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1.

Les Courses [electronic resource]: Shopping

This program shows viewers how to talk about buying food, from baked goods, to vegetables, to cooked meats. In addition, viewers are introduced to the research center director at a major frozen foods company and to chocolate connoisseurs at the highly exclusive Club des Croqueurs de Chocolat, whose 150 members have assembled for their annual dinner.
Online
1994
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Loisirs [electronic resource]: Leisure

Reading, taking a walk, going to the movies, watching TV, playing sports - this program shows viewers how to talk about what they like to do in their spare time. And because floral gardening is of such great interest to the French, the video follows the fortunes of Autretot, a pastoral village northwest of Rouen, in its efforts to win the designation of "Quatre-Fleurs Ville Fleurie" from the National Committee for the Flowering of France.
Online
1994
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Langues et Pays [electronic resource]: Languages and Homelands

In this program, everyday people in Quebec, Guadeloupe, and Senegal describe their homelands, tell what languages in addition to French are spoken there, and explain some of the benefits of being a Francophone-a part of a global community that binds together some 50 countries. The video also spotlights the Senegalese village of Enampore and its tourism industry and looks at how Quebecois have creatively coined words to replace English words for which there was previously no translation.
Online
1996
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Identites [electronic resource]: Identity

Mon pere est d'origine Africaine. "Ma mere est nee en Guadeloupe." In this program, everyday people talk about their roots: where their ancestors came from, how long they themselves have lived in a particular place, and what it means to them to be from Senegal, Quebec, and the French overseas region of Guadeloupe. In addition, the video travels to the House of Slaves freedom museum on Senegal's Goree Island and to Guadeloupe, where a mixture of races, religions, and traditions have fused, over the centuries, into a vibrant Caribbean Creole culture.
Online
1996
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Argent [electronic resource]: Money

In this program, Guadeloupeans, Senegalese, and Quebecois talk about how they spend their money-and what they might do if they ever win a fortune! The video also shows how to pay a hotel bill and how to haggle over a purchase. In addition, Senegalese artisans in Dakar who turn junk into fashionable briefcases and cloth scraps into keepsake quilts are profiled, and a sugarcane plantation on Guadeloupe's island of Grande-Terre is spotlighted.
Online
1996
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Environnements [electronic resource]: Weather and the Environment

In this program, Quebecois talk about the severe winter weather of Montreal and Guadeloupeans recall what it was like to live through Hurricane Hugo. The video also spotlights the "enchanted island" children's project on Guadeloupe's tranquil Terre-de-Bas and visits Montreal's winter-defying underground city, a perpetually temperate world beneath the urban surface-miles of pavement where thousands of "storm swallowers" work around the clock to clear away tons and tons of snow.
Online
1996
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Metiers [electronic resource]: Professions

In this program, everyday people from Quebec, Guadeloupe, and Senegal talk about what they do for a living, how long they have been doing it, what types of training they have had, and the advantages and disadvantages of having to work. In addition, the video profiles a French Canadian who left an office job in Quebec to work in the wild as an adventure guide and a renowned pair of photographers who have traveled the world to capture its breathtaking beauty on film.
Online
1996
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Generations et Traditions [electronic resource]: Generations and Traditions

In this program, children explain how they help around the house, list things they are forbidden to do, and tell what irritates them about their parents, while adults frankly discuss ways in which children are different from when they themselves were young. The video also examines the tension between tradition and change in Senegal through the story of a group of women who have succeeded in establishing their own fish processing business and the story of a young businessman who, as a religious leader's son, accepts that he will at some point have to give up his work to succeed his father.
Online
1996
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Transports et Voyages [electronic resource]: Transportation and Travel

In this program, a driver in Senegal phones in a rental car breakdown, a Canadian traveler reports a piece of lost luggage, and a couple in Quebec rent a pair of snowmobiles. In addition, the video spotlights three unusual forms of locomotion that have helped tame the Canadian winter: an air taxi on the Isle-aux-Grues that transports residents and freight to and from the mainland; specialized canoes that ferry residents of the ice-locked island when weather grounds the air taxi; and the ubiquitous snowmobile, invented in Quebec and used throughout the world.
Online
1996
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Societes [electronic resource]: Societies and Their Languages

