Découverte de la Mandopop avec XIAMI

Salut tout le monde!

Aujourd’hui je publie mon premier post dans la rubrique “Music” du Blog et j’ai hâte de vous parler de ma dernière découverte: XIAMI. 

Au départ, je pensais vous faire une liste de mes artistes préférés mais autant commencer avec cette version chinoise d’AppleMusic. C’est une étudiante franco/chinoise avec qui j’ai sympathisé qui m’a donnée des petites astuces pour améliorer mon chinois et des applications intéressantes notamment en matière de musique et pour mieux me familiariser avec la culture populaire. Depuis que j’ai découvert le monde du divertissement chinois, je ne peux plus m’en passer et je peux vous dire avec soulagement que je préfère largement la douceur et la sincérité de la voix des artistes chinois plutôt que d’écouter Nick Minaj ou autres twerker. Enfin bref…

XIAMI, c’est comme AppleMusic ou Deezer, une application qui permet d’écouter de la musique gratuitement, il y a une possibilité de télécharger les morceaux ce qui est payant. Bien sûr, nous privilégions l’écoute gratuite. Elle propose essentiellement des hits venus de Chine et environ 40% sont étrangers. C’est un site très utilisé par les jeunes et il propose près de 6 millions de chansons.

J’ai tout de suite téléchargé l’application car j’écoute surtout des BO de dramas et de films que je retrouve difficilement dans AppleMusic. J’ai accès à tous les albums de mes artistes préférés notamment S.H.E (groupe pop Taiwanais), la BO du drama Skip Beat que je recherche depuis plus d’un an. Ce que j’aime encore plus c’est de pouvoir accéder aux lyrics de TOUTES les chansons, c’est là que l’intérêt de ce post intervient: écouter de la musique dans sa langue cible pour travailler la phonétique et parfaire la prononciation.

N’hésitez pas à la télécharger et à me dire ce que vous en pensez !

 

Deutsch.info

Hallo !

Wie geht’s ? Geht so und ich bin fröhlich…

Bon, vous avez dû le comprendre, je vais apprendre l’allemand !!

Pour la petite histoire, j’avais commencé l’allemand en 2015 quand je faisais ma L3-LEA à l’Université d’Angers. Nous avions accès à plusieurs cours de langues gratuits selon notre emploi du temps. Alors je me suis inscrite en cours d’allemand. C’est une langue qui m’a toujours intriguée surtout à cause de l’Histoire de l’Allemagne en générale. J’ai effectué énormément de recherches sur ce pays, son peuple etc. et j’en suis tombée amoureuse, j’ai été particulièrement émue par la force et le courage des allemands durant plusieurs périodes de l’Histoire, la volonté de préserver leur identité, leur culture, ce qui est propre et inné à l’être humain. J’ai arrêté de voir l’allemand comme étant la “langue du diable” mais plutôt une langue comme une autre. J’apprécie surtout la puissance que dégage chaque intonation et chaque mot, c’est une langue forte et je dois la parler.

Tout comme le chinois, je vais continuer cet apprentissage par moi-même, toujours avec la même méthode: maximiser l’écoute de Podcasts, chansons, films/séries, travailler régulièrement le vocabulaire et la grammaire, développer mes acquis avec des applications telles que Busuu ou Lingo Play (que je présenterai dans un prochain article). Pour ce faire, il me fallait trouver un site MOOC un peu comme celui que j’utilise en chinois (cours-de-chinois.com). J’ai longtemps cherché mais je pense que Dieu voulait que je termine d’abord mon HSK 3 en chinois avant de me lancer en allemand pour éviter le découragement et le manque de discipline. A peine j’avais terminé mon entraînement pour le HSK 3 que je tombais sur le site deutsch.info , c’était comme dans un rêve ! Je ne pouvais même pas imaginer qu’un site comme ça existait, j’avais un peu perdu espoir à force de chercher… La fois de plus était la bonne, comme quoi, il ne faut jamais baisser les bras!

C’est un site ERASMUS+ financé grâce au soutien de la Commission Européenne. Il est dédié à l’apprentissage de l’Allemand et propose des informations qui s’adressent à ceux qui souhaitent vivre et travailler en Allemagne ou en Autriche. On y trouve quatre cours complets de niveaux A1, A2, B1, B2 avec des exercices interactifs et des supports audiovisuels, les règles de la grammaire allemande illustrée par des exemples et un contenu multimédia dans Médiathèque offrant de nombreux textes authentiques ainsi que des matériels audio et vidéo en allemand.

