Sunday, August 4, 2013

Parlez-vous français ?

Believe me…you do not want to hear me try to speak French! Most people have trouble understanding my Serious Southern Drawl…in English! heehee! But it’s funny that I do remember my colors, numbers and some of the songs I learned in high school French!


So it was fun to find this old book, published in 1898 at the Thrift Store this week.


And then I remembered some children’s books that I bought a couple of years ago.



Aren’t they charming?

Fables of the Fountain has beautiful stories and illustrations.


I love this illustration best.


I’m joining Beautiful Sunday,

Seasonal Sundays,

Sundays in my City,

Mosaic Monday,

and Amaze me Monday!


Do you speak another language?

Maybe you could write one sentence in the comment for me to translate!

(something nice! heehee)


Christina said...

Oh j'adore trouver des vieux livres!
Lucky you- these are charming-
I studied French - (my school actually started it in Kindergarden) and some Italian in college to study abroad but as that was about 100 years ago I'm completely rusty at both - lol I really wish I had kept it up better :( - small disclaimer - I double checked my phrase with google translate- lol

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

Ciao, come stai?

What wonderful books you have found Diane!

TexWisGirl said...

that looks like a very cool book!

Pondside said...

Jeg kan godt lide at læse børnebøger - although I understand Danish much better than I speak it!...and I never write it, so I had help from The Great Dane.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

"J'aime lire des livres" My high school French is so rusty but soon I'll be trying to say a few phrases! Love the books in French!

une étreinte


Noelle the dreamer said...

Oh! Les Fables de La Fontaine! Les souvenirs abondent...
Diane, this 1898 French course sounds interesting! Hang on to it!
Never mind the accent, Dear...Mine is decades old and gives me away every time!
Blessings on this lovely Sunday,

Low Tide High Style said...

What wonderful finds! I speak French and a tiny bit of Spanish. I will have to keep my eye out for some vintage French books, my daughter teaches both French and Spanish and would love having books like these to use with her young students.


GardenOfDaisies said...

As ilustracoes de livros infantis sao tao bonitinho. Eu amo tartaruginhas.
That looks funny the way it is written. There should be several accent marks, but I don't know how to do that on the keyboard. (I speak very rusty Portuguese. It has been years since I have used it.)

Diane said...

Wie geht es Ihnen? I took German in high school. Doubt I would get by in Germany! Very nice books

It's me said...

Qui qui...un from me Ria...x!

cucki said...

wow such sweet books :)
hugs x

My name is Riet said...

We study English, French and German in HIghschool and of course Dutch our native language.
Je parle le Francais un petite peu.
Hope I got that right, lol

Rajesh said...

Wonderful collection of books.

podso said...

It's amazing to me how much Spanish I remembered from high school, enough with some fine tuning to be able to communicate with my maternity patients in the hospital. I guess our minds were young then and able to absorb and remember more. Don't you remember names from your childhood better than names today?

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Bonjour! That's about all I remember of the few French words I ever learned. Your books are very nice and look wonderfully illustrated! I love seeing the artwork in children's books.

Crafty in the Med said...

¡Hablar otros idiomas rompe las barreras!
As I live in Spain I have to speak Spanish and I imagine in Florida there are numerous people who speak it too. I also speak Valenciano which is the regional language.
As an English teacher I often use children's books with Adult beginners especially for pronunciation.
I would like to speak many more languages!

Giveaway now open!

keep well

Amanda :-)

eileeninmd said...

Nice collection of books! The illustrations are cute! I never learned French, wish I did! Have a happy week ahead!

Marivel said...

Hola,como estas,amiga?
Hello,how are you,friend?
My daughter is learning sign language .She is bilingual.My boy and I enjoy japanese language.We love japanese movies like Ponyo.
Hasta la vista,baby...
Have a hermoso dia !!

Jeanne said...

Es un encantador pequeño libro.

Betty said...

The books are so cute. I wanted to take french when I was in school, but I had to take latin for college. Maybe one of these days I could learn it. Never too late they say.

JG said...

Oui, je parle un peu Francais. I do remember this from high school! Colors, numbers, too :) Many years ago when visiting my cousin in Spain, her car broke down and French tourists helped us. Knowing basic French was so helpful, even in Spain! :)

Lavender Cottage said...

Cute books Diane. You opened a can of worms here, fun to read all the different languages.
I only have high school French and what I remember is not that noteworthy.
When our twin granddaughters were filling in forms for school one year, a question asked if they spoke another language. Oh my, one of them wrote down pig-latin.
We still kid her about it to this day.

sandy said...

Hola! Charming books! Love the illustrations! I SHOULD be able to write something in Spanish after 6 years of it in school. But that was way too many years ago...adios!

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

I love old French readers. What a treasure.

A Garden of Threads said...

Bonjour. Great pictures books. I come from a bilingual country, French and English. Cannot speak French very well.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I do not. But I have people who comment on my blog who speak Swedish, French, Japanese, German and Polish (maybe more) but they usually comment in English, even if I have to translate their blogs when I read them. I am so in awe of their bilinigual ability and I wish I did know at least one other language! It's great fun to read about other cultures and that's one of the things I love about blogging.

