Learn French vocabulary with the classic French pop song L’OISEAU et L’ENFANT (French Song Vocabulary, FSV #8), a slow-paced French classic that won the popular Eurovision Song Contest back in 1977. The music video below shows the KIDS UNITED cover version of the song (originally sung by Marie Myriam) that gained popularity in France in 2016.
Image from music video of “L’OISEAU et L’ENFANT – Kids United”
Watch the music video and see if you can fill in the Video Word Blanks below.
L’OISEAU et L’ENFANT
Video Word Blanks
Comme un enfant aux yeux de (1)______________. Qui (2)______________ passer au (3)______________ les (4)______________. Comme l’oiseau bleu (5)______________ la Terre. Vois comme le monde, le monde est beau.
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.
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) 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) The song title, L’OISEAU et L’ENFANT, means “The Bird and the Child”. Birds are very popular in France. Which bird is considered to be France’s national mascot or unofficial bird?
A1) The GALLIC ROOSTER is considered France’s national mascot & unofficial bird and has a centuries long history of popularity in France. As a symbol of strength and triumph of good over evil, it can be seen in many French homes on their kitchen dishes, cups and weather vanes. It is also often seen during sporting events, such as the 1998 French World Cup mascot, Footix. Enjoy this interview video of the person behind the Footix costume, Régis Fassier. (He speaks clearly and at a standard pace. There are also subtitles to help you understand better.)
Q2) Who is KIDS UNITED, the group that sings the song L’OISEAU et L’ENFANT? What relationship do they have with UNICEF?
A2) KIDS UNITED is a French children’s pop singing group created in 2015 to support UNICEF and its message of peace & children’s rights. Many of the members were discovered through televised talent shows, such as “The Voice Kids” or “La France a un incroyable talent”. Having gained much popularity many of the original members went on to start solo careers. Later in 2018, the group eventually evolved into KIDS UNITED NOUVELLE GÉNÉRATION (Kids United New Generation), with only one of its original members and a new set of kid singers. In the short video, the original KIDS UNITED introduces clues to their hit single MAMA AFRICA. (Maybe you can recognize some of the color-coordinated clues.)