Learn French With Stromae
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LF Content Team | Updated on 2 February 2023
Learning French with Stromae's music is fun, engaging, and includes a cultural aspect that is often missing from other language learning methods. It is also great way to supplement your learning and stay motivated to keep learning French!
Below are 4 song recommendations by Stromae to get you started! Alongside each recommendation, you will find a snippet of the lyric translations with links to the full lyric translations and lessons for each of the songs!
Stromae is a Belgian singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. He is best known for his unique blend of electronic, hip hop, and pop music. His second album, Racine Carrée, was released in 2013 and was an instant success, reaching number one in Belgium and France and becoming certified platinum in both countries, as well as in other countries such as Italy, Canada, Russia, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Stromae is known for his socially conscious lyrics and his ability to blend different genres of music. He is one of the most successful and influential artists in Europe.
1 Tous Les Mêmes (All The Same)
2 Formidable (Wonderful)
3 Alors On Danse (So We Dance)
4 Papaoutai (Where Are You Dad)
Tous Les Mêmes (All The Same)
Vous les hommes êtes tous les mêmes
Macho mais cheap
Bande de mauviettes infidèles
Si prévisibles
You men are all the same
Macho but cheap
Bunch of unfaithful wimps
So predictable
In the song "Tous Les Mêmes" by Stromae, the artist critiques the behavior of men, calling them "macho but cheap" and "infidel mauviettes". He questions whether they deserve the love they receive, and suggests that they are not aware of what they are losing. He also criticizes the idea that beauty is the only thing that matters, and that men are only present when it is convenient for them. The chorus of the song repeats the phrase "Tous Les Mêmes" to emphasize the idea that men are all the same.
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Formidable (Wonderful)
Tu étais formidable, j'étais fort minable
Nous étions formidables
You were wonderful, I was so pathetic
We were wonderful
In the song "Formidable," the speaker recalls his relationship where she was "formidable" and he was pathetic, after being recently broken up with. The singer also comments on the superficiality of marriage and infidelity in relationships. He also addresses a child and talks about the flaws and struggles in parenting and relationships. The overall theme of the song seems to be reflecting on past experiences and questioning societal norms and expectations in relationships.
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Alors On Danse (So We Dance)
Qui dit étude dit travail
Qui dit taf te dit les thunes
Qui dit argent dit dépenses
Qui dit crédit dit créance
Who says study says work
Who says work says money
Who says money says expenses
Who says credit says debt
In Stromae's song Alors On Danse, he reflects on the struggles of life and how they can be overwhelming. He acknowledges the difficulties of studying, working, and dealing with money, debt, love, loss, and global crises. He suggests that the only way to cope with these issues is to dance and sing, and to keep going even when it feels like there is no end in sight.
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Papaoutai (Where Are You Dad)
Dites-moi d'où il vient
Enfin je saurai où je vais
Maman dit que lorsqu'on cherche bien
On finit toujours par trouver
Tell me where he comes from
Finally, I'll know where I'm going
Mom says that when you search well
You always end up finding
"Papaoutai" by Stromae is a poignant song that explores the absence of a father figure in a person's life. The lyrics express the longing and confusion of a child searching for their father, questioning where he is and why he is not present. The song delves into the complexities of fatherhood and the impact it has on individuals, highlighting the universal desire for a strong paternal presence. The whole song is about the speaker grappling with his father’s absence from his life, but the sad subject matter is contrasted by the upbeat dance beat.
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We have more songs with translations on our website and mobile app. You can find the links to the website and our mobile app below. We hope you enjoy learning French with music!