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Acadia, Acadian, French-Canadian Newsletter;Acadian &French Canadian
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Alice Chauvin SWAMPQUEEN
2009-05-22 16:16:15 UTC
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RVG
2009-05-22 23:03:43 UTC
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Why is it all in English ? Acadian means nothing without the French
language.

Closer to my place I've seen the Norman patois disappear in three
generations, trying painfully to survive in the islands of Jersey and
Guernsey and... at the University of Caen.

Le français cadien n'est pas du "mauvais" français, it's a local
variation of our common ancestors' language, coloured with local
expressions and other tournures désuètes from ancient French that make
all its charm.

Plus the food, bien sûr.

My grandpa was a French-Normand who only spoke patois - and a master
stone-cutter.
His chef d'œuvre is the monument to Gen. Patton in Avranches, Normandy,
although he also rebuilt a lot of church altars, tombstones and other
monuments that had been damaged by the WW2 bombings of Normandy.

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Normand patois disappeared as a living language after his generation.
Don't make the same mistake in Louisiana and other francophone places in
North-America.

Let the andouille symbolize our common memory. ;-)

http://www.normandie44lamemoire.com/
http://www.dday-overlord.com/


Un bon dimanche à vous,
RVG
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Alice Chauvin SWAMPQUEEN
2009-05-23 05:24:10 UTC
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time takes a toll. my Daddy still spoke French. Altho he was not allowed
to speak French in school, or risk a spanking, He only finished 3rd
grade...
the other day I happened onto a radio station reading the news...1st in
english, followed in French..they're trying in Louisiana:))) never give
up!:) alice
RVG
2009-05-23 05:52:17 UTC
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time takes a toll. my Daddy still spoke French. Altho he was not allowed
to speak French in school, or risk a spanking, He only finished 3rd
grade...
Same as my grand-father, except Norman was prohibited and kids had to
speak "proper French" (forgetting that it was the Norman-French language
the kings of England spoke from Guillaume le Conquérant to Richard
Cœur-de-Lion, and that English is the result of the harmonious fusion of
Norman French and Saxon). But he started working at 12, forgot his
French (he was from a tiny village of maybe 40 inhabitants in the middle
of the forest) and only cared to practice it during his time of
imprisonment in a German Stalag during the occupation. Back in Normandy,
he decided with his colleagues to build a monument to the US Army, and
the mayor of Avranches who had managed to keep a Sherman tank intact,
offered him and his team to build a granite column with a twist, with a
bronze statue and the tank.
Post by Alice Chauvin SWAMPQUEEN
the other day I happened onto a radio station reading the news...1st in
english, followed in French..they're trying in Louisiana:))) never give
up!:) alice
You need to do regular programs 100% in French, both on the radio and
the TV and, why not ? on an internet webradio or shoutcast. Otherwise
you'll lose it. TV5 is good for example to help people realize that
French is still an international language, not just the local parlance
of France and Belgium, but also Canada, the Caribbeans, many countries
in Africa and Asia - and even Oceania, like Tahiti and Nouvelle Calédonie.

OTOH, we (French) are always raving for good, innovative, Cajun music
and songs when they come for our festivals like the Francopholies of La
Rochelle.

Has L'Angélus Trio ever toured in France ? These young people MUST come
and bring their fiery music here, not only in Britain and Ireland where
people are not really known for the quality of their French. Playing
Irish music too, L'Angélus would fit into the Festival Interceltique of
Lorient, Brittany. They're Irish Cajuns after all. :-)
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Jazz up your life!
Jazzez-vous la vie!

http://rvgmusic.bandcamp.com/
http://rvgjazznstuff.jamendo.net/

"Si on ne me laisse pas chanter ce que je veux, je préfère me taire." --
Colette Magny
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