Should Creole be on an equal footing with French in Guadeloupe? Should Quebec, Canada's French-speaking province, be a sovereign country? In this program, Guadeloupeans and Quebecois give their opinions and defend their different points of view on language-related issues that touch upon the core identities of their societies. The video also considers the divergent views of the formerly nomadic Montagnais people of Quebec as to whether the Innu reserve of Mani-Utenam is a true village or merely a corral for First Nations. Does a legal document define a village, or does its strong sense of community?
Online
1996
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Bon Appétit [electronic resource]: Food and Drink

The French spend about two hours a day at the dining table - almost six years of their lives! This program shows viewers how to make a reservation at a restaurant as well as how to order a quick lunch and a complete dinner. The video also travels to Strasbourg for "La Journée du Goût" - a day when chefs visit schools to educate children's palates - and a visit to a family-run wine pub known as a winstub.
Online
1994
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Forme et Sante [electronic resource]: Health and Fitness

This program covers how to talk about ways of staying healthy, how to ask a pharmacist for advice when one is ill, and how to make a dental appointment. In addition, the video spotlights Bagnères-de-Luchon, a spa town in the Pyrenees known since Roman times for its beneficial waters, and Médecins Sans Frontières, the humanitarian aid organization recognized in the U.S. as Doctors Without Borders.
Online
1994
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Au Travail [electronic resource]: Working Life

This program shows viewers how to talk in detail about one's work and how to set up a business meeting. The video also profiles a fruit producer who runs a farm near Reims that has been in existence since 1540 and a volunteer with Les Restos du Cœur, a charitable organization that distributes food packages and hot meals to people in financial distress.
Online
1994
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Plaire et Seduire [electronic resource]: Couples, Dating, and Buying Clothes

The history of Parisian culture is one long love story. In this program, everyday people describe their significant other's physical characteristics and personality, set up a date, and express their opinions while clothes-shopping. In addition, controversial fashion designer Chantal Thomass, who made a name for herself creating super-sexy lingerie, is profiled, along with the master perfumer, or "nose," of Jean Patou Paris's fragrance division.
Online
1994
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Par Tous les Temps [electronic resource]: Sports and Weather

In the world of small talk, sports and weather rule. This program covers how to discuss them both through interviews with a meteorologist who travels with the Tour de France and mountain rescue police personnel who risk their lives to save climbers who have gotten into trouble. The video also features everyday people who tell what sports they enjoy and why they like to engage in them.
Online
1994
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Voyages [electronic resource]: Travel and Vacations

In this program, everyday people talk about things common to taking a trip: destinations, directions, and - sacre bleu! - getting the car repaired. In addition, the video profiles an octogenarian taking her maiden voyage in a hot air balloon and a group of students traveling the Canal du Midi via houseboat as they study the architecture and history of the region.
Online
1994
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Langues et Travail [electronic resource]: Foreign Languages and Work

Like the Eiffel Tower, the French consider their mother tongue a historical monument - and the languages beyond France's borders indispensable tools. This program spotlights the Dicos d'Or "Golden Dictionaries" national dictation contest while profiling an Alsatian electrician who goes to work each day in Germany. The video also features everyday people who talk about languages besides French that they know and demonstrate some gestures that commonly accompany the spoken word.
Online
1994
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Vacances [electronic resource]: Vacations

In this program, everyday people talk about things they like to do on vacation, such as windsurfing, wine-tasting, and - naturellement! - buying souvenirs! The video then moves off the beaten path to the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve in the Préalpes Françaises, where visitors can learn firsthand about the region's animals and plants, and to the "Eldorado of the Pyrenees" to pan for gold on the Salat River with a professional prospector.
Online
1994
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Culture [electronic resource]: Art and Culture

From the edgy architecture of the Grande Arche de la Défense to the priceless paintings that line the walls of the Musée d'Orsay, France spends a significant part of its national budget on culture. This program shows viewers how to voice an opinion - positive or negative - on French architecture, ask for information at a museum, and speak analytically about works by the great masters. Also, a performance of Molière's Le Malade Imaginaire at a comedy festival is spotlighted, while an apprentice stonemason assisting with the restoration of a 15th-century building is profiled.
Online
1994
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Les Couleurs de France [electronic resource]: Immigrants in France

Many people from all over the world call France their home. In this program, immigrants talk about where they are originally from, how long they have lived in France, what they like and dislike about life there, and what they miss most from their birth countries. In addition, the video spotlights North Africa through a segment on the importance of couscous in Parisian North African cuisine and a segment on how an Algerian family living in Strasbourg copes with the dynamics of having roots in two very different cultures.
Online
1994