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Bonjour America

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FLAVA 2014
Foreign Language Association of Virginia

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Bonjour America

  1. 1. LS French play 2012: Bonjour America! Plot: French students coming to the US and going to an American school. F 1: French student who comes from Gap. Kind of geeky and annoying. F 2: French girl who lives in Gap as well. F 3: French student who lives in Paris. F 4: French student. Homesick. Misses French food. Lives with USP 3. US 1: American student at school who first doesn’t know where the Alps are and then pretends he/she knows all about it. Always goes to the bathroom when he is being challenged. US 2 (boy): American student who is well educated and tells people where and what things are. Kind of geeky. US 3: American student who is interested in knowing the French kids. Nice and social. US 4: American student who challenges US 1. Does not get along with US 1. US 5: American student confused about the twins. USP 1: American parent (parent of US 1). Pretends to know a lot and goes to the bathroom when being challenged. USP 2: Parent of US 2. Well educated. Just started learning French but has an excellent accent. USP 3: Mom of US 3. Impressed that US 2 speaks French so well. Takes his/her French student to a French restaurant. USP 4 (boy): Husband of USP 3 and dad of US 3. Interested in trying new items on the menu in a French restaurant. T 1 and T 2: French Twins: Always get confused. Drive the American students crazy because they don’t realize they are 2 of them. Create major confusion. Professeur: French teacher. Finds a mouse in the classroom while teaching. Student #1: First student to point out the mouse in the classroom. Mean student who actually placed the mouse in the classroom Student #2: Second student to see the mouse in the classroom. Gets sent out of the room. Works with étudiant #1, as an accomplice.
  2. 2. Directeur: School director who enters the classroom after the French teacher saw the mouse. Maître D: Host at the French restaurant. Serveur: Waiter at the French restaurant. Narrator: Introduces the play and makes the transitions between the scenes. Roles # of lines student substitute French student # 1 7 + 3 10 US parent # 1 French student # 2 7 + 8 15 US parent # 2 French student # 3 4 + 13 17 US parent # 3 French student # 4 8 + 5 13 US student # 4 US student # 1 8 + 8 16 Waiter US student # 2 (boy) 4 + 11 15 US parent # 4 (boy) US student # 3 10 + 6 16 Maître D US student # 4 5 + 7 12 Narrator US student # 5 15 + 2 17 Student class # 2 Twin # 1 7 + 5 12 French teacher Twin # 2 6 + 4 10 Student class # 1 US parent # 1 3 + 6 9 French student # 1 US parent # 2 8 + 6 14 French student # 2 US parent # 3 13 + 4 17 French student # 3 US parent # 4 (boy) 11 + 2 13 US student # 2 (boy) French teacher 5 + 6 11 US student # 1 Student class # 1 6 + 4 10 US student # 3 Student class # 2 3 + 8 11 French student # 4 School director 3 + 0 3 Mme. Boulle Maître D 6 + 7 13 Twin # 1 Waiter 8 + 6 14 Twin # 2 Narrator 7 + 5 12 US student # 5
