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Inspirational and heart-warming story on BBC Radio 4 Today programme on the French singer, Barbara's song, Goettingen. Sung entirely in German, this song came out shortly after a treaty was signed 50 years ago between France and Germany to enshrine post-w...

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Very exciting news: the folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax's huge collection of original sound recordings and films of folk musicians is to be digitised and will be shortly available for streaming, according to an article in the New York Times. F...

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Pardon My French

6 Jan 2011 22:37:25

Fun piece on the BBC web site on the hilarious Pardon My French web site dedicated to spoofs in French of famous English songs. The idea of the site is to have a light-hearted jibe at France's linguistic protection laws. At the same time the Paron My Fren...

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Lettre Anonyme

14 May 2010 15:55:14

Something très ludique for Friday. If you're learning French and you enjoy audio cut-ups and sound collages then you'll love this video of Etienne Charry's Lettre Anonyme, a mischievous, twisted take on the genre and the opening track to his underrated al...

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Best Gypsy Jazz bars in Paris

4 Mar 2010 11:21:03

Great piece in The Guardian on the best clubs and bars in Paris to hear live Gypsy Jazz--or Jazz Manouche in French--as played and popularised by the legendary Django Rhinehardt. The nice thing about the article recommendations is that you'll get to see p...

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New research from a leading neuroscientist demonstrates that music lessons help children improve their language skills, according to a Press Association report. Not sure that this should come as a surprise in relation to learning a second language: there'...

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