Comment ça marche? Il suffit juste de vous créer un compte avec votre adresse mail, de choisir un pseudo et voilààà! Totalement gratuit, pas de “mais” ou de “in-app purchase”, tout est gratuit et pour une durée indéterminée. Je vous invite donc à le découvrir très vite. Le plus important c’est la discipline, même si c’est 2 minutes par jour, c’est toujours un bon début et vous ne pourrez que progresser. Ce conseil est valable pour toutes les langues !

iChinese

Bonjour à vous !

J’espère que vous avancez bien dans l’apprentissage de vos langues respectives. En ce qui me concerne, c’est l’extase totale parce que je viens de finir de préparer l’examen écrit du HSK 3, je vais pouvoir me concentrer sur le perfectionnement de mon écriture et aussi préparer l’examen oral HSKK niveau 1.

Pour se faire, j’aimerais aujourd’hui vous présenter une application très efficace pour vous entraîner et vous mettre en situation d’examen du HSK. Cette application s’appelle iChinese. En effet, quand je me suis inscrite l’année dernière pour passer les niveaux HSK 1 et HSK 2, le centre d’examen de Paris m’a envoyé le lien de l’application par mail. C’était une excellente idée et à force de m’entraîner, j’avais pu avoir 199/200 points au niveau HSK 2(cf photo). Pour le HSK 3 qui est sur 300 points, j’aimerais obtenir le maximum de points.

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iChinese nous donne l’opportunité de nous inscrire à des mock-exams avec les mêmes exigences que l’examen officiel, dont les questions tirées des différentes leçons du niveau, les mots de la liste du niveau à connaître par coeur, la durée. Vous passez l’examen et à la fin vous avez les résultats avec les points détaillés selon l’exercice (reading, listening, writing). Avant tout il vous faut ouvrir un compte, enfin comme toutes les applications de nos jours. En ce qui concerne celle-ci, je pense qu’il faut recevoir une invitation du centre mais bon vous pouvez toujours essayer. Quoiqu’il en soit, si vous êtes sur le point de passer cet examen, vous allez certainement recevoir ce lien.

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En tout cas, je suis plus que satisfaite de l’application et la recommande à 200% à tous ceux qui apprennent le chinois et ce à n’importe quel niveau. J’ai pu me tester dès que j’ai terminé d’étudier le niveau 3 et le résultat est:

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Je pense que mon objectif est atteint, il ne reste plus qu’à être prête pour l’oral parce que ce n’est pas tout de comprendre, lire et écrire, il faut aussi parler. Mais pour cette partie, j’ai les dramas/films, les Podcasts et les applis, croyez-moi ça fonctionne très bien. JE vais m’enregistrer à l’aide de mon dictaphone et je posterai un fichier audio de moi parlant en chinois, ça sera un exercice très intéressant!

Física o Química

Dans cette série, le téléspectateur assiste au quotidien d’un lycée espagnol, le lycée Zurbarán, selon le point de vue de jeunes enseignants. Les appréhensions des personnages principaux au sujet de leur nouveau travail d’éducateurs, les conflits et interactions entre les professeurs et leurs élèves, ainsi que les premières amours des étudiants sont décrits au cours des épisodes de cette série.

(Source:Wikipedia)

Un paso adelante

The show focuses on the professors and the students of “Carmen Arranz”, one of the most prestigious art schools in Spain. The school is located in Madrid. The story follows Lola, Pedro, Rober, Jero, Ingrid, Silvia and Marta. They want to be successful singers, dancers and actors but they learn as they go along that the path to fame is not an easy one.