  3. 3. PLAY: Bonjour America! Narrator: (Writtenby5th grade students) Have youeverbeenconfused,embarrassed,andthenfelt reallybadaboutit? Then maybe youwill sympathize withourAmericanstudentwhodoes not understandwhyhe hasto repeateverythinghe saystothislovelyFrenchstudentwhoisvisitingthe US. At school: 8:30am (twin scene) US 5: Hi! Welcome toour school. T 1: Merci! Thankyou! US 5: What’syour name? T1: Pardon? US 5: Your name? My name isTricia andyou? T1: Oh,je m’appelle Cécile. US 5 : Cicily ? T1 : Non,Cécile. US 5 : Well,welcome Cicily ! Todaywe are goingona fieldtrip. We are goingto visitMonticello. Do youknowabout ThomasJefferson? T1: (witha Frenchaccent) ThomasJefferson? Ohoui! He speaksFrenchverywell. US 5: You meanhe spoke Frenchverywell. Because Ican assure youhe isnot speakinganymore! T1: Oh,why not? US 5: Because he isdead! I am goingto get mybackpack, I’ll be rightback. (5 minuteslater) US 5: Ready? T2: Readyfor what? US 5: For our fieldtrip. T2: Where are we going? US 5: Monticello! ThomasJefferson... T2: Thomas Jefferson? Ohoui! He speaksFrenchverywell. US 5: He spokeFrench verywell. Remember,he isnotspeakinganymore! T2: Oh,why not? US 5: Because he isdead! T2: I go get backpack. US 5: (talkingtoUS 4 whojustarrived) Have youmetthe Frenchgirl? US 4: Whichone? US 5: Cicily!Browncurlyhair. US 4: Yeah. She is reallynice. Why? US 5: I thinkshe suffersfromshorttermmemory. US 4: Really? She seemsfinetome. Are yousure youare notthe one sufferingfromamental disease? Twin 1 and Twin 2: On y va? US 4 : On y va ! US 5 : (Staysbehind,confused,mouthopen...) __________________________
  4. 4. Narrator: (Writtenby5th grade students) If you wonderwhyyouhave to learnyourgeographywhenwe live inaworldwithGoogle mapsand GPS, it’sprobablysothat youwon’tmake a fool of yourself one day,like thisstudentwhoconfusesa Frenchcity fora store. Yes,that’sright,you heardme…I did say “a store”! Recess: 10:15am US 1: Where do youlive? F 1: J’habite àGap. US 1: Didyou justsay Gap? The store? F 1: Non,Gap dans lesAlpes! US 1: What’s« lesAlpes » ? US 2: The Alpsof course ! You know,the mountainsthatseparate France andSwitzerland. Everyone knowsthat! US 1: Yeah... I knewthat!... Iwas justchecking...youknow...see if youknew... US 2: Sure you were! Well,since youknow everythingaboutthe Alps,whydon’tyou tell usthe name of thatbig mountain? US 1: Heu… That’son the tipof my tongue. Itstarts withM like mountainof course. US 2: Good guess. It’scalledMontBlanc. It’sthe highestmountaininWesternEurope anditmeasures 4,810.45 m (15,782 ft). I assume the translation of Mont Blancis onthe tipof yourtongue as well. US 1: No! I actually know itandI wouldlove totell youbutright now,I have to go to the bathroom. See youtomorrow! __________________________ Narrator: (Writtenby5th grade students) Justthinkaboutyour day fora minute. Teachershandingoutpapersandpapersandmore papers… and books…and quizzes…andhomework. Maybe we shouldmove toFrance where theydothe same thing but … they take a 2 hour breakfor lunch! Lunch 12:00pm US 3: Hey! F 1: Salut! US 3: What’syour name? F 1: Je m’appelle __________ US 3: Where doyou live? F 1: J’habite àGap. US 3: Gap? The store? US 1: Noyou dumbdumb! Gap, in “lesAlpes”the Alps ! Everyone knowsthat! Yousee,the Alpsare the mountainsthatseparate France fromSwitzerland. US 4: Isn’tSwitzerlandnexttoItalyaswell? Ithoughtthe Alpswere alsointhe Northernpartof Italy. Aren’tthey? US 1: Oh,I have to use the bathroom. Excusez-moi... __________________________
