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Clarence's guide to the Louisiana Cajun French Language, Cajun phrases and Cajun Dictionary



   
Welcome to Clarence's guide to the Louisiana Cajun French Language, Cajun phrases and Cajun Dictionary.

This site contains sources for learning the Louisiana Cajun French language, Cajun phrases, Cajun dictionaries, links to free online Cajun French language sites and descriptions of Cajun language books and Cd's.

Request from Clarence: One of my hobbies is running a free cajun accordion loan program. I get a lot of requests to borrow an accordion from aspiring musicians. If you are feeling generous and would like to support a good cajun cause, how about making a financial contribution to help me buy another accordion to loan out? Please read more about it at Clarence's Cajun Accordion Loan Program.

Please listen to Clarence's Cajun radio program in Baton Rouge Saturdays 7pm-9pm on WBRH 90.3 FM View Clarence's Baton Rouge Cajun and Zydeco Schedule.


Dictionary of Louisiana French - A NEW PUBLICATION ! We've received an important announcement that a new Dictionary of Louisiana French is available from the University Press of Mississippi, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, Ms. 39211. Orders and inquires call 1-800-737-7788. Priced at $38.00 plus $5.00 shipping (first book) and $2.00 each additional copy. Cloth bound at 800 pages. A must for Cajun musicians, song writers, educators, students, and everyone interested in passing our language to the next generation. It's a book that took 11 years to complete. Complied and edited by Albert Valdman (Indiana Uni.), Kevin J. Rottet, Barry J. Ancelet (Lafayette Uni.) Richard Guidry, Thomas A. Klingler, Amanda La Fleur (LSU), Tamara Lindner, Michael D. Picone and Dominique Ryon - plus hundreds of interviews with La's French speakers by students and contributions from others. It reflects vocabulary and usage as spoken from old times to the present by Cajuns, Creoles and in La's Indian communities. It's the language heard in the marshes, along the Miss. River, Central and North La. and the Western Prairies. Illustrations are included, pronunciation, popular sayings (phrases), spelling, grammar, and the English equivalent, and also uses and references the publications of others from 1930 to the present. A very complete book that not only lists words and phrases that Grandpere and Grandmere spoke, but will answer a frequent question as, "how do you say this, or spell that? A thoughtful gift for your favorite Cajun.

This information is located at www.cajunradio.org/language.html

Free online Cajun language sites:

Clarence's List of Louisiana Cajun Cuss Words, Cajun Curse Words and Louisiana Cajun French Swear Phrases

Main Cajun French Language website by Amanda LaFleur of LSU's French Studies Department

Amanda LaFleur's website has the following topics:

Les pages cadiennes de LSU: LSU Cajun pages
proposées par le Département d'études françaises
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

A beginner's introduction: What is Cajun French?
Le français cadien par thèmes: Cajun French by Themes
Faux amis: How to Speak French in Louisiana Without Getting in Trouble
Glossaire Français Cadien-Français Européen: Cajun-Standard French Glossary
L'interrogatif en français cadien: Forming questions in Cajun French
Les pronoms personnels cadiens: Cajun personal pronouns
Les pronoms sujets et le système verbal: The Basics of Verb Conjugation
Les animaux dans la métaphore populaire: Cajun animal metaphors
Un glossaire cadien-anglais: Cajun French to English glossary

D'autres hyperliens franco-louisianais: Other Louisiana French Links
Centenary College: Littérature louisianaise
Louisiana Cajun French and Creole by B. Ancelet de l'Université de Louisiane à Lafayette
Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana

Here is another website by Amanda LaFleur's on the cajun language www.cajunfrench.org


Link Heritage by Maurice Lasserre and the Memere a dit (Grandma said) series by the Cajun French Music Association: www.cajunfrenchmusic.org/history/

Link The Acadian Dictionary from Vermilionville of Lafayette

Link The Cajun Language

Link acadiananow.com Cajun French phrases

Link Asteur - la gazette du monde cadien

Link Codofil - Council on the Development of French in Louisiana

Cajun song lyrics - some on the web

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Tonnerre mes chiens! by Amanda LaFleur
(book) A glossary of Louisiana French figures of speech, containing over 1200 expressions collected from 23 South Louisiana parishes. Not only explains the metaphorical meaning of these figures of speech, but also explores their origins and compares them to similar expressions in other French-speaking countries.

Available from
Floyd's Record Shop mail order and online shop
Louisiana Cajun Stuff mail order and online shop

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A Dictionary of the Cajun Language by Rev. Jules O. Daigle

(book) In its sixth printing this volume contains 640 pages of two sections. English to Cajun and Cajun to English. A must for every household of Cajun Descent. Cloth over hard board cover (Smyth Sewn Binding) Size 8 1/2 by 11

Available from:
Floyd's Record Shop mail order and online shop
Louisiana Cajun Stuff mail order and online shop

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Cajun Self Taught by Rev. Jules O. Daigle

(book) CAJUN SELF TAUGHT - Now in its Fourth Printing A huge cloth bound 450 page 81/2 by 11 inch book in large easy to read type. This volume's goal is to help one read and speak Cajun correctly. An optional companion CD is available. There is also an optional set of four cassettes available.
(cassette) - CAJUN SELF TAUGHT is also available on a set of 4 cassettes
(CD) - CAJUN SELF TAUGHT is also available on a set of 3 CD's

Available from:
Floyd's Record Shop mail order and online shop
Louisiana Cajun Stuff mail order and online shop

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You Can Speak Cajun French! by Fred Charlie


(cassette, PC Tutorial CD) Conversational Basics - A cassette narrated by Fred Charlie contains numbers, counting money, days of the week, family members and examples of their use, 84 common phrases and much more.

Available from: ??

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Conversational Cajun French (Cassettes) by Randy Whatley

Available from
Floyd's Record Shop mail order and online shop
Louisiana Cajun Stuff mail order and online shop

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Yé Yaille Chère-Traditional Cajun Dance Music by Raymond E. Francois

This book is one of the most comprehensive collections of authentic Cajun sheet music and lyrics from southwest Louisiana. Sheet music also contains turns, chord changes as well as cross-references to other songs, and reminiscences by Cajun musicians with extensive notes. Truly the "Encyclopedia of Cajun Music". A unique treasury of words and sheet music to 247 traditional and original Cajun songs.

Available from
Floyd's Record Shop mail order and online shop
Louisiana Cajun Stuff mail order and online shop

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Cajun Music: A Reflection of A People. Volume 1. By Ann Allen Savoy

Includes: 106 Cajun and Zydeco songs in Cajun and Creole French, accompanied with simple phonetics for English speakers, and English translations. Cajun instrument instructions, How to Play Cajun Fiddle, Accordion, Guitar, Guitar chords, etc. And much more - interviews in French to demonstrate the Cajun language, discographies, lists of how and where to find Cajun records.

Available from
Savoy Music Center mail order and online shop
Floyd's Record Shop mail order and online shop ****************************************************

PURCHASING CD's:
If you wish to purchase Cajun or Zydeco music, try your local store or visit my
web page on Cajun & Zydeco music retailers (ie: mailorder and online purchases)

Please listen to Clarence's Cajun radio program in Baton Rouge.
Saturdays 7pm-9pm on WBRH 90.3 FM

View Clarence's Baton Rouge Cajun and Zydeco Schedule.

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