Frantaglais blah-blah...

Why Frantaglais? Well, I came up with this title as my posts, from time to time, will be en français (in French), en anglais (in English), and/or en Tagalog, my mother tongue. In any case, you find my writing weak, just bear with me please or leave. This is my blog after all. No one forces you to read it.

lundi, février 28, 2005

How about une petite chanson?

One of my favorite songs, Pink Martini's "Sympathique". Wanna try singing in French? Please scroll down slowly...or just click on the link if you're having problems viewing the video.
C'est parti!!!

Ma chambre a la forme d'une cage
Le soleil passe son bras par la fenêtre
Les chasseurs à ma porte
Comme les p'tits soldats
Qui veulent me prendre

Je ne veux pas travailler
Je ne veux pas déjeuner
Je veux seulement l'oublier
Et puis je fume

Déjà j'ai connu le parfum de l'amour
Un million de roses n'embaumerait pas autant
Maintenant une seule fleur dans mes entourages
Me rend malade

Je ne veux pas travailler
Je ne veux pas déjeuner
Je veux seulement l'oublier
Et puis je fume

Je ne suis pas fière de ça
Vie qui veut me tuer
C'est magnifique être sympathique
Mais je ne le connais jamais

Je ne veux pas travailler
Je ne veux pas déjeuner
Je veux seulement l'oublier
Et puis je fume

Je ne suis pas fière de ça
Vie qui veut me tuer
C'est magnifique être sympathique
Mais je ne le connais jamais

Je ne veux pas travailler
Je ne veux pas déjeuner
Je veux seulement l'oublier
Et puis je fume


So, how did it go?


  • At 2:12 PM, Blogger Analyse said…

    ah, love this ne veux pas travailler, je ne veux pas déjeuner..i sing it every morning hehe, so u see how much motivated i am?

    kk, ill sing it again this pm, still in the office, internet break ko lang..internetting instead of coffee, hmm, nice compromise.

  • At 3:57 PM, Blogger sachiko said…

    wow, this is cool! what does the song says, about a traveller?

    I should tell my daughter to visit this site of yours, she's worrying about failing her French. Any advice? :)

    Goodnight,Bokbok..It's almost midnight and I'm still up watching "Chicago". (^^)

  • At 6:32 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    haha!! oh ANALYSE, yeah i can imagine how motivated you are singing this song every morning. LOL

    and yap, it's a song that a listener can easily sing along to, even if he/she doesn't know what he's/she's saying.

    I really love this song, been singing a lot lately that Cléms has already memorized the lyrics, haha!!

    i'll translate the refrain...

    Je ne veux pas travaillerI don't want to work
    Je ne veux pas déjeunerI don't want to eat
    Je veux seulement l'oublierI just want to forget about it
    Et puis je fumeAnd then I smoke

    You should check out Pink Martini's first album. It's a blend of French, Japanese, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Cuban and Brazilian music. An album that's great for dancing or for just plain listening to the beautiful music. You'll like it.

    Oh yes, I almost forgot, your daughter's taking French lessons, nah, she won't fail...

    Bokbok d'amour

  • At 11:07 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    Just a little precision, SACHIKO...

    The word 'déjeuner', when used as a noun, it means 'lunch'. But when it's used as a verb, it's 'to eat/take lunch'.

    Now, the word 'breakfast', in French it's 'petit déjeuner'.

    But if you say, 'Je ne veux pas déjeuner', that means 'I don't want to eat/take my breakfast'.

    And If you want to say, 'I don't want to eat/take my lunch', you simply say, 'Je ne veux pas manger' (manger=to eat) OR 'Je n'ai pas envie de manger' (It's like...I don't feel like eating...) and NOT 'Je ne veux pas déjeuner'.

    They may sound complicated, but nah, not really...
    See? Now you're learning French!


  • At 12:03 AM, Blogger sachiko said…

    Gud moring titser!
    'Je ne veux is a negative form,don't like~~? sounds complicated and I know it is not easy to pronounce, you have many silent letters. My daughter has plans to travel to Canada.y'know they also speak French there. Before graduating,she and some friends,will go to France. That will be 2007.. ciao!

  • At 7:43 AM, Anonymous visitmethenyou'llknow said…

    since i don't have my soundboxes on right now, 'guess i better come back to listen, huh? this 'looks' fun!! ^-^

    hello my dearie bokbokpalabok :D

  • At 9:28 AM, Blogger Luchie said…

    Wow! paano mo nalagayan ng video?

  • At 10:57 AM, Blogger Owzyo! said…

    I couldn't sing it... but it sounds great when recited too!
    I understand most of it - I'm supposed to be doing spanish at the moment but all this involuntary french translation on your site is setting me back!!!! lol!

  • At 4:45 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    ne pas... is the negative form.
    the word veux is the conjugated form (present tense) of the verb vouloir (to want), used in the first person (Je) singular.

    oooppss...psensya na na-carried away ako! LOL

    Hi THESS!
    hey, i've been thinking of you...
    glad you're back!!!

    so what have you been doin' lately huh??? how's charlie?


  • At 5:05 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    madame LUCHIE, how're you?

    try this url...

    enjoy! ^_^

    ohhhh, mon chèr OWZY-O,

    j'aimerai bien t'entendre chanter en français avec ton joli accent anglais! what do you think?


