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Hi everybody! Candice here. Welcome to Ask a Teacher, where I'll answer your most common French questions.
The question for this lesson is What are bandes dessinées?
Bandes dessinées are comics and they are an important part of French culture. France has the third largest comic book market in the world, after the US and Japan. In fact, BDs are often called le neuvième art or “the ninth art.” Unlike American comics, which are usually funny or just for kids, French BDs can be about almost any subject and for any age.
Bandes dessinées are also a great way to improve your French, since many are targeted to children. You may already know some. It should be noted that a lot of these BDs were made by Belgian authors. Les BDs Franco-Belges are comics that are made for French and Belgian audiences. Because they share the same language, they often share comics as well.
Les aventures de Tintin or “The Adventures of Tintin” is a famous comic about a young detective, his dog, and his strange friends. Astérix is a funny series about Gauls resisting the Romans. And “the Smurfs”, or as they’re known in France, Les Schtroumpfs, were created in Belgium. A more recent comic is Le Bleu est une couleur chaude. It was recently made into the film “Blue is the Warmest Color”. Persepolis is another recent bande dessinée about a girl growing up during the Iranian Revolution.
So if you want to improve your French, try reading bandes dessinées. It’ll help you with French grammar, vocab, and culture.
Pretty neat, right?
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A bientôt, see you soon!