Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Qui est-ce? C'est Colette.



In a fit of nostalgia I decided to Google the following:
Qui est-ce? C'est Colette.
Bonjour, Colette. Ça va?

Qui est-ce? C'est Colette.
Bonjour, Colette. Ça va?

Non, ça va mal.
Et toi? Comme ci comme ça.

Non, ça va mal.
Et toi? Comme ci comme ça.

I suppose people of a certain age who went to school in Ontario might remember this - it was a song, and one that was well-loved by both me and pretty much everyone else in my French class circa... er, grade 5 perhaps. But maybe not - Google returned zero results. That's the first time I've gotten zero results from Google in a long time now. It's strange to find a hole in the internet's knowledge, no matter how obscure. It's taken us barely any time at all to fill the internet with everything-we-know-about-everything. By now we're just applying the plaster over those tiny little holes. Soon enough you'll be able to get that song (and there was one about 'les animaux' that was pretty rockin') on iTunes, but until then, it remains a tiny scrap of memory available only in the human mind.

You can find reference to Zip, Zap, Zop and Zoup - scant reference on a blog or two - but precious little considering how many people learned French thanks to them. And not a single illustration, either - so in order to illustrate this blog entry I've had to go to the relatively way-more-popular Ananas from Téléfrançais.


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3 comments:

  1. I love this song, and I sing it to myself occasionally. Today I decided to look to see if there was a recording on youtube, and all I found was this (2nd result on google, after some irrelevant page that came up first). I guess it was just an Ontario French class thing !

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  2. Robert Zano anyone? C'est la maison de Robert Zano! Voici la soeur de Robert Zano. La Mere, le pere, la famille! I'm also amazed at the scarcity of these things on the internet!

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  3. Hey does anyone know anything about the workbooks for zip zap zoup? I can't seem to find them anywhere, and my friends grandmum publicshed them. Please email me at thomasmatheson 2 @gmail.com if you can find anything. No spaces

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