voodoo dolls and nature itself as their weapons. The males’ faces are covered in grass/weeds. (Sadida reads Adidas backwards which fits with the title Sadida’s Shoe in the game.)
  • Cra: The elves of the World of Twelve. Master archers and trackers with the most luscious pale blond locks in existence. ( Cra reads Arc backwards, which means 'bow’ in French.) 
  • Xelor: Better known as time mages. Xelor are able to control time and use it at their disposal. Cogs, clocks, bandages and masks are their forte. (Xelor reads Rolex backwards, the watch brand.)
  • Sacrier: Tattooed sadism at its best. Sacriers use their own blood for combat and regeneration. Pain is their twisted virtue and joy. (Sacrier is taken from the word Sacrifice.)
  • Pandawa: Always drunk on bamboo-milk but these panda-like creatures are happy drunks most of the time, lithe and quick in battle as well practiced monks.
  • Ecaflip: Feline gamblers with the best strokes of luck. You are bound to lose a bet against them. (Reads 'Pile ou Face’ backwards which is French for 'Heads or Tails’)
  • Osamodas: The animal-lovers of the World of Twelve. PETA has nothing on them. Dragon lovers to the core, on par with Indiana Jones when it comes to whips and are able to summon animals to come to their aid. (Osamodas reads Sado-Maso backwards, a name for people who enjoy using whips.)
  • Sram: Stealthy sneaky little buggers with an infinity for death and its skeletal ornaments.They are shadow huggers for sure. (Sram reads Mars backwards, apparently an inside joke at Ankama based upon the chocolate bar.)
  • Feca: Creators of shields and quite intelligent.
  • Rogues: Gun blazing and bomb throwing bandits with class.

I hope that gave everyone a little something. My advice is to check Wakfu out and give it a shot; you might just like it. What ever you decide on, I wish you loads of fun. I’ll be heading back to the drawing board.