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I was tagged to do the accent challenge in both English and French ! So I did both on the same vid ! 

Please forgive my mistakes in English… XD 

  • What is your name and/or username?
  • Where are you from?
  • Pronounce the following words: theatre, iron, salmon, caramel, fire, water, new orleans, furniture, both, again, probably, alabama, lawyer, coupon, mayonnaise, caught, naturally, envelope, twitter, new york, crayon, tumblr
  • How would you address a group of two or more people?
  • What would you call a sale of unwanted items on your porch, in your yard, etc.?
  • What do you call a sweetened carbonated beverage?
  • What do you call your grandparents?
  • What do you call gym shoes?
  • Choose a book and read a paragraph from it.
  • Do you speak a second language? Say something in it.
  • End the post by saying any 3 words you want.

And in French : 

Mots: arrête, chocolat, poteau, baleine, bonheur, matin, soir, patte, pâte, cantaloup, zoo, âge, chat, français, tempête, google, lacets, quelqu’un, j’aurai, j’aurais

1. Qu’est-ce que tu utilises pour contrôler la télévision? 
2. Qu’est-ce que tu utilises pour te moucher le nez?
3. Comment s’appelle ce que tu utilises pour envoyer des textos?
4. Comment appelles-tu les véhicules sur les routes?
5. Comment appelles-tu les machines pour boire de l’eau dans les endroits publics?
6. Comment appelles-tu le ruban qui sert à coller des trucs?
7. Où peux-tu acheter de la nourriture? 
8. Où peux-tu acheter des vêtements?
9. Comment appelles-tu ceci?
10. Comment appelles-tu un chapeau que l’on porte l’hiver?
11. Comment appelles-tu les sandales que l’on porte pour aller à la plage?
12. Que peux-tu faire pour ne pas que tes cheveux soient bouclés ou ondulés?
13. Comment appelles-tu le fait de manquer volontairement des cours?
14. Comment appelles-tu le sport dans lequel on marque des buts en envoyant le ballon dans le filet adverse?
15. Comment appelles-tu le sport dans lequel on marque des «touchdowns»?
16. Lis un passage d’un livre de ton choix.

I tag anyone who wants to do it ! 

emclouzet:

So I’m like, a real ginger now.

emclouzet:

So I’m like, a real ginger now.

dearmazarine:

Regardez, je suis dans “Déjà Tout Petit” sur Yagg ! :D 

:D 

Why are strechmarks one of your turn ons? Why do you find it attractive?

Anonymous

Because it’s like Braille on someone’s skin. Like tattoos, scars, beauty spots… You can feel them under your touch, it’s someone’s story, someone’s lively body and I think it’s damn cool. It always frustrates me when I make love to a girl that has no “accidents” on her skin, when it’s too perfect, everywhere. Of course it’s nice to have a perfect body, but I find it even more perfect when there are hidden treasures like that. It’s like… you’re cuddling, you’re caressing her and at some point you feel a little something under your fingers that reminds you that you’re not having sex with an empty doll but a soul trapped in a body. It’s like opening a good old book. You open them and you have the smell, the sound of your fingers on the paper, the little ink flaws, some creased pages and that’s what makes the magic of reading. It adds another dimension to your pleasure. 

 

 

29, 85 et 91

Anonymous

29 - How is your heart lately?
 

Uh….En jachère xD 

85 - What was your first kiss like?
Very passionate actually. I was dating this girl “virtually” for about 6 months (we weren’t able to meet before, I was minor and living in Toulouse, she was living near Paris) and she had doubts about us since we couldn’t meet. I still was in the closet but I decided to come out to my aunt (the only person I trusted) and she paid for a  flight to Paris so I could spend ONE day in Paris (So my mom wouldn’t find out I was flying to Paris > we told her we went shopping downtown xD). So I went to spend 7 hours only with her. We just couldn’t kiss each other, we were so fucking shy, we barely could touch each other without crying. When we came back to the airport, we had like 10 minutes left before the last call for my flight. I figured it was now or never and I kissed the shit out of her, right on the parking lot of the airport. The 10 minutes flew faster than I thought it would, and when I reached the main desk, my name was already flashing on and off in red letters on the airport’s screens xD What a day.. 

91 - Your earliest memory?

I remember talking to my parents about my wish to become France’s president, during a day at the beach  haha! 

 

65. 3 favorite TV shows? (3 FR & 3 US/UK parce que ça pique ma curiosité)


Glee, That 70’s show, The L word / Kaamelott, H, Scènes de Ménage

:)

2 , 21 and 100 ! :)

Anonymous


2 - What if I told you that you were pretty?

Hahah shut up 

21 - Have you kissed three or more people in one night?
 
I only kissed people I dated and I’m highly monogamous so no xD 

100 - 3 things you’d like to do before you die?
Visit the USA, find my soulmate, carry kids for her. 

Thanks !! 

salut demande 01


Haha !  

