"Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. It has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. In measurements, the building is 108 metres long across the front, 120 metres deep (including the central quadrangle) and 24 metres high.
The Palace is very much a working building and the centrepiece of Britain’s constitutional monarchy. It houses the offices of those who support the day-to-day activities and duties of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh and their immediate family. The Palace is also the venue for great Royal ceremonies, State Visits and Investitures, all of which are organised by the Royal Household.” (♔)
Bonjour. I hope to share my experiences here as I learn French and experience other cultures. My other vlog is:
French club, French class.
My french professor is amazing! I learned so much in our last French class. She always makes learning french fun. For example, to help us remember not to pronounce the ending letters of T, D, or S s she always says “no STDs! We do not want STDs!” Since we’re all beginners, we sometimes still slip up and pronounce them so it’s always funny to hear her say this. Along with attending Alliance Francaise I also attend my college’s French Club. The French club is not as interesting sometimes, but the people are fun especially this professor also. We always have free (french) food during our meetings, so I’m a regular! This week I got a lot of French in. I have Alliance Francaise every Thursday and French Club at college every Friday.
This is a very interesting movie. It was actually filmed on location in the Palace of Versailles. It’s a fly on the wall perspective of the final days of Marie Antoinette but mostly shows the chaos that ensued among the others that were on site of the Palace of Versailles shortly before the Revolution.
I’m constantly searching for new films or tv series to watch, preferably historical drama or historical action and less romance. I’ve seen Amélie, Jeanne d’Arc (Jovovich), Les Choristes, & Midnight in Paris already. My professor recommended me to watch “Ridicule” but it looks like a romance film.
Edit: I watched Ridicule. It is not really a romance although it has a few storylines. It’s more of a comedy of sorts, regardless I feel like it does not translate well in English (using the film’s captions.) The film involves many jokes but are often a play of words in French.
Even with subtitles, I didn’t really get the punchline but it’s still cool. It takes place once again at Versailles ironically, but this time 6 years before the revolution. From what I could understand Versailles has not yet been built and it shows what the process was like among the lower class that had to work in the swamps. It is a fun movie to watch also.
I have recently started my classes at the local Alliance Française. I am about 3 weeks in. I really enjoy the classes and the staff is very nice. My professor is from Switzerland and has shared a lot of good advice.
Edit: My professor is not from Switzerland but she was raised bilingual (I think) and spent some time in Switzerland. She is originally born in New York but still is very fluent and knowledgeable.
Alliance Française de Portland. My class meets once a week. I wish the meetings were more frequent & longer, the class time is only 3 hours. The age ranges from all around but mostly older. There are about 7 of us in the class. I am the youngest at 25. I represent 1 out of the two men in the class. Also out of the 7 students, about three are retired and of the 7, two will be living in Paris by the end of the year. One person in my class is from Canada and my professor is also a school teacher who doubles as a linguistics professor from Switzerland. We have some people also from other countries that come in to help the staff. It’s a very interesting environment and always feels like I’m stepping into a portal to a different place. The classes are not boring like it can be in a university and I always leave feeling like I’ve learned something new each class.