If you've ever studied French, you've probably come across the trilled R. It's that unique way of fluttering one's tongue to produce the R sound.
This week on C'est la vie we explore how the trilled R came about.
How it journeyed to New France...
And how it may soon be a thing of the past.
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Music played during this week's program:
Opening theme: "Bach à la Jazz", from Les Triplettes de Belleville
"La Cuisinière", La Bolduc (heard during Elizabeth Robertson's documentary about the trilled R, and after Henry Gauthier's monologue)
"Amusements", by Daniel Bélanger (played during Henry Gauthier's monologue)
Closing theme: "Cabaret d'ouverture", composed by Ben Charest for the film, Les Triplettes de Belleville