  • At 7:02 PM, Blogger Owzyo! said…

    I've actually got a really strong Welsh accent when I speak in English, (Je suis Galles), so thick my colleagues at work describe it as 'Stinking' as I have to speak real slow so they understand! Le rosbifs, pah!

  • At 9:30 PM, Blogger Analyse said…

    boks, im hooked! i play it each time im online :), i was dansing with this tune with frenchguy last night (with your site on background)..hehe, we're both motivated! i was singing it this morning with my officemate, i guess he was also motivated. :).

    je ne veux pas travailler
    je ne veux pas déjeuner
    je veux seulement l'oublier
    et blog!

  • At 1:00 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    ohhhh my OWZY-O...
    méchants collègues!!! LOL! nice to know that it's just your accent that 'stinks' haha!!! oh, je t'adore! ^_^

    oh que vous êtes mignons tous les deux ANALYSE! ah oui, i can imagine l'ambiance hehe...
    au boulot, chantes quand le patron est alentour! no just kidding! lol ^_^

  • At 4:38 PM, Blogger JMom said…

    Hi boks! I love listening to this! Thanks for the tip on Pink Martini I'll have to check it out. I can't speak French, Japanese, or Italian, but love listening to the music nonetheless :-)

    Last night, I stayed up past my bedtime, got stuck watching an old Catherine Deneauve movie, Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a musical with music by Michel Legrand. Classic talaga!

  • At 12:36 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    hi jmom! how are you?
    yes, check it out. it may not be the kind of music the kids today would listen to but for the ones who really know how to appreciate 'really good music', this is it!

    ah oui, catherine deneuve, there's nothing not to love about her...she's got true elegance and class!

  • At 12:59 PM, Blogger sachiko said…

    Hi Bok! Did you get the name of the actor,dearie? (the returner)

    Btw,I noticed that your shoutbox and links and the beautiful photos are at the bottom of the page. I have to scroll all the way down to holler?! I'm using IE.

  • At 3:09 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    hi Sach chérie!
    i guess it's Takeshi Kaneshiro, his name in the film is 'Miyamoto'(hope i'm not mistaken...) awwww, he's so...

    oh, if you're using Internet Explorer, no wonder my sidebar's at the bottom. You might like switching to 'Firefox', much better...

    Bisous et bon weekend! :)

  • At 2:46 PM, Blogger sachiko said…

    Yeah,he was quite popular here years back.He's based in Taiwan.He is half Japanese,half Taiwanese.
    He speaks good English,too.

    Till the next post.. :)

  • At 4:37 PM, Anonymous jennifer said…

    Hi! My first time here, I love this PM's song! Their second album is already out, "Hang on Little Tomato" check that out! Cool!!!

    Cool blog! I'll be back! :)

  • At 5:05 AM, Blogger sachiko said…

    Hi there,Bok!
    I was here yesterday and I should have posted a comment before you made the comment link unavailable. ( _ _ ) Was waiting for the others to make a comment first cos I was truly surprised. Yours is one of my favorites and I will surely miss the kids' faces and stories.

    Take your time and sort things up. Unlike you,my kids are all grown up.I started blogging (last October) to ease the loneliness when my eldest entered college and it really helped me forget the time passing and I can let my daughter read and see what's going on in my mind and the family. It must have really hit you in the heart when your kids told you that.Internet can be addicting and can sometimes caused you heartaches and headaches! Haha! I might stop blogging too when and if it is no longer fun for me. Right now,I'm enjoying blogging so I'll stay for a while. Hope you'll find time to say Hi,when the urge hit you.Will truly miss you. :)


  • At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Kenneth said…

    Stumbled on to this blog and been reading it with great interest. It's funny because my French girlfriend was just singing this song in the car this morning! That was my first time hearing this song and the second time was thru this blog. lol! That's what you call, real coincidence!!!

    I love the pics! I'm right now staying in one of the hotels (rue Rambuteau) in front of the Centre Georges Pompidou. Nice area!

    Keep blogging will ya?!!

  • At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonyme said…

    Listening to Pink Martini's songs is like a cool drink on a very hot day!

    Gio of Roma, Italia

  • At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Major Tom said…

    Hi BokBok, your last entry has no comment portion on it so i had to make my message here. I just want to encourage you to write again because your blog is too good to just go away and you are such a good and interesting writer. However, whatever your decision, then it must be for the best. Whatever makes you happy.

  • At 1:39 PM, Blogger Owzyo! said…

    Argh! What happened to your chatbox?

  • At 7:38 PM, Blogger Owzyo! said…

    I keep coming back to check...but to no avail, you're steadfast!

    Anyhow hope all is well!

  • At 1:15 PM, Blogger Owzyo! said…

    avez-vous reconsidéré encore ?

  • At 9:05 AM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    nah, mon cher, pas encore hehe...

    je me contente juste de lire ton precious blog.

    errr, tu sais quoi?, je t'adore... :)

  • At 12:54 AM, Blogger Jipsy said…

    It's cool 'cause I understand your frenchness because I take French in school (it's mandatory in Canada).
    Your daughter is absolutely cute, by the way. You should be proud.

  • At 4:07 PM, Blogger Bokbok said…

    oh thanks a lot Jipsy!

    thanks for dropping by and for the kind words! Good luck with your studies!



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