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SNCF Pour Nous Tous, Quiz 9: on est hexagonal.

    Improve your ear for French with daily exercises. This one is a clip from an SNCF ad, it’s 29 words in 18 seconds. How many can you hear and understand?

    This clip is from SNCF advert “Pour Nous Tous”. Listen and fill in what you hear below. Read more and find a translation below. Listen to the full ad here.

    18 seconds, 29 words
    ',. '. ',.
    'coincé,humourhorspair. '. ',.
    'coincé,humourhorspair. 'mauvaisefoijusteparadoxal. ',.

    The above audio sample and transcription is from SNCF advert “Pour Nous Tous”. We do not own the content. See the full ad here.

    We are hexagonal

    I found this ad on Youtube and wanted to share it. It’s like spoken word set to train track beat talking about the French. An interesting take as a learner looking to dive into the culture.

    I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I learned France is called the hexagon and “French” is “hexagonal”. Something about this is just so wonderful to me.

    I’m so used to countries, things, and people being called their name. And yet, here the French call themselves Hexagonal. I love it. It’s just so perfect, and it feels like this highly secretive common fact about France. Anyone in France knows they’re called hexagonal, but people outside of France might not know it. It’s just so special, and I’m glad I know it. And now hopefully, you know it too.

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    On n’est pas coincé, on a un humour hors pair.

    On n’est pas de mauvaise foi on est juste un peu paradoxal.

    On n’est pas carré on est hexagonal.

    We’re not uptight, we have a great sense of humor.

    We are not in bad faith, we are just a bit paradoxical.
    We are not square, we are hexagonal.

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    se refaire

    parfois en retard


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