"Qui est-il ? Le mime Marceau" has been shared to the blog from the French reading exercises section of the learning library where you can find a large selection of interactive texts to help you with your reading skills. This article also has audio for you to practice your French listening skills; you can find many more listening activities in the French listening practice section.
When we think of a mime, we all picture the same character: sailor-striped top, white face and red lipstick… But did you know that that look actually comes from a French mime, le mime Marcel Marceau, who achieved international fame and made miming the recognised art that it is today? Learn about the life of the most famous mime in the world in our bilingual article below.
After listening to the audio, click any word for the English translation and links to related grammar lessons.
Note: The tenses in this French article and its English translation don’t match! In French, we use the present tense to describe historical stories like this to evoke a sense of immediacy, whereas in English, we commonly use the past tense – learn more about historical French tenses.