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Do any other wizards have an interest in French language, history, and culture?

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Why on earth are you interested in French language?


French history, Enlightenment, French Revolution, Restoration, July Monarch, Second Empire


It's a very beautiful language, and it's fairly easy to learn if you already know English.


The French Revolution - Part 1 - English subtitles (La Révolution française - Les Années Lumières)


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I browse French Twitter on days when I don't have the drive or time to read from a book or long news article. It is a good way to get at least a little bit of language exposure on my off days.

They have an election coming up, which has really energized the normalcattle, and it makes for amusing and interesting reading.


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Thanks for the resources wiz, I seem to be picking this up faster than Nipponese.


Maybe you might like this: https://boards.qwant.com/
Qwant is a privacy-oriented French search engine, but I use Searx.
There are French imageboards too:
I realize my suggestions may be unwelcome, but keeping tabs on imageboards is just something I like to do.


Louis Ferdinand Céline interview - English subtitles


>Extra french avec sous-titres- Episode 1
A sitcom-type show made for students of French. I think there are German and Spanish versions around as well.


Thanks, wiz.


French Existentialism


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>Do any other wizards have an interest in French language, history, and culture?

I was born in france, for my sins. I got out when I was 20 and can't possibly conceive of a reason why anyone would take an interest in anything remotely french.

I hope to live long enough to see their heinous language die, and it upsets me a great deal that anyone would want to learn it.

Why? Is it like NTR pornography, where somehow the inherent humiliation is supposed to make you feel better about yourself?


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>I got out when I was 20
What happened to make you hate France, wiz? Is it because they deported you back to Algeria? :^)

This thread is certainly not meant to hide or obscure the fact that much of France and its culture is highly unwizardly.


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I couldn't take the cognitive dissonance, it was too much to bear. Everything the french produce is utterly shit in comparison to what the civilised, English-speaking nations of the world have to offer. Whether we're talking about literature, music, movies, technology, everything they make is shit-tier and yet, the french genuinely believe that it's the best.
They'll wank on an on about their "exception culturelle", high on the smell of their own farts. And it's not just that they keep repeating it, but they expect you to believe it also. I was never particularly smart, but I had access to satellite TV and later the Internet, and it was plain to see that the grass really *was* greener in the civilised world. That's what drove me mad.

I'll never know the dignity of being American, and I'll never get back the 20 years of my life they stole from me. Fuck the french.

Saged for blogposting.


I'm French myself and his way to speak is really amusing, really interesting person. thanks wizzie.


those boeard are utter shit i don't recommand visiting them. filled with incel normalcattle.


>literature technology being shit tier
Careful there boy. Some of it is great.
>I'll never know the dignity of being American, and I'll never get back the 20 years of my life they stole from me. Fuck the french.
Another fucking burger. Who would have known ? ^^
Burgers are so proud to be part of MURICA it's ridiculous.


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Soyons gentils.

Let's keep this thread positive, friends. We are all wizards here.



The Horla is pretty good, I remember reading it when I was 13 and being both scared and fascinated. Maupassant is very popular in middle school and high school, well, as popular as a "classical" author can be but his stories have really aged well.


French is my mother tongue but I'm from the province of Quebec in Canada.

French people from France tend to have a better
command and a wider vocabulary than the people living here. Sort of like the distinction between British english vs American english but more pronounced.
From where I am and as is the case with most north american people, the people here descend from peasant stock which kind of explains the lack of refinement with which we express ourselves compared to our European counterparts.

French literature is considered by many to be one of the greatest. The french language itself is melodious.

I've enjoyed reading Michel Houellebecq's works and I highly recommend them to people of a wizardly bent. But apart from that, I don't really enjoy reading books or literature. I'm what you may call "educated" but even I have trouble getting into most of the classic "auteurs".
It just goes way above my head. I can't go through a single page without having to look through a dictionary and the cultural references from other centuries are lost on me.

To really get the most out of a lot of those french classics you practically need a degree in literature.
There are too many ancient cultural references and archaic terms to make these works accessible to a general public or even most educated people.

Imagine a guy from the 24th century reading a 2017 raid chatlog peppered with KEKs or BURs. The poor guy won't understand anything. Unless he's read extensively about early 21st century MMO history and culture.If he's not well acquainted with our culture, he might mistakingly think KEK is a frog god from 4chan while in fact it's LOL from world of warcraft. Only a true scholar will be able to savor guild chatlogs from the early 21st century.


