Belgium's Declaration of Independence

Practice listening and reading while learning about how Belgium proclaimed its independence. After you listen to the sound files, scroll down to the bilingual reader to check the French transcript and 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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ManalA0Kwiziq community member

Bonsoir, je ne comprends rien

 Bonsoir,  je ne comprends rien

Asked 1 week ago

Bonsoir, je ne comprends rien

 Bonsoir,  je ne comprends rien

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MichaelA0Kwiziq community member

translation of "lors du"

Looking at the sentence: Lors du Congres organisé(...clause), un très large majorité des cent quatre vingt huite members se prononce pour l'etabissement d'une monarchie constitutionnelle. I would translate this as "whilst the congress organised, a very large majority decided on the establishment of... So would have anticipated "Lorsque le Congres..." or "Quand le Congrès..." Where as "Lors du..." seems to have the meaning "While the..." "During the..." ...so the definite article seems not needed... can anyone clarify the use of "Lors du..." here I wonder...? Best regards, Michael
Asked 1 month ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

< Lors de  >  - during, as translated in the exercise. Lors de (le Congrès) - during (the) Congress - (de le) contracts to “du”.

While in English “the” may be dropped in a similar sentence, the definite article is not dropped in French.

 

translation of "lors du"

Looking at the sentence: Lors du Congres organisé(...clause), un très large majorité des cent quatre vingt huite members se prononce pour l'etabissement d'une monarchie constitutionnelle. I would translate this as "whilst the congress organised, a very large majority decided on the establishment of... So would have anticipated "Lorsque le Congres..." or "Quand le Congrès..." Where as "Lors du..." seems to have the meaning "While the..." "During the..." ...so the definite article seems not needed... can anyone clarify the use of "Lors du..." here I wonder...? Best regards, Michael

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MichaelA0Kwiziq community member

se trouver

(l'opera) dont le sujet se trouve être un soulevement (des Napolitians contre leurs opresseur) ...how does this translate I wonder...seems like too many words to me...? The opera in which the subject finds themselves/him/itself being an uprising the neapolatians against their opressers...? Shouldn't it be: The opera in which the subect finds themselves in an uprising...A against B? 

Very grateful for a better translation of this sentence! 

Michael 


Asked 1 month ago
JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi Michael,

How about:      "The drama/tragedy whose subject happens to be an uprising (of the Napolitains against their oppressors)"

Hope this helps

Jim

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Michael - from what you have written, I am not sure you know you can click on the text to view a translation ? (It is 'a translation' because translation is subjective, but it is always a good one).

se trouver

(l'opera) dont le sujet se trouve être un soulevement (des Napolitians contre leurs opresseur) ...how does this translate I wonder...seems like too many words to me...? The opera in which the subject finds themselves/him/itself being an uprising the neapolatians against their opressers...? Shouldn't it be: The opera in which the subect finds themselves in an uprising...A against B? 

Very grateful for a better translation of this sentence! 

Michael 


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DanielleB2Kwiziq community member

Verb tenses

Why is this text written mostly in present tense but translated in past tense? How can we know when it's appropriate to use this technique to make our own storytelling easier?

Asked 3 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Telling a story situated in the past by using the present tense is a stylistic instrument to increase the immediacy for the reader. The temporal separation is removed and the reader feels more deeply immersed. This is also an option in English, by the way:

"You won't believe what happened to me the other day. I'm walking down the street, minding my own business, when suddenly someone taps me on the shoulder."

The first sentence sets the temporal stage, indicating that what follows took place in the past. Then the narrator switches to the present tense to draw the listener into the story.

Verb tenses

Why is this text written mostly in present tense but translated in past tense? How can we know when it's appropriate to use this technique to make our own storytelling easier?

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RobinC1Kwiziq community member

comment on the excellence of this topic

Great topic (though I had to Google "Brabant")!

Asked 4 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Robin,

Thank you very much for your comment. It is very much appreciated. At Kwiziq, we aim to please! 

Bonne journée!

comment on the excellence of this topic

Great topic (though I had to Google "Brabant")!

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RenjiA1Kwiziq community member

Une question, finalement

Aujourd'hui j'ai appris quelque chose nouvelle et intéressante à propos de la Belgique. Il me rappelle des révolutions de la France et de la Russe. Quelle l'histoire fascinante. Pourquoi il n'y a pas de questions de compréhension? Ils me manquent.  

Asked 6 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Renji,

Ces exercices sont destinés pour la lecture mais vous pourriez soumettre votre excellent suggestion en anglais par le biais de Help & Support.

En attendant , bonne continuation!

Une question, finalement

Aujourd'hui j'ai appris quelque chose nouvelle et intéressante à propos de la Belgique. Il me rappelle des révolutions de la France et de la Russe. Quelle l'histoire fascinante. Pourquoi il n'y a pas de questions de compréhension? Ils me manquent.  

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RichardA1Kwiziq community member

La même pas un question

Vous avez raison.  Quel bonne historie!

Asked 9 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Merci, Richard, de votre gentil commentaire.

Bonne Continuation!

La même pas un question

Vous avez raison.  Quel bonne historie!

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KevinB2Kwiziq community member

Pas un question

  Je suis d'accord avec Michelle. C'etait tres interessant.

Asked 9 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Merci Kevin, de votre gentil commentaire.

Bonne Continuation!

Pas un question

  Je suis d'accord avec Michelle. C'etait tres interessant.

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MichelleA1Kwiziq community member

Not a question but just to say what a great text, there is a lot of new language for me to learn here and its in a really interesting composition.

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Merci, Michelle!

Your comment is very much appreciated...

Not a question but just to say what a great text, there is a lot of new language for me to learn here and its in a really interesting composition.

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