There are loads of different ways of improving your French. We all learn differently, but as we grow older, one of the greatest blocks to learning is memory. We  find it more and more difficult to remember grammar and vocabulary —-and yet many of us can still sing along to new songs heard just a handful of time – and remember the tune and the words!

Here’s another in the ’SING IT’ series……as usual, you are sure to recognise the tune.


Most people have heard ‘White Christmas’ at some time in their lives. This 1942 Irving Berlin originally sung by Bing Crosby is the world’s best-selling single and one of the most covered songs of all time, also interpreted by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Supremes, Lady Gaga, Jessie J, The Drifters, Bette Midler, and many others.

Of course there is a French version adapted by Francis Blanche and interpreted by a whole host of French and international singers, amongst whom Tino Rossi, Gérard Lenorman, Eddy Mitchell, Céline Dion, Dalida, Sacha Distel….

LISTEN

(Check out a little bit of useful vocab at the end…..but mainly  the vocabulary is repetitive and pretty easy to follow!)

Oh ! quand j’entends chanter Noël
J’aime revoir mes joies d’enfant
Le sapin scintillant, la neige d’argent
Noël mon beau rêve blanc

Oh ! quand j’entends sonner au ciel
L’heure où le bon vieillard descend
Je revois tes yeux clairs, Maman
Et je songe à d’autres Noëls blancs

La nuit est pleine de chants joyeux
Le bois craque dans le feu
La table est déjà garnie
Tout est prêt pour mes amis
Et j’attends l’heure où ils vont venir
En écoutant tous mes souvenirs

Oh ! quand j’entends chanter Noël
J’aime revoir mes joies d’enfant
Le sapin scintillant, la neige d’argent
Noël mon beau rêve blanc

Oh ! quand j’entends sonner au ciel
L’heure où le bon vieillard descend
Je revois tes yeux clairs, Maman
Et je songe à d’autres Noëls blancs
Je revois tes yeux clairs, Maman
Et je songe à d’autres Noëls blancs

Je revois tes yeux clairs, Maman
Et je songe à d’autres Noëls blancs

USEFUL VOCAB

Le sapin scintillant – the shimmering pine
le bon vieillard – the good old man (Santa)
Je revois tes yeux clairs – I see your bright eyes
garnie – decorated

MORE IN THE ‘SING IT’ SERIES

SING IT – The Windmills of Your Mind
SING IT – My Way
SING IT – Runaway
SING IT – If you go away’

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