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What Fantastique littéraire people usually read? I'm looking for horror writers in particular but it's kinda difficult since there isn't such a "division" within French literature (correct me if I'm wrong). They just call it Fantastique and that's it. I read lots of Erckmann-Chatrian. This compilation http://www.filedropper.com/collectedworkoferckmann-chatrian (epub format btw) is the only English translation I found. That's a fairly difficult to find epub btw, if anyone is interested.

Other author I would like to read is Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam but there's practically nothing translated to English, at least that I could find online for free. I did find it in Spanish though.


This is an interesting site that I am reading for language practice. It is a French government site that tries to stop Muslim chads from doing jihad.
>Stop Jihadism: Act Against the Terrorist Threat


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thanks anon! especially for those imageboard links


Those imageboards aren't the ones us french use. It's for older people.
HEre's where all the younguns hang out and the happenings happen : http://www.jeuxvideo.com/forums/0-51-0-1-0-1-0-blabla-18-25-ans.htm


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you and i know this site is shit tier, if you think otherwise you might be an outsider, pure cancer.


Wizchan would be beautiful if the only images we could upload were crops from Goya's artworks.


Everything is shit tier. Even this very site.
But you can't deny that's where stuff happens.


-But I'd prefer that you spoke directly of your problems. Once again you're being too abstract.

-Maybe. But I don't understand, basically, how people manage to go on living. I get the impression everybody must be unhappy; we live in such a simple world, you understand. There's a system based on domination, money and fear - a somewhat masculine system, let's call it Mars; there's a feminine system based on seduction and sex, Venus let's say. And that's it. Is it really possible to live and to believe that there's nothing else? Along with the late nineteenth-century realists, Maupassant believed there was nothing else; and it drove him completely mad.

-You're mixing everything up. Maupassant's madness was only a classic stage in the development of syphilis. Any normal human being accepts the two systems you're talking about.

-No. If Maupassant went mad it's because he had an acute awareness of matter, of nothingness and death - and that he had no awareness of anything else. Alike in this to our contemporaries, he established an absolute separation between his individual existence and the rest of the world. It's the only way in which we can conceive the world today. For example, a bullet from a .45 Magnum may graze my cheek and end up hitting the wall behind me; I'll be unscathed. Taking the opposite example, the bullet will splatter my flesh, my physical suffering will be enormous; will be enormous; at the end of the day my face will be disfigured; perhaps the eye will be splattered too, in which case I'll be both disfigured and blind; from then on I'll inspire repugnance in other men. At a more general level, we are all subject to ageing and to death. This notion of ageing and death is insupportable for the individual human being, in the kind of civilization we live in it develops in a sovereign and unconditional manner, it gradually occupies the whole field of consciousness , it allows nothing else to subsist. In this way, and little by little, knowledge of the world's constraints is established. Desire itself disappears; only bitterness, jealousy and fear remain. Above all there remains bitterness ; an immense and inconceivable bitterness. No civilization, no epoch has been capable of developing such a quantity of bitterness in its subjects. In that sense we are living through unprecedented times. If it was necessary to sum up the contemporary mental state in a word, that's the one I'd undoubtedly choose: bitterness.


Read this today for practice.
>Michel Houellebecq : "Je suis un disciple imparfait de Schopenhauer"

>The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq | official trailer US (2015)


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Not goya but an another one i like


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God thank you for this, it's too fucking great


pleb happening you mean.


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Today I read for practice this brief passage on a pessimistic philosopher who was so persuasive that he convinced some of his followers to commit suicide.
>Hégésias De Cyrène
He argued that happiness is impossible to achieve, and that the goal of life was the avoidance of pain and sorrow.


Hegesias is an interesting fellow, but virtually nothing about him is known except a few off-hand comments made by later authors.


The whole socks bts affair was pretty fun. And risitas makes me laugh a lot.


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I went to one of these to listen to a talk on French military history with French and Vietnamese military commanders, and another time just to have an early morning coffee and view an art display they had up. Many locations have all sorts of events, movie viewings, and libraries. The one I went to was not usually bustling, save for when they have a big event.

The Institut français is in charge of implementing France’s cultural action abroad. The agency was set up by the July 27, 2010 French Foreign Cultural Action Act and its enabling decree of December 30, 2010.
This cultural diplomacy is based on a network of 96 instituts français and more than 300 alliances françaises under contract with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs located in 161 different countries around the world.


>Vietnamese military commanders
North or South?




