Let’s get excited about French: Free French-Canadian film screening

I remember being in French class in highschool and not enjoying it. I thought it was such a waste of time since I wasn’t going to use it anyway. Now I have a 5 year-old daughter who is in French Immersion. I want to show her the value of learning another language, French in particular.

This is a guest post by Trish Kinsey, a longtime New West resident, mother of three and member of Canadian Parents for French. CPF is presenting a free screening of two National Film Board films in the auditorium at the New Westminster Public Library (716 6th Avenue) on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 from 7pm to 8:15pm.

I remember being in French class in highschool and not enjoying it. I thought it was such a waste of time since I wasn’t going to use it anyway. Why is my teacher making me make strange linguistic noises? Why are they torturing me? I think I did okay though… a few words did stick like “bonjour” and “merci”.

Fast-forward to my mid-twenties. I just quit my job, got work visas, and was on my way to France with my husband to start a new life. Why France? My husband was fluent in French and I wanted to live and experience a culture that was exciting and different… besides, I had French 10 under my belt and I knew my two French words.

After being in France for 3 weeks, we found out that I was pregnant. I had pretty severe morning sickness (or all-day sickness in my case) which prevented me from going out and socializing. Between keeping my food down and trying to understand what these French people were saying, interacting with people in French was very difficult for me. I remember wishing I knew more French so that I could communicate well and not be so lonely in this foreign country. I started longing for comfort food (read: bland) such as Kraft Dinner. Can you imagine purchasing Kraft Dinner in France? Sacré bleu! Didn’t matter anyway because I couldn’t find any mac n’ cheese in the land of fine cuisine, but I did find microwavable hamburgers there strangely enough.

Ultimately, we went back to Canada after 3 months. I’m pretty sure we’d still be in France if I knew more French.

Now I have a 5 year-old daughter who is in French Immersion. I want to show her the value of learning another language, French in particular. I think it’s working… she likes to insert French words here and there when I least expect them! I think everyone should be exposed to and excited about French. There’s a whole world out there and it’s pretty handy to know at least one other language.

This is where Canadian Parents for French come in. I joined CPF – New West Chapter 6 months ago because they too believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn French and be involved with activities and events in a French-speaking environment.

The next event coming up is the French-Canadian film night on March 9th, 2010 at 7pm to 8:15pm. So, please come out and enjoy an animated short (in English) and a documentary (in French with English subtitles) for FREE. They are family-friendly films – let’s get everyone excited about French!

CPF – New West will present selected National Film Board films in the auditorium at the New Westminster Public Library (716 6th Avenue) on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 from 7pm to 8:15pm – doors open at 6:45pm. There will be popcorn and door prizes! The event is free and everyone is welcome.

For more information about the screening or CPF, call 604-526-6630.

Film Summaries:

On The Road With La Mouette
On The Road With La Mouette

On the Road with La Mouette (documentary with English subtitles) follows Louise, Philippe and their three sons – Simon, age 19, Félix, 16, and Étienne, 14 as they hit the road with their travelling puppet show, Le Théâtre de La Mouette.

Oma's Quilt
Oma's Quilt

Oma’s Quilt (animated short in English) is about love, life and change. Oma is moving from Maple Street, where she lived for most of her life, to a senior’s residence where she doesn’t know anyone. Granddaughter, Emily, senses that her grandmother isn’t sure she will like her new home. Wishing to help, Emily does something to ease the burden of such a momentous change in all their lives.

Trish Kinsey

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