Learn French vocabulary with the song LES CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES (French Song Vocabulary, FSV #9), the classic French song about the the world’s most beautiful avenue in Paris, L’Avenue des CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES. Originating from Greek mythology LES CHAMPS-ELYSÉES means “The Elysian Fields (The paradise for dead heroes)”.
Watch the music video and see if you can fill in the Video Word Blanks below.
Video Word Blanks
Je m'(1)_____ sur l’avenue le (2)_____ (3)_____ à l'(4)_____ J'(5)_____ envie de dire bonjour à n'(6)_____ qui N'(6*)_____ qui et ce fut toi, je t’ai dit n'(6*)_____ quoi Il (7)_____ de te parler, pour t'(8)_____
For all the lyrics & cheat sheet, download the FREE CHEAT SHEET SET (includes word lists, word definitions and review word puzzles).
B) Word List
Learn some of the words from the song with the Word Map & Word Table below.
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. 4) BALADAIS** is used as a reflexive/pronominal verb.
Notes: 1) (* ) This is the translation of the conjugated verb. Word (1) is used as a reflexive/pronominal verb.
2) Pink word boxes show the lyric vocabulary words.
3) Blue word boxes show Bonus words.
4) Dotted outline word boxes attached to other word boxes (verbs, nouns, adjectives) who the different 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.
Q1) TRIVIA TRUE or FALSE? The AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES and the EIFFEL TOWER are both on the north side of the SEINE River and are located right next to each other.
A1) False. The two famous Parisian landmarks are each located on the other side of the SEINE River, the AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES on the north and the EIFEEL TOWER on the south. Though they are each on different sides of the river, they are only a short 20-30 minute walk from each other.
Q2) In the video below, you can see the original version of the song LES CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES sung by Joe Dassin in 1969. Although from the video, Joe Dassin looks like a tried & true French man, yet he was actually not born in France. In what country was he born?
A2) He was actually born in the US. He spent much of his childhood in New York & Los Angeles. But was also schooled in Switzerland where he learned his French. In his twenties, he moved to France to do some acting but with the song LES CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES, eventually gained popularity as a singer in the early 1970’s.