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Today for practice I am reading about the «Affaire de Hautefaye» in which a young French noble was brutally tortured and murdered by French peasants during the Franco-Prussian War. (There are rumors that some of his attackers then proceeded to engage in cannibalism.)

As a wizard I believe there are (at least) two lessons that we can draw from this event.
1) The savagery of the normalcattle is always bubbling just underneath the surface
2) Wizards should never leave their maisons or appartements unless they have a very good reason. Consider that you may be eaten before leaving your house each time!

There is a book on the incident, which has been translated into English, but I have not yet read it.


Un fil sur le language français ou personne ne parle un minimum en français ?


I found that episodes of French cartoons were officially uploaded on Youtube, both in french and other languages. Embedded is the link to the first episode in French, but they are also in English and Deutsch like, for Lucky Luke for example :

Other shows like Spirou and Fantasio, Code Lyoko, Kid Paddle… are also accessible.


Wizards are more than welcome to interact in French here. But I also wanted to make the thread accessible for wizards who are just interested in French culture and history. I should've emphasized that more in the OP.


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Today for language practice I checked out a French UFO religion, le mouvement raëlien.

>Cult backs new book–The Possibility of an Island–from French bad boy Houellebecq

The Elohimites are based on the real-life Raelian sect, who hit the headlines in December 2002 with their unsubstantiated claim to have cloned the first human baby. Led by Frenchman Claude Vorilhon, the cult believes that extraterrestrials created life on earth via cloning.

In a statement earlier this week, the Raelian movement praised "The Possibility of an Island," describing Houellebecq as a "top-ranking intellectual who dares to say publicly that he finds Rael sympathetic and that its ideas are interesting.

"At last – a stone in the pool of intolerance of the French intellectual milieu," it said.

Houellebecq, who attended a Raelian congress two years ago, told Le Monde that he found the sect "well-adapted to modern times, to our leisure-based civilisation. It imposes no code of morality and it promises immortality… For a science fiction fan like me, its ideas are interesting."


During his extraterrestrial encounters, Rael received a series of messages that touch on all aspects of human life. Whether your interest lies in ancient history, modern science, UFOs, religious scriptures or even sci-fi, you'll gain new perspective from taking the time to read them.
This video summarizes some of the main points conveyed to Rael.


I encourage wizzies to read his books. They are of course not wizardly in the sense that the protagonists have sex and relationships with others, but the emotions and thoughts conveyed in them are.
Houellebecq is a very interesting guy and I enjoyed his books very much.
Of course because this is a french thread I encourage you to read the books in french once you can.


That's surprising, I thought that lunatic was only "popular" (as a laughingstock that is) in french speaking countries.


This man was my first love in literature


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Today for practice I read about an autistic French writer and comedian who is running for president. I am going to start his first book in a few days, L'Emperor, C'est Moi, which is about his early years as a child with autism.

>Le premier tour aura lieu le 23 avril. Il compte représenter les 300 000 à 500 000 autistes de France sous le slogan «Un destin pour tous!».

Assuming his numbers are accurate, just think what upwards of half a million autists could do. They could human-wave attack a French nuclear missile base, then use the nukes to demand that the French government give them generous bux and free apartments.

Related to this I read about another presidential candidate, François Fillon, who had been a front runner before a scandal dented his chances. While on television defending his staying in the presidential race, he said, “I am not autistic, I can see difficulties and I am aware of the criticism,” he said. At another moment in the interview, he said: “I am not shutting myself away, I am not autistic, I want to convince my political family.”

Frankly, we have no choice in the matter. We must seize nukes and dictate terms to these normalcattle. They have nothing but contempt for us. We must bully them before they can bully us.


This is the movie that most closely resembles my life.
Very wizard-like

It's in french with english subs. The quality of the traduction is ok but if you understand french, it's even better.



I would've liked it if it wasn't a pretentious French circlejerk. Hearing that succubi talk ruins the movie.



Emil Cioran - A Century of Writers (English Subtitles [CC], French Documentary)


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France *NEEDS* to be better than USA (Trump) and UK (Brexit).


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You encapsulated exactly how it feels when I try to read the classics.


Corporate media go home


basically everything is a bible reference in normies world

once you read it youll understand most of the "classics"


If he worries that Le Pen might be elected, he don't has to worry about anything, no matter how well she does, or how bad the other candidates do in the campaign. The two turns election guarantee that Le Pen can't be elected unless she gets 51% of the vote in the first turm, but then who knows, the FN is apparently getting more popular even amongst migrants, and people might not give a fuck to go to the voting booth.


