Celine Dion is one of the most internationally renowned singers of all time. She has moved us with her magnificent voice for years with her English albums and continues to do so.
If you love practicing your French with music then I have some good news for you. Today, we will unravel some of Celine Dion’s famous French hit list and the million things we can learn from them.
A brief history of her musical journey
Céline Marie Claudette Dion has spent most of her years in the limelight but it all started from a very humble place. She was born and brought up in Québec amongst a French-speaking household.
She was the youngest of the 14 children and they all shared the same passion; music. Her first performance was at the age of 5 at one of her brother’s weddings where she realized she wanted to be a singer.
She wrote her first song “Ce n’était qu’un rêve” at the age of 12 with the help of her mother and brother which marked the beginning of her musical career.
Her musical journey took off from there and her dream was made into a reality. She became one of Québec’s influential artists with record-breaking French albums and won several awards.
She connected with a larger audience once she started making music in English. She left people in awe with her sensational song “My heart will go on” from Titanic followed by several albums which still hold the same love today.
Over the years, she has offered the world some great music and has beautifully balanced to produce hits in both French and English with her soulful singing.
Besides these two languages, she has also sung in Italian, Spanish, German, Latin, Japanese, and Chinese.
Celine Dion’s French collection
Celine’s songs have created a huge impact on the language and culture. She uses simple words that are easy to understand and can be incorporated into our vocabulary lessons.
It teaches us the different ways to frame a sentence and aids us with some quick grammar concepts. You can easily catch the tune and turn your French sessions into a sing-along platform.
Beat to the rhythm of French with the following concise collection of my favorite French songs from different albums.
1. On ne change pas
Album: S’il suffisait d’aimer
A beautiful piece accompanied by a rhythm that brings out the most soothing and pleasant melody. It features a lot of negations and simple sentences with many verbs in French.
The song is sung slowly making it ideal for French learners to pick up all the words. It ranked number one in France and Belgium and quickly became popular among other Francophone countries.
2. Le bonheur en face
Album: Encore un soir
Le Bonheur en face is a lovely song that encourages us to always find happiness among our loved ones. This song gets registered easily into our minds with its catchy chorus and it is useful for learning a few questions in the inversion form.
Moreover, this album “ Encore un soir” was Dion’s first French album that made it to the Billboard charts in the United States. So, make sure to check all the other songs to find the song that suits your taste.
3. S’il suffisait d’aimer
Album: S’il suffisait d’aimer
This song is one of the most celebrated songs of Celine. It gained many favorable reviews and became the second best-selling French album of all time.
It is more appropriate for the intermediate French learners as it features many conditional tenses using the conjunction “si” that are useful in your written and oral comprehension.
4. Pour que tu m’aimes encore
The list would be incomplete if I fail to mention this song. It became a smash hit in France, sold over million copies, and topped the singles chart for 12 weeks.
This song includes sentences that provide a lot of examples of Subjonctif which has been one of the most intimidating grammar concepts in French.
Further, it also includes many verbs conjugated in the simple future which is one of the most useful tenses in French that facilitates our conversations.
5. Je lui dirai
Album: 1 fille & 4 types
A lively song with an upbeat rhythm that leaves you with no choice but to sing along. It is filled with meaning and energy that brightens up your mood at any part of the day.
A song that is sung from a mother’s perspective to his son about life in the past, present, and future. It creates a cheerful aura across the place that makes your learning fun and effective at the same time.
Learning with a Star
Celine Dion has been a sensational Star for decades. Her dedication to music has inspired many people to follow their dreams and achieve their deepest desires.
Her songs offer a perfect alternative to discover slang, pronunciation, and words. It is an absolute treat to learn French with her magical voice that is filled with passion and love.