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Following up with our series on Songs to help You Learn French, this is song number three. This song is very catchy and not too difficult to understand. “Elle me dit”, which translate to She Tells Me in English is a song by British singer-songwriter Mika, under the album, The Origin of Love which was released in July 2011.  Mika re-recorded the song in English under the title “Emily”. The lyrics of the French and English versions are however different, although there are some similarities.  The translation presented here is of the French version.

 

French Version : Mika – Elle Me Dit

 

 

English Version: Mika – Emily

 

 

French Language Tips:

Here we are introduced to different french adjectives. French adjectives goes after the noun, unlike in english where the adjective goes before the noun. In addition the form of the adjectives change depending on if it is a masculine or feminine noun that it relates to.

In this song the singer used a lot of the imperative, called l’impératif in French.  It is used here to offer advice and to make recommendation.   In this case we can see that the subject pronoun is not used with the verb form.

 

English Translation of French Song

Elle Me Dit

Elle me dit
Écris une chanson contente
Pas une chanson déprimante
Une chanson que tout le monde aime

 

Elle me dit
Tu deviendras milliardaire
Tu auras de quoi être fier
Ne finis pas comme ton père

 

Elle me dit
Ne t’enferme pas dans ta chambre
Vas-y, secoue-toi et danse
Dis-moi c’est quoi ton problème

 

Elle me dit
Qu’est-ce que t’as ? t’as l’air coincé
T’es défoncé ou t’es gay ?
Tu finiras comme ton frère

 

Elle me dit

Elle me dit, c’est ta vie
Fais c’que tu veux, tant pis
Un jour tu comprendras
Un jour tu t’en voudras

 

Elle me dit, t’es trop nul
Sors un peu de ta bulle
Tu fais n’importe quoi
On dirait que t’aimes ça

Pourquoi tu gâches ta vie (x3)
Danse, danse, danse
Pourquoