Claude Monet's "Water Lilies"

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French listening and reading practice: B1
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French painter Claude Monet is famous for his Water Lilies. For the story behind the unique way these impressionist paintings are displayed, watch this video. Below, you’ll find the French transcript – click any phrase for the translation and links to related grammar lessons.

Note: Some of the tenses in this French text and its English translation don’t match! In French, we use the present tense to describe historical events like this to evoke a sense of immediacy, whereas in English, we commonly use the past tense – learn more about historical French tenses.

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Aurélie Drouard

Aurélie is our resident French Expert. She has created most of the wonderful content you see on the site and is usually the person answering your tricky help questions. She comes from a small village near Chartres in Central France, country of cereal fields and not much else. She left (in a hurry) to study English at the world-famous Sorbonne in Paris, before leaving France in 2007 to experience the “London lifestyle” - and never looked back! She's worked as a professional French teacher, translator and linguist in the UK since.  She loves to share her love of languages and is a self-professed cinema and literature geek!

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Laura is Kwiziq's Language and Marketing Coordinator. Online educator since '99, Laura is passionate about language, travel, and cooking. She's American by birth and a permanent ex-pat by choice - freelancing made it possible for her to travel extensively and live in several countries before settling permanently in Guadeloupe. Laura is the author of Lawless French, Lawless Spanish, and other websites and books on French, Spanish, English, and vegetarianism. She spends most of her spare time reading, playing with food, and enjoying water sports.

Comments: 4

C.Brian Ross

24 August 2017

Thank you for the video. However, I may not be the only person who found that the "background" music was intrusive, and made listening to the speech more difficult!

Merci pour toute votre assistance. :-)

Cheryl Nebauer

25 August 2017

Thank you for such an interesting 'listening & reading French' article on Claude Monet & his art.
I enjoyed it very much!
Cheryl

Gretel

01 September 2017

Comme c'est merveilleux, merci beaucoup :)

Anthea Prior

07 September 2017

I'm late watching this video, but I also found the background music distracting, as beautiful as Debussy is! Excellent material though and I appreciate the transcript.

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