Another thing I love is seeing your beautiful pictures ... you find such beautiful things ...thanks for sharing your wonderful collections!

Robyn@SimplyMe1970 said...

Loved this post and adore those books! Sadly I never learned another language. I always wanted to learn Latin, Italian and French but most days I have enough trouble with English.. LOL

Vee said...

Those are sweet books...perhaps one could pick up some French from starting at the beginning again. No, I really dont speak any other languages, though I am taking German lessons via DuoLingo. They are free. You could take up French.

Chatty Crone said...

I don;t but I wish I could.

Linda Walker said...

Bonjour Diane,
Just got back from our trip to PA. Your post made me laugh....I can't remember most days what I had for breakfast but I still can recite the poems we had to memorize in French class.
Sew what!
ps vous etes dans la lune!!! (like me!)

Carola Bartz said...

Was für schöne Bücher!!! Of course I speak German since it is my native language. I also speak French and refresh it currently since my daughter learns it in high school. Over the summer we spole a little bit of French every day just to practice. I also learned Chinese - I have a master's degree in Chinese studies - but this is so long ago and when you don't practice it it's so easy to forget.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

These are just so cute!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comment!!


Anonymous said...

A fun post! Love your thrift store book. I took Spanish for years in high school. I still remember quite a bit but when I hear the language fluently, I don't understand a thing!

Musings from Kim K. said...

My high school Spanish was a zillion years ago. Very little remains in my brain. It's been fun watching Emma soak up her French classes.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

What a great find!! I love vintage books!!

The Tablescaper said...

Although I took quite a number of years of Spanish, it was never my forte.

Lovely to have have you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Brenda Kula said...

I wish I could find some of these for Marley. Cute!

Lorrie said...

Jean de la Fontaine a écrit 240 fables pendant le 17ième siècle. (Jean de la Fontaine wrote 240 fables during the 17th century). De la Fontaine refers to the author of the stories, although his name does mean from the fountain. I remember reading his stories when I studied for my degree in French.

I'd love to find a book like that. I'm a high school French teacher and love using children's stories.

All the comments in different languages are a lot of fun!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Fun post Diane! I speak fluent Chicago English with lots of swearing thrown in and a pretty passable Kentucky southern drawl. Lol. I'm actually learning Spanish right now but I read it better than hear it, if you can understand what I mean by that. Xo

Diane Writes said...

Hi there namemate! Those are great and priceless finds!!! The book was totally preserved since its conception in 1898!!! I would love to touch and feel the book on my own hands.

I never learned anything French though haha Though someday, I wish to see the beautiful Paris.

Wishing you a great week ahead namemate! Thank you for forever linking up.

Stephanie said...

Oh how fun! And believe it or not, today we had a missionary family in church who live in France I love listening to people speak another language :)

Hugs to you!

Mary said...

Love the illustrations in your fable book! I took French but couldn't begin to communicate with anyone :)

Daphne Bryson said...

Bonjour Diane, These are lovely books and like you I love old books, I love the smell of them and the feel of them. I find that with a lot of 18th century books the pages feel a lot thinner and lovely to the touch.
These are lovely books to treasure.
Best Wishes

Patty Antle said...

Darling books! Gracias. That's all I remember!

jody said...

Always fun to find treasures! Love books and treasures too! I learned a bit of Japanese while living over there. Not really enought to say i speak it. Enjoy your day!!

Susanne said...

I was 3 years old when I came to the States, I was jabbering German, but alas, my mother was so intent on learning English the German in me slipped right away. I know a few words, can count in German to 10. That is sad when you think about it. It would be great to be bi-lingual.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You find the most amazing books at the thrift store, Diane! I finally found some good thrift stores in my area and when I get a day free from babysiting I'm going over to explore them!

Anonymous said...

Si, Diane, yo hablo Español. :)
I read, write, and speak fluent English and Spanish. Studied French in high school and Italian in college, but only remember a little. Speaking it is the key. Love your books and I love that illustration too.
Could not resist stopping by after visiting Vanessa just now. Congratulations on winning the magazine. Yay!! Don't you just love reading A Fanciful Twist? So glad you introduced me a while back.
Have a great day, sis.

Anonymous said...

Unique and fascinating post ~ great mosaic photos and others ~ I still remember my jr high and high school friend with a New England accent ~ enjoy and thanks, xxxoo

Caty said...

Hola, Diane

Que bonitos libros! Como soy Mexicana obviamente hablo español.

Saludos y abrazos,


The Boston Lady said...

Mon ami, Diane, I was born in Montreal, took French in school until I moved to the states when I was 15, and you ask if I can speak it? I can speak a bit, but write it? Mais non! No even sure about my spelling. Ann

Mary Howell Cromer said...

How charming those little books. My neighbors 2 doors from me speak French, they would adore these~

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Oui! Je parle français en peu. Vos livres pour enfants sont très mignon!

Avoir un grand matin!


Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

I think old books are so interesting and yours look wonderful!

Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...

Hi Diane,

Just love the vintage French book! One a fab find.

Hugs, Lynnie

Donna said...

LOL, I have a hard enough time with English on most days. And though I wasn't born or raised in the south, I have adopted a distinct southern accent!