Yes and we all know that Hillary won the election and Brexit failed, just like the statistics predicted it…


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Les femmes enceintes seront un jour lapidées, l’instinct maternel proscrit, la stérilité réclamée.
Cioran, Le Mauvais Démiurge.

>L'art de guillotiner les procreateurs : manifeste anti-nataliste

Théophile De Giraud


>Pregnant succubi will one day be stoned, the maternal instinct proscribed, sterility demanded.

This won't happen because communities/societies that carry this out will be replaced by those that continue with the natalist business as usual. Look what happened to the Shakers in America, or any other childless cult.


>Cafe scene from Le feu follet
The Fire Within (French: Le feu follet) is a 1963 French film directed by Louis Malle. It is based on the novel of the same name by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle. The film stars Maurice Ronet as Alain Leroy, a recovering alcoholic at a rehabilitation clinic in Versailles who has depression. He decides to end his life, but first decides to visit his friends in Paris one last time, in an attempt at finding a reason to continue living.


I'm thinking of going to college in quebec because there should be less competition then the anglo provinces. I can write and speak french competently but not super fast. Know what the job market is like there?


I'm using Anki to brush up my French vocabulary. It's a lot of fun, I'm always looking forward to it. I need to work on grammar too, at some point.


well you are missing on great stories by not reading classics, french or not and I would highly encourage you to not give up because it's amazing how you can still relate to the characters centuries later and makes you understand the issues people have on this website are not new at all. Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment for example is as close as you can get to a 19th century wizard.



Anyone got guides to learning French?


Here's a self-learning CD rip if you're interested. Don't know how good it is.



Thanks anon


these boards seem dead


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It's time to learn arabic, not the french.


Les Français ont quoi ? Rien. Si on apprend le japonais on peut voir des animes ou lire de manga sans les putain des dubs que sont terrible. Je ne peux pas trouver rien intéressant en français, parce qu'ils fait des dubs ou sous-titres et n'a pas des choses originales. J'aimerais si quelqu'un peut montrer moi quelque chose que change mon opinion et ne regrette pas apprenant cette langue. Et je sais que la grammaire est mauvaise, ne direz rien.


what is difference?


Si tu prenais la peine de lire les messages postés précédemment, tu aurais largement de quoi élargir ta culture qui se limite à première vue à regarder des dessins animés.
Je trouve ta démarche d'apprentissage lamentable et j'ose espérer que tu abandonneras l'idée de poursuivre l'apprentissage du Français.


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No bullying. You're being awfully rude, fellow Frenchanon, almost as bad as a Parisian.
A lot of people have little culture, but I'd wager wizards know better, and most of all know better than being upset with an obvious bait.

I know it's really a difficult read for non native speakers, but hear me out :
The hunchback of Notre-Dame is a wizardly novel, through and through. I know, Victor Hugo wasn't a wizard by any stretch, but his genius was enough for him to put himself in our shoes. Seriously, read it, I trust English translations are good enough. Don't get me wrong, Quasimodo isn't a wizardly character, he's a mindless beast and not much else. Frollo, however, is pretty much what we would be if we were raised in a hardcore catholic society : obsessed with esoteric meanings, bothered with all the bullshit from normieworld.

Honeslty, it's the story of a fallen wizard (and so much more). Read it, it's worth it.


It seems like terry is spending all his time at the library learning french. he probably will considering he was dedicated enough to build his own operating system


how is terry davis's french?


I freaking love Terry. It's hilarious he's using "meuf" if I understand it correctly which is slang for succubus.
A man of his stature shouldn't use such a word but it's funny to hear though.

He needs to progress but with his intellect he'll get there quickly.


Whats the difference between quebec, Cajun and standard french?


J'en ai ma claque d'avoir à me confronter à des ignares mêmes pas fichus de faire preuve d'humilité face à une culture qui les dépassent.


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thought I would share this, some teacher left her entire french class files on a website without password protection, so if you want a bunch of textbooks, workbooks, and audio files to go along with them, her home page is hard to navigate, but here are the french 1 download files



Terry Davis has passed away. A real shame.


Is there any solid evidence yet though? Last time I checked there was only an obscure report about a homeless man being hit by a train in the same area Terry was thought to be.


I've started learning French on Duolingo today, and I'll be monitoring this thread.

Bonne chance.


It's hard to get any confirmation when we deal with the homeless. However, terry has disappeared since a man named terry was killed on a train track in the area he was known to be.


