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Learn a little French with these language resources: information, quizzes, pictures to color, and French-English and English-French picture dictionaries.
Do you know the song Brother John? Children in many countries sing this song.
Here are the words in both French and English.
Frère Jacques (French) / Brother John (English)
Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques,
Sonnez les matines. Sonnez les matines.
Din, din, don. Din, din, don.
Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Brother John, brother John,
Morning bells are ringing. Morning bells are ringing.
Ding, dong, ding. Ding, dong, ding.
Visit this site for more songs in French, with English translation!
France is famous for its food. Here are some easy French recipes to try.
Read a French folktale: “The Boat that Went on Both Land and Water” is about a beautiful princess and the unusual men that lived in her kingdom.
Canada was named by the French explorer Jacques Cartier in the 1500s. “Kanata” means village or settlement in the Huron-Iroquois language, the language spoken by the natives who gave Cartier directions. Learn more about Jacques Cartier and others who explored Canada.
One of France’s national holidays is Bastille Day, July 14. This holiday is similar to Independence Day in the United States. Many years ago France had a monarchy. On July 14, 1789, the people of Paris stormed the Bastille, a state prison. In this way the people proved that the power belonged to them, and not to the King. This was the beginning of the French Revolution. Celebrations include dances and fireworks. The people of France celebrate the birth of the Republic, and recognize liberty and democracy. Now Bastille Day includes a military parade up the Champs Elysees. Can you guess where the Champs Elysees is? You can find the answer to this question and many other facts about our world at Infoplease.
Find more Bastille Day information by visiting the seasonal calendar.