(Source:Wikipedia)

Pretty Li Hui Zhen 漂亮的李慧珍

Release date: January, 2017

Main lead: Dilraba Dilmurat (Li Hui Zhen), Peter Sheng (Bai Hao Yu)

Li Huizhen was a pretty girl when she was young, but years of hardship have taken a toll on her physical appearance. Her childhood friend, Bai Haoyu was short and chubby, but grew up to be successful and attractive. 12 years later, Haoyu tracks down Huizhen to reconnect with her. They decided to meet, but Haoyu was unable to recognize Huizhen. Embarrassed by her looks and situation, Huizhen sends her stylish best friend, Xia Qiao to appear in her place. Things turn complicated when Huizhen lands an internship at a fashion magazine company she’s been wanting to get into, and finds out that Haoyu is her new boss. Not knowing her true identity, Haoyu openly berates her clumsy nature. Meanwhile, Huizhen’s colleague, Lin Yimu falls in love with her, and Xia Qiao also begin to develop feelings for Haoyu.

Source: Wikipedia

My comment?

Same old Same old, if you’ve been reading my posts about some american love stories that I really loved, then you will find some similarities here… Hui Zhen and Baoyu, the kind of love that I used to yearn for, they met each other in primary school, they fell in love and parted ways then Baoyu come back and looks for Hui Zhen… It’s a bit like the popular american TvShow Ugly Betty, the ugly assistant working in a Fashion Magazine or again the German version with Lisa Plenske. How is this story different? Well, I will mention the BEST FRIEND Xiao Qiao who is beautiful, rich and a fashion killer. Baoyu mistook her for Hui Zhen because of a physical appearance, let’s be honest have you seen the real Hui Zhen? (cf photos) Hui Zhen was so embarrassed as the little fatty boy turned out to be this handsome and remarkable man, she couldn’t face him… so she asked Xiao Qiao to take her place as Hui Zhen and get rid of Baoyu.

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Xiao Qiao (right), Hui Zhen (left)

As the story unfolds, Xiao Qiao starts to fall in love with him and he starts to fall in love with the real Hui Zhen, the clumsy and ugly assistant. This story wa so cute and what I found cuter is that Hui Zhen may not be rich or beautiful, she has a kind heart, she is positive about her life and has hope. She neither envy nor hate her best friend even when Xiao Qiao starts to fall in love with Baoyu and sees him without telling her the truth…

 

Have you been Notebooked? I have…

Sometimes we need to be apart to understand just how much we love each other

The Notebook

Lately I felt the need to write about this movie. Actually I didn’t want to be cliché or else whatsoever but honestly I’m in love with Love itself so naturally I had to mention this movie on my Website: The Notebook. I first heard of it while watching the TvShow One Tree Hill in which I also learned the expression “to be notebooked” or “to have been notebooked”, basically someone who cries during the movie. Let’s have a little introduction from Wikipedia and then I will give you my thoughts…

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Release date: September 8, 2004

Actors: Ryan Gosling (Noah Calhoun) and Rachel McAdams (Allison Hamilton)

At a modern-day nursing home, an elderly man, Duke, reads a romantic story from his notebook to a fellow patient.In 1940, Seabrook Island, South Carolina, poor quarry worker Noah Calhoun sees 17-year-old heiress Allison “Allie” Hamilton at a carnival and they have a summer love affair. Noah takes Allie to an abandoned house that he intends to buy for them. They try to make love for the first time, but are interrupted by Noah’s friend Fin with the news that Allie’s parents have the police looking for her.When Allie and Noah return to her parents’ mansion, Allie’s mother Anne calls Noah trash and they ban her from seeing Noah. Noah walks out and Allie chases after him. They have an ensuing argument and break up. The next morning, Anne announces that the family is returning home to Charleston. Allie attempts to contact Noah, but is unable to find him, so she asks Fin to tell Noah that she loves him. When Noah gets the message he rushes to Allie’s home, only to find the house gated up and empty.Noah writes to Allie every day for a year but Anne intercepts the letters such that they never reach Allie. Noah enlists with Fin to fight in World War II, where Fin is killed in battle. Allie volunteers in a hospital for wounded soldiers, where she meets captain Lon Hammond Jr., a young lawyer who comes from old Southern money. After a few years being together, the two become engaged, to the delight of Allie’s parents.When Noah returns from the war, his father has sold their home so that Noah can buy the abandoned house. While visiting Charleston, Noah witnesses Allie and Lon kissing at a restaurant; he convinces himself that if he restores the house, Allie will come back to him. Later, while Allie is being fitted for her wedding dress, Allie is startled to see in the newspaper that Noah has completed the house to the specifications she made years before.After Allie asks permission from Lon to take a little trip before the wedding, Allie returns to Seabrook to find Noah living in the restored house. The two renew their relationship and make love. Several days later, Anne appears in the morning on Noah’s doorstep to warn Allie that Lon has followed her to Seabrook. Anne reveals that, in her youth, she had been in love with a lower-class young man and was still thinking about him; Anne then gives Allie the letters that Noah wrote to her as an admission that she had hidden them from Allie. Subsequently, Allie confesses to Lon that she had spent time with Noah, and eventually returns to her relationship with Noah.In the present narrative, it is revealed that the elderly woman is dementia-stricken Allie, Duke is actually Noah and that he had been told by Allie during the early stages of her illness to reread their journals to help her recall her past. She briefly remembers Noah but soon forgets. Her ensuing panic forces medical personnel to sedate her. Noah suffers a heart attack and is sent to the hospital while Allie is sent to a dementia ward in the same hospital. Noah visits Allie’s room in the middle of the night causing her to remember him again and proceeds to remind her of her illness, though he reassures her that they can do anything with the love they share. While sleeping, both Noah and Allie pass away and a nurse discovers them in the morning.

