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No. 184: Laughing in French

I have to share this happy news with someone.

Last night I was able to watch the entire French film le Prénom in French (ok, avec sous-titres français) and understand almost everything that was going on. I actually laughed out loud at all the right times and cringed at the cringe-worthy moments, and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

The whole time I kept thinking, “Look at me understanding French!”

After 2½ years of struggling with this difficult language, being able to laugh in French seems like nothing short of a miracle.



avec sous-titres français: with French subtitles

le Prénom: the first name / given name; a rapid fire, rich and funny dinner party comedy turned dinner disaster, starring the lovely Patrick Bruel. It was a huge hit in the French theatre before being made into a film. 

18 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dorrie Runman #

    Félicitations! C’est un vrai plaisir — je connais exactement le sentiment!!

    March 30, 2014
  2. Congratulations/Félications. I also remember when I was able to watch a movie or to be able to read an entire novel in English…it felt very good.

    March 30, 2014
  3. Sarah Larson #

    Bravo…You must feel very good about that! When I watch films in French, I still have to glance often at the subtitles. I remember when I was studying French in college, my professor said that a good sign of proficiency is when you start dreaming in French. The first time I realized I’d been dreaming in French, it was formidable!

    March 30, 2014
  4. Felicitations! C’est vraiment formidable!!! 🙂

    March 30, 2014
  5. ¡Enhorabuena! I mean, félicitations! This is a real milestone to be proud of!

    March 30, 2014
  6. Bravo – c’est en forgeant on devient un forgeron!

    March 31, 2014
  7. Isabelle - Le Francais à La Haye #

    Ca me donne envie de voir ce film !

    March 31, 2014
    • C’est un film très drôle et vrai. Le Prénom vous fait rire et “gasp” et se sentir comme votre famille est presque normale…(feel like your family is almost normal…) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      March 31, 2014
  8. Ouah ! I’m just happy I can understand all of these comments!

    March 31, 2014
  9. Félicitations ! C’est magnifique ! J’espère qu’un jour je peux faire le même chose. J’adore votre blog. Merci d’avoir partagé cette histoire 🙂

    April 2, 2014

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