  5. 5. Narrator: (Writtenby5th grade students) Dans la classe de français,vousallezentendre unjoli poème qui s’appelle “Automne.” Oh,excusez-moi, didI justspeakFrench? I was so excitedaboutmyFrenchclassI justgot carriedaway. Sorryabout that! Anyway,Ihope you’re notscaredof mice… In French class: 2:00pm Professeur: _____________, debout! Récitezle poème « Automne ». Étudiant #2: Automne. Il pleut….. Automne. Il pleutdesfeuilles…. Excusez-moi ! Professeur: Asseyez-vous! Professeur: _____________, debout! Récitezle poème « Automne ». Étudiant #1 : Automne. Il pleutdesfeuillesjaunes,il pleutdesfeuillesrouges. L’été vas’endormiret l’hivervavenirsouslapointe de sessouliersgelés. Professeur: Excellent! Asseyez-vous. Classe,répétez! A,E, I,O, U. Étudiants: A,E, I,O, U! Professeur: BA,BE, BI,BO, BU Étudiants: BA,BE, BI,BO, BU! Étudiant #1: Madame,madame! Une souris! Professeur: Une sourisdansla salle de classe? Étudiant #1: Oui. Professeur: C’estridicule! Continuons... JA,JE, JI,JO,JU Étudiants: JA,JE, JI,JO, JU! Étudiant #2: Madame,madame! Une souris! Professeur: C’estridicule! Sortez! Classe,répétez! GA,GUE, GUI... Une souris! Une souris! AHHHHH! (Studentsdothe victorydance inthe class. The directorof the school arrivesinthe hall) Étudiant #1: Shhh,the directoriscoming... Directeur: What isgoingon inhere? Étudiant #1: (studentsall calmandfakingstudying) We don’tknow. The teacherleftina hurry. Étudiant #2: Yeah! She must have hadan emergency! Ihope she isok. Directeur: What classwas it? Étudiants: Le français! (The bell rings) Directeur: Okthen. Well...“aurevoir”! Étudiants: Au revoir! Bonne journée! _______________________ Narrator: (to be done by 5th graders inclass) Sometimes,people inone countrycando somethingverynatural tothemwhichcantotallyshock people fromanothercountry. A simple gesture canturnintosomethingrude andunexpected. Sometimesnotknowingculture differencesstinks(if youknow whatImean…).
  6. 6. At the welcoming party F 2 : __ Bonjour! Ça va? F 3 : __ Comme-ci comme ça,ettoi? F 2 : __ Super! F 3 : __ Je m’appelle Robert,ettoi? Commentt’appelles-tu? F 2 : __ Je m’appelle Isabelle. Oùhabites-tu? F 3 : __ J’habite àParis,ettoi? Où habites-tu? F 2 : __ J’habite àGap. F 3 : __ Le magasin? F 2 : __ Mais non! Gap danslesAlpes! F 1 : __ Tu habitesà Gap ? F 2 : __ Oui. F 1 : __ Moi aussi ! Quelle coincidence! (veryexcited) Onpeutparler? USP 1: Oh,I justlove havinga Frenchstudentinmyhouse. It remindsme of the goodolddays whenI was takingFrenchlessons. MyFrenchisstill verygood. I evenimpressedmyself the otherday! What aboutyou? Do youspeakFrench? USP 2 : I am learningitrightnow. USP 1 : Really ? “Parlez-vousfrançais?” USP 2: (withaperfectFrenchaccent!) Oui,unpeu. Je ne parle pas beaucoupmaisje ne me débrouille pas trop mal. C’estmarrant quandje disque j’apprendsle français,touslesgensme posentlamême question. Amusant,non ? USP 1 : Oh,I have to use the restroom. Excusez-moi!... USP 3: Wow! Your Frenchsoundedamazing! How longhave youbeenstudying? USP 2: Oh...justa fewweeks. USP 3: What didyoutell her? USP 2: She askedme if I spoke FrenchsoI toldher I didn’tspeakmuchbutI wasn’ttoo bad at it. I also toldherthat it was funnythateverytime Imention thatI am learningFrencheverybodywasaskingme the same question. Funny,isn’tit? USP 3: Well,thatwassurely