Well, isn’t it the most beautiful story ever? probably not but it depends on the kind of love stories you are craving for. As far as I’m concern, I’ve always wanted to meet my husband at a young age and grow old with him but Life is so unpredictable, you can’t really know what’s going to happen. My last relationship four years ago was entirely based on that idea, I don’t think I was in love with him when I come to think about it, I think I was in love with the idea of him, of us having known each other in High school and reunited years later. We lived together for a year and a half and we broke up because we weren’t meant to be together, we were too different and expected different things from life: I want to be a Conference Interpreter and travel the World and he just wanted to live a simple life in the countryside. Anyway, it might have been the most difficult time of my life, seriously, I didn’t know I could suffer that much; four years later I’m still single because I can’t imagine going through something similar, and I don’t know what I want. People don’t really show their real intentions when coming at you and I don’t want to waste my energy on someone just because I don’t want to be alone. I’ve been there and now I have more self-love and respect for myself to not fall back into these traps. This movie helped me not to give up on Love, I still believe in Love.

Allison and Noah were meant to be together, they had a strong connection from the beginning and it wasn’t just sexually or physically, it was mentally and in every possible ways. They were best friends, they played together, they were young and they weren’t trying to pretend to be anyone else in front of each other. It was them against the whole World. Even when her mother tried to marry her off to a rich and handsome military officer, Noah was still Noah seven years later ! The kind of Love you can only see on TV.

Had I ever known this kind of Love with a capital “L”? I had… When I was very young, he was my first love actually. Funny thing is, he was in love with a friend of mine for a long time but she didn’t know it and at that time I was just fooling around with him, nothing serious, I wasn’t even trying to get him to fall for me or anything, it just happened. I was 11-12 years old at the time in Ivory Coast, it was before I move to France. I used to stay at my uncle’s house to be with my cousins’ because my dad was busy so it was more convenient for me not to be alone. He was my cousins’ neighbour and his sister was a good friend of my older cousin. Long story short, it was a bit complicated, me moving to France, having a new Life, meeting new boys and people etc, like I just said before Life is unpredictable and it failed ! Actually, I don’t even know if we had anything, in fact we never discussed about anything, let’s just say we weren’t meant to be together because I feel like some things were left unsaid, there’s a big question mark but we’ve grown up, we have our lives and I’m happy if he’s doing good so leave it in the past. Anyway, that was the first time I thought I would be with someone my whole life at such a young age, yearning for an Allison and Noah kind of love…

But what is love anyway? I mean do we actually love honestly or are we driven by the ideas that Society brings about all the time through movies and ads etc? I actually try to understand Love but I can’t put myself to find the exact answer so I thought about the kind of love that I would like to encounter if I happen to fall in love again in this lifetime… I think I would like to be pursued, courted, and how is that? I might sound a bit corny but a guy who offers gifts, flowers, knows exactly what you like and put in the efforts to be accepted by you because he knows your worth. This is the kind of relationship I would like to find, not the ego-based one in which you never communicate and it’s always about who’s going to take the initiative. My idea of love is very simple: destiny can’t be forced, if you are meant to be with someone, just be patient, he will come eventually and if he doesn’t, well, being by yourself is not a shame, Life has so much to offer !