Songs in French

Follow along with Leonie Roy-Archambault as she teaches us two songs in French: In the Moonlight and Let's Go, the Sea is Beautiful!

Meet Leonie Roy-Archambault
Learn the song In the Moonlight

Learn the song Let's Go, the Sea is Beautiful!
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Meet Leonie Roy-Archambault

Leonie Roy-Archambault was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up speaking French. She moved to northern British Columbia to work as an archaeologist. Currently, Leonie lives in Burnaby with her husband and two-year-old daughter who won't let her sing or read to her in French!

In the Moonlight

This is the first verse of an 18th-century French song that is well known in Quebec. The complete words and tune are included in Chansons Douces, Chansons Tendres.

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Find ideas for using this song in a program about the night time

Au Clair de la Lune
Au clair de la lune
Mon ami Pierrot
Prête-moi ta plume
Pour écrire un mot
Ma chandelle est morte
Je n’ai plus de feu
Ouvre-moi ta porte
Pour l’amour de Dieu

In the Moonlight
In the moonlight
Pierrot my friend
Lend me your pen
To write something down
My candle’s gone out
And my fire’s out too
Open your door
For the love of God

Let's Go, the Sea is Beautiful!

This is the refrain from a traditional Acadian ballad about herring fishermen. The complete words and tune are included in Chansons Douces, Chansons Tendres.

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Find ideas for using this song in a program about the ocean

Partons, la Mer est Belle!
Partons, la mer est belle!
Embarquons-nous pêcheurs!
Guidons notre nacelle
Ramons avec ardeur!
Aux mâts, hissons les voiles
Le ciel est pur et beau!
Je vois briller l'étoile
Qui guide les matelots!

Let's Go, the Sea is Beautiful!
Let's go, the sea is beautiful!
Fishermen, let’s set off!
Let’s guide our skiff
Let’s row hard!
Let's hoist the sails up the mast
The sky is clear and beautiful!
I see the shining star
That guides our sailors!

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French is one of Canada’s two official languages. Varieties of French are spoken in Quebec and by people of Acadian and Métis heritage. Did you know that button (bouton), mitten (mitaine), and mountain (montaigne) are words English has adopted from French?

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