  1.  Do you miss anyone? 

Yes, my ex. I miss her like… tons. I’d pretty much give everything I have for her to call me back, which is kinda sad but whatever xDD 

105. Have you ever had sex with somebody you weren’t dating?

Anonymous

Nope. I highly doubt I could do that actually. 

Political rant

Considering the political mess France has been for the past year, I think my political vews drastically changed. I feel like France is upside down, and I truly don’t know who to trust anymore. But in the meantime, lots of politicians got their real face revealed and it also feels like a huge cleaning session has started. The problem is that I sense that the so-called political crisis happening right now is just the beginning of something much worse. Or better, depends on your point of view.
Personally, I used to vote on the right wing, because I believe(d?) keeping a certain tradition would be the key to sail through the financial crisis. But I must admit my party literally disgusted me. It’s disgusting because the UMP was standing only because of one man, that is Sarkozy. Now he’s gone, everything falling apart like dominos. There is not a single man or woman out there that is confident, that has a real political proposition to keep France strong. Not a single one. They keep telling things, tell the contrary two weeks later, blame the Socialists whatever they do. They’re pissed at the Socialists because they say they don’t listen to the French. Said those who let protests and riots happen over and over again and proudly announce that they “won’t listen to the street to maintain our direction”. Lolz. Just… LOLZ. They also blame the Socialists because of the financial crisis. Hollande is in charge for just a little more than a year and they keep teeling he’s responsible for everything that happens. That’s true in some way, but they seem to forget that Hollande is managing with what he inherited last May : a complete mess. Last government tried not to raise the taxes but in the meantime, our deficit was getting more and more abyssal. They let the French believe everything was sort of okay, that they’d manage and the French were quite okay with it. But we don’t create money and everything has a cost. Now, the new government is forced to keep raising the taxes, we literally have no other choice, and the French are mad.
Yesterday, they raise the taxes for the richier families (+6500€ of monthly income) with children who previously had a discount on their taxes. 74% of the French don’t agree with that tax change and pretend that it’s always the same “middle class” people paying for all. Excuse me, but when you get 6500€ per month, you can pay more taxes (68€ more per month). I keep hearing families on the radio or on TV whinning about that tax, with a posh accent or wearing obvious expensive brands. When you can buy yourself a Vuitton bag at 3000€ to 7000€, you can pay 68€ a month. At some point, how the French are supposed to be taken seriously by the government if all the French can do is try to steal the more they can while they obviously don’t need it? I’m not trying to bash rich families at all, I’m just saying that we’re all supposed to make an effort. I lost my financial aid for youth (300€ per month!) because my annual income is 100€ higher than the legal level so I’m considered like making too much money (LOLZ). I make 5 times less money than them and they’re whinning about 68€ ?!!!!!
I’m really starting to lose faith in the French and its government. How a decent government is supposed to do with people whinning for 68 fucking euros when we have a billions debt we all contributed to. So maybe Hollande isn’t the most confident and charismatic man, but at least he’s not lying to the French. I don’t particularly like him but at least his government makes more money than the previous one. The problem is that since the French are pissed that their taxes are being raised, I’m afraid they’ll call back the previous government or worse, they’ll want the extremists. And we’d be in for another vicious circle…

Personally what American social positions are most confusing?

Anonymous

The president swearing on the Bible for the presidential inauguration actually shocks me. To me, governing and Church are two completely different things. Using a specific religion feels quite discriminating to me. If I was a non-Christian American yet believing in another religion, I think I’d feel hurt in my citizenship that my president swears on a religion that is not mine. I’d rather have him swearing on all religions/no religion at all than just one specifically.

Abstinence taught to teens. I think it’s shocking to tell kids/teens that abstinence is the only proper way to deal with their sexuality until marriage. It’s shocking because everybody knows that kids don’t care at all about what is “proper” and what is not. We all had/have feelings, we have attractions, desires and I believe it’s foolish to pretend they don’t exist and consequently refuse sexual education. I prefer when kids/teens know all the possibilities they have about contraception and on a second level, abortions.

What's your favorite French tradition? PS: I really like you, Em! You're doing a great job here on tumblr!

Anonymous

I’m a bit religious so I’d say “crossing the bread”, meaning you make a cross with the tip of your knife on the bread’s back before cutting it. You don’t actually “draw” a cross, it’s just a gesture, you just scrape it to make a scraping sound while crossing. It means you’re blessing the bread so symbolically, you’re asking for Jesus’s forgiveness for “stabbing” him/cutting his flesh (the bread being the symbol of Jesus’s flesh for non-religious followers). You don’t cross when you’re cutting the bread with your bare hands, it’s just when you use an object to do so. I grew up making it naturally because nobody at home questionned religion but it kept doing it as an adult because I think it’s respectful and sweet :)

Another cute one is “Les Catherinettes” http://awesomefrench.tumblr.com/tagged/catherinettes