Histoires de chats

Une petite histoire de chats pour remonter le moral de mes amis à poils et à pattes.

Ah, les questions de territoire
chez les chats, quelle histoire !

Moi, hier, je suis allé donner à manger à Punk Bob (voir photo ci-jointe) et Brodie (jamais de photos, elle n'aime pas les paparazzis).
Punk Bob (le chat de Woodstock et Sharon) est un chat noir et blanc à poils courts avec de très longs et jolis cils et des oreilles pointues
le célèbre Punk Bob

De Brodie, je n'ai rien vu (rien d'étonnant là-dessus).
Punk Bob, lui, m'a accueillie de vive voix parce que son p'tit déj était en retard (désolée mais j'suis pas matinale...).

Vu que Brodie était absente, Bob s'est approprié une partie de sa nourriture, manière de bien montrer qui est le chef ici. Puis il s'est installé en hauteur, sur la table, pour bien s'assurer que je lui obéisse et que, le repas fini, je le laisse en paix. On ne discute pas avec un tel félin, alors je m'en suis allée.

Je vois...

Earlier one of my students was wondering if you can say "I see" in French in the figurative sense, as you do in English. For example, to confirm that you have understood what someone has just said to you: "yes, I see".
The answer is yes, it does work in French: "oui, je vois".

It works for all sorts of other words and idioms:
  • une souris =  a mouse -  the computer equipment as well as the rodent
  • la toile =  the web - what a spider makes or what you're using now to read this blog
OK, it won't work every time but sometimes it's worth a try... ;)



Gamers: practise French while you play!

My partner is a gamer (like me) but he finds learning language tedious (unlike me).

However he's recently acquired Assassins's Creed Unity. This game is set during the French Revolution and the player plays the part of an apprentice assassin completing missions to become a master.

I don't like the premise, but was very interested in several things:
  • the surrounding signs are in French
  • the NPCs (non-player characters) speak French and sing in French in the background
  • there is information about the history, architecture of Paris and even the songs they sing!
  • the views of 18th-century Paris from the top of Notre Dame are breathtaking
Plus, the graphics are fantastic (and I love the outfits!!) and there is a side app in which you identify pieces of architecture from monuments such  as Notre Dame, Les Invalides, etc.

So although I personally probably won't play that game, I like to stop and peak at what 18th-century Paris looks like and whisper bits of French in my gamer's ear (and steal a kiss and a hug too, why not!).