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french conversation starters

War is an unfortunate part of life and part of all of our countries’ present and histories. This conversation starter deals entirely with the subject, starting with our personal experiences and ending with our broader views.

  1. Voulais-tu être soldat quand tu etait un(e) enfant? T’interessais-tu à la guerre?
    Did you want to be a soldier when you were little? Were you interested in war?
  2. De l’armée, corps des marines américains, la marine, forces aériennes,
    quelle section militaire t’interesse le plus?
    Out of the army, Marine Corps, navy and air force, which military branch interests you the most?
  3. Es-tu un vétéran? Raconte ta carière militaire. Are you a veteran?
    Tell me about your military career?
  4. As-tu des compétences qui seraient utiles pour les forces armées?
    Do you have any skills that might be useful for the armed forces?
  5. Es-tu issue d’une famille militaire? Quelle influence est-ce que cela a eu sur ta famille?
    Are you from a military family? What influence did that have on
    your family?
  6. Si le service militaire était obligatoire dans ton pays, serais-tu d’accord pour t’enrôler sans problème?
    If military service was compulsory in your country, would you be okay with enlisting?
  7. Tes parents sont-ils/étaient-ils militaires?
    Are/were your parents soldiers?
  8. Est-ce que tes grand-parents ont combattu dans l’une des guerres
    Did you grandparents fight in either of the two world wars?
  9. As-tu des amis qui ont combattu dans les guerres? Leurs vies, comment ont-elles changé après leur service militaire?
    Do you have any friends who have fought in wars? How did their lives change after the war?
  10. Connais-tu bien l’histoire de la révolution américaine? S’y interesses-tu?
    Are you familiar with the American Revolution? Are you interested in it?
  11. Connais-tu l’histoire des autres guerres américaines dont on parle
    moins souvent, comme la guerre de 1812 ou la guerre de Corée?
    Are you familiar with American wars that are spoken about less frequently such as the War of 1812 and the Korean War?
  12. Connais-tu l’histoire des guerres des pays à part les Etats-Unis? Quels
    pays et quelles guerres?
    Do you know the history of wars from countries besides the United States? Which countries and which wars?
  13. Quels sont tes souvenirs de la guerre du Vietnam. Comment est-ce que
    cette guerre a influencé ta vie?
    What are your memories of the Vietnam war? How did this war affect your life?
  14. Comprends-tu bien la situation dans le Moyen-Orient là-bas et suis-tu
    les nouvelles de ces conflits à la télévision?
    Do you understand the situation in the Middle East and do you follow these conflicts on TV?
  15. Peux-tu nommer quelques films de guerre que tu as apprecié?
    Can you name a few war movies that you liked?
  16. As-tu regardé des films documentaires au sujet des guerres comme
    les films de Ken Burns?
    Have you watched war documentaries such as films by Ken Burns?
  17. As-tu voyagé dans un pays où il y avait de la violence lorsque tu étais
    Have you traveled in a country that had violence when you were there?
  18. As-tu visité des champs de bataille ou des cimetières militaires
    pendant tes voyages?
    Have you visited any battle fields or military cemitaries during your travels?
  19. Est-ce qu’il y a eu des batailles militaires dans la région ou tu habites?
    Have there been any battles in the region where you live?
  20. As-tu voyagé dans un pays où il y avait une guerre récemment?
    Have you traveled in a country where there was a war recently?

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David Issokson

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