I recently finished an engaging popular history book on the life and times of Louis XV's last chief succubus, Madame du Barry. From working class to riches to the guillotine, quite a story.

The author, Joan Haslip, has an engaging writing style, which reminded me a bit of Emil Ludwig's Napoleon biography.

>Madame du Barry: The Wages of Beauty by Joan Haslip


I'm now moving on to a more wizard-friendly, French-language work, a small book I found on Amazon with interviews and commentary on Emil Cioran, Entretiens avec Sylvie Jaudeau.


ne parle pas*

C'est drôle, je commençai apprendre français y a trois ou quatre jours, et peux déceler ces erreurs


French "variété" is the worst thing to ever happen in the history of music.


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I use picrel dictionary in English on my laptop , and I need a dictionary like this for PC. ENG-FR is preferred ;_;

Do you have any suggestions?


La Jetée is a 1962 French Left Bank science fiction featurette by Chris Marker. Constructed almost entirely from still photos, it tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel. It is 28 minutes long and shot in black and white. This film inspired Terry Gilliam's neo-noir science fiction film 12 Monkeys.

Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. Marker's La Jetée is one of the most influential, radical science-fiction films ever made, a tale of time travel told in still images.


you're both wrong correcting this guy, no negation needed and the òu is supposed to be a où.

now for your correction.
> C'est drôle, j'ai commencé à apprendre le français il y à trois ou quatre jours, et peux déceler ces erreurs


La Jetée really is a fantastic movie, I always recommend it to everyone I can.
12 Monkeys is also good enough in itself.

Now for your correction:
>il y a
It's the "avoir" verb.


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French literary rebel Houellebecq releases 'Serotonin'

(The novel, which will be published in German, Spanish and Italian next week, comes out in English in September.)


Vous pouriez poster en francais, au lieux de poster en englais, c'est super patetique


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Interviews with two French hikikomoris, one a 22-year-old male, the other a 38-year-old succubus.
>Interview with a French hikikomori, Guido.  Round 1  "Even a Hikikomori Can Have Love Life!"
>Interview with a French Female Hikikomori; Tellurienne, Round 1 "Not My Choice To Be a Hikikomori"
>Entrevue Avec une Hikikomorie Française; Tellurienne, Round 1 « Je n’ai pas choisi de devenir une hikikomorie. »


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"Why have only norman animals like dogs been sent into space?" President Charles de Gaulle once asked his science advisor. And thus begins the story of the first cat to visit space:

Félicette was the first cat launched into space, on 18 October 1963 as part of the French space program. Félicette was one of 14 female cats trained for spaceflight. The cats had electrodes implanted onto their skulls so their neurological activity could be monitored throughout the flight. Electrical impulses were applied to the brain and a leg during the flight to stimulate responses. The capsule was recovered 13 minutes after the rocket was ignited. Most of the data from the mission was of good quality, and Félicette survived the flight, the only cat to have survived spaceflight. A second feline was launched on 24 October, but the mission resulted in a fatality.
>Hail Félicette! French Space Cat Memorial Beginning to Take Shape
Fifty-six years after a cat named Félicette became the first feline to launch into space, plans to build the cosmic cat's first proper memorial are beginning to take shape.


>Une vie : Félicette


I want to learn German


French food is fine but French language sucks; why not spell it how you pronounce it?


>why not spell it how you pronounce it?
He says, while writing in English.




I've been learning french since january of this year, i've been told i'm doing well but i think the fact that french is very close to my native language helped me a lot
Fuck this shit


How can you learn a foreign language or be incentivized to do so, if you're too socially awkward to ever even talk with anyone anyways?


I learned english just because a lot of stuff on the internet is in english. I never planned to talk to native english speakers, my english speaking skills are horrible, awful accent. Being able to read, write, and hear(understand what people are saying) is enough. Learned spanish because it's the second most spoken language in the world or smth like that. Planning to learn chinese for the exact same reason, and to learn japanese for the japanese internet and media. French and german would be nice to learn too. No plans on actually speaking any of those with my mouth.


Being "incentivized" is not a problem to me, language learning is honestly fun
And as >>50882 said talking with native speakers is not my main objective
I too learned english as a second language, and although i can read, write and listen without difficulty i would probably be awkward as fuck talking and my pronunciation is shit since i've rarely if ever had occasion to actually speak it


je suis le seul français ici?


nan gars t'est pas le seul mais je fait que lurker et je poste peux

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