AU CLAIR DE LA LUNE is a slow & easy song for French beginners to learn. This French children’s lullaby is catchy and a great way to start expanding your vocabulary. It has been sung for centuries and also holds a surprising Guinness World Record for being high-tech of its own era. (*Post updated Mar 3, 2020)
Learn some of the words from the song with the Word Map & Word Table below.
* This post introduces just one of many word lists of the full AU CLAIR DE LA LUNE Vocabulary Setavailable in the STUDY PACK.
A WORD TABLE is a table where each word is listed with its dictionary-look-up word (the form of the word that it is listed under in the dictionary), definition, grammatical parts of speech and other notes about the word.
Notes: 1) Scroll horizontally, if all table columns are not visible. 2) LINK* This column shows the DICTIONARY-LOOK-UP word & a link to an online dictionary entry. 3) (* ) This is the translation of the conjugated verb.
It can also be an adjective meaning "Bright, light, clear".
A WORD MAP is a visual diagram that organizes the words according to their relationship with each other. Words related to each other (ex: opposites, rhymes, similar conjugation patterns, etc…) are attached or connected to one another.
Notes: 1) (* ) This is the translation of the conjugated verb.
2) Pink word boxes show the lyric vocabulary words.
3) Blue word boxes show Bonus words.
4) White word boxes attached to other word boxes (verbs, nouns, adjectives) show the various forms of the words they are attached to.
5) Bold font show dictionary-look-up words (The form of the word that it is listed under in the dictionary.)
6) Italics show feminine words.
Q) True or False? A recording of the French folk song AU CLAIR DE LA LUNE holds the record for the oldest recorded human voice.
A) True. A recording of the French folk song AU CLAIR DE LA LUNE holds the record for the oldest recorded human voice.
Article by Merrill Fabry, Photo: Universal History Archive/Getty Images
Recently in 2008, researchers in Paris have discovered a recording of the French folk song AU CLAIR DE LA LUNE which dates even farther back to 1860. The ten-second fragment of this French song recorded by inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville (France) used a phonautograph (shown in picture) to make the oldest recorded human voice. (If anybody is surprised by this, I’m with you. I grew up back when we learned that the first human voice recording was of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” by Thomas Edison in 1877. So this was a total eye-opener for me! You learn something new everyday….^^)