Jardin d'hiver, de Keren Ann

Practice your French listening and reading comprehension with this wintery song.

Listen to the song, then read the transcript. Click any phrase for the translation and links to related grammar lessons which you can add to your Kwiziq French notebook to practice later.

Q&A relating to this exercise 2 questions, 2 answers

HillaryC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

comme au long des golfes clairs, ...

The translation says "like alongside clear springs."

Does the word "golfes" mean "springs"?

Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Hillary, 

The line, 'le long des golfes clairs' is a reference to another song (I think) by Charles Trenet, La Mer: 

La mer, qu'on voit danser le long des golfes clairs , a des reflets d'argent ...

I have never really asked myself what was meant by  'golfes clairs'  here, just took it to mean a body of water created by the sea, and normally golfe will be translated by 'bay'.

I have seen that line translated as -

The sea that we see dancing along the shores of clear bays,  shimmers with silver ...

But this is poetry,  so a translation doesn't have to be literal.

Other opinions very welcome...

comme au long des golfes clairs, ...

The translation says "like alongside clear springs."

Does the word "golfes" mean "springs"?

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LorieC1Kwiziq community member

je n'en peux plus de t'attendre

Hi, I'm wondering why the "de" is included in this line?

Asked 5 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Lorie,

It is because this idiomatic expression takes the preposition 'de' before the second verb which is in the infinitive like a lot of expressions in French. 

N'en plus pouvoir de faire quelque chose = To feel sick and tired of doing something

( lit. not to be able to do something any longer )

I hope this helps!

je n'en peux plus de t'attendre

Hi, I'm wondering why the "de" is included in this line?

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