very impressive. Although,Iamnot sure she/he wasveryimpressedbyit... USP 2: Howis yourFrenchstudent? USP 3: Good. I think! She/he isverynice butI thinkshe/he isveryhomesick,already. He/she hasonly beenhere for2 days! USP 2: Ohno! She/he missesher/hisfamily? USP 3: No,that’sactuallygoingalright. She/he missesthe food. She/he won’teatanything! Itried burgersand pasta,evenpizza! USP 2: Maybe you shouldtry “quiche”instead! USP 3: You are right! That’swhat I’ll do. I’ll take her/him toa Frenchrestauranttonight. My husband doesn’tlike Frenchfoodbuthe’ll justhave todeal withit! USP 2: I wishIcouldbe a flyto see hisreactionwhentheyshow himthe menu! Letme know howthat goes! Good luck! As theysayin French : « Bonne chance » ! ___________________________
  7. 7. Narrator: The nexttime youhave a familydinner,make sure you observe everybodyatyourtable. Ibet youthat at leastone personhastheirlefthandunderthe table. InFrance, thisisas bad as takingoff yourshoes ina social context. Iknow,the Frenchcan be weirdwithall theirdo’sanddon’tbutwhat can I say,they still have the bestdesserts!... At a French restaurant Maître D: Bonsoir! Vousavezune réservation? USP 4 : A reservation ? Heu,yes. Oui. Oui oui. Maître D : Sousquel noms’il vousplaît ? USP 4 : Pardon ? Maître D : Sousquel nom? USP 3: Honey,Ithinkhe wantsyour name. USP 4: Oh,oui! My name. Goldyburger! Partyof 4. Maître D: Golly,Gold,Goldyburger. Une table pour4 personnes,oui? USP 4 : Pardon ? Maître D : 4 personnes ? USP 4 : Oui. Maître D : Par ici,s’il vousplaît. Votre serveurvaarriver. Serveur: Bonsoir! Vousdésirezboire quelque chose ? F 4 : (witha strongFrench accent) He wantsto know whatyou wantto drink. USP 3: CouldIhave some waterplease? Serveur: De l’eau? Biensûr! Perrier,Evian,Vittel,laCroix, Contrex,Badoit... USP 4 : Goodnessgracious ! All those are water? Humm... Un Perrier,s’il vousplaît. Serveur: Et pour vous ? F 4 : Une limonade,s’il vousplaît. US 3 : Un coca cola. USP 3 : Me too ! Un coca cola s’il vousplaît. Serveur: Un Perrier,une limonadeetdeux coca. (while the waitergetsthe drinks) USP 3: I like thisplace. Very“chic.” What doyou think? F 4: I like it! It smellsverygood! Itsmellslikehome! Thankyoufortakingme here. USP 4: You are welcome. US 3: You have to helpuswiththe menu. Serveur: Voilà! UnPerrier,une limonadeetdeux coca. Ce soir,la soupe dujour estun velouté de petit pois. Nousavonsaussi desescargots,dulapinsauté etdes cuissesde grenouilles. Je vouslaisse choisir... USP 3 : What didhe say ? F 4: He saidtheyhad snails,rabbitorfroglegs. USP 4: OhGoodnessgracious! What aboutthe “blabla blapetitspois”? F 4: Velouté de petitspois? That’sa creamysoupwithpeas. USP 4: That soundssafer. I’ll have that. Serveur: Vousavezchoisi? F 4 : Un velouté de petitspois s’il vousplaît. USP 4: What she said... USP 3 : Petitspois... US 3 : Petitspois...
  8. 8. Serveur: 4 velontésde petitspois. Toutde suite... F 4 : I thinkyouwill like the dessertsbetter. US 3: What do theyhave? F 4: Chocolate mousse,crêpes,homemadeice cream, apple pies,crème brulée... US 3: Yum! That soundsgood...Serveur: Voilà! Bonappétit! USP 3, USP 4, US 3, F 4: Merci! __________________________ Narrator: We are goingto leave ourfamilytotheirdinner. Ihope youhave enjoyedthisone dayin America! Fin

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