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Paris o’clock 042920 Quiz 10: un milieu bourgeois

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    Learn French with a podcast! This clip is from Paris o’clock 29 April 2020 Episode. Listen and fill in what you hear below. Read more and find a translation below. Find the full episode here.

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    A bourgeois environment

    I’m fascinated by this final sentence. I realized while listening that I’m not sure what that means. I know the English, but I can’t be sure of what bourgeois means in her context for Monet.

    So many words have been brought over from French and used extensively in English, and I think one is bourgeois. Boujee. I often associate it to “wealthy”. But I think it means decidedly middle class.

    Personne qui appartient à la bourgeoisie, à la classe moyenne ou à la classe dirigeante. Contraires : aristocrate – noble

    Person who belongs to the bourgeoisie, middle class or ruling class.
    Opposites: aristocrat – noble

    I wonder how many French words changed meaning or had their meanings altered during the French revolution.

    At any rate, I believe Aurélie means decidedly middle class – not hurting, not really well off, but comfortable. That’s my understanding.

    I’m sure I’ll need a teacher at some point to take on esoteric and nuanced meanings in the language. But for now, my goal is to just understand the individual words and get an ear for French.

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    Claude Monet naît à Paris en 1840, mais il ne reste pas longtemps à Paris. Ses parents sont commerçants et ils décident de partir de la capitale quand ils commencent à avoir des problèmes d’argent.

    Ils vont s’installer en Normandie où ils ont de la famille. Monet a alors 5 ans.
    Ils habitent dans une ville au bord de la mer qui s’appelle Le Havre et ils vendent des fournitures pour les bateaux sur le port. Monet grandit dans un milieu bourgeois.

    Claude Monet was born in Paris in 1840, but he did not stay long in Paris. His parents are traders and they decide to leave the capital when they start having money problems.

    They settle in Normandy where they have family. Monet was then 5 years old.
    They live in a town by the sea called Le Havre and they sell supplies for the boats in the port. Monet grew up in a bourgeois environment.

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    longtemps – deceptively simple, huh?


    problèmes d’argent – love this expression.

    vont s’installer

    au bord de la mer


    un milieu bourgeois

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