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Eurovision Song Contest: A good way to practise your French!

On Saturday one of the most eagerly awaited cultural events in Europe will be with us again. Every year in May, the Eurovision Song Contest gets the Old World buzzing with celebrations and excitement.

Take France for example - despite the somewhat disappointing French results and highly criticised performances, several million people watch the TV broadcast every year.

But besides the (lack of?) enjoyment of quality music, eye-catching costumes, and spectacular performances, the Eurovision Song Contest also offers an opportunity to practise your language skills.

We’ve chosen our top three favourite French Eurovision entries. Listen to the songs, read the lyrics, and, if you dare, try to sing along!

Marie Myriam – L’oiseau et l’enfant (1977)

One does not simply talk about France in the Eurovision without mentioning this song. It’s almost 40 years old, but to this day, it’s still the last song to win for France. The song’s vocabulary is quite basic, the pronunciation is nice and clear, and the rhythm will definitely get your toes tapping.

Lyrics

Fatals Picards - L’amour à la française (2007)

A bit of “Franglais” (a mix of French and English) and a lot of humor; with this song, you can review contemporary French vocabulary and have some fun at the same time. But be careful - there are some deliberate mistakes in the lyrics! Can you spot them?

Lyrics

Isabelle Aubret - Un premier amour (1962)

Is there anything better than a French song about love? The lyrics are simple and easy to understand. A good exercise and a flashback to the French 60’s!

Lyrics

Bonus: Lisa Angell – N’oubliez pas (2015)

Last but not least, a taste of Eurovision 2015 with this year’s French contestant. Would you vote for this song? While you’re thinking about it, take a look at the lyrics and work on your listening skills!

Lyrics

Don’t forget, practice is key to fast and efficient progress. And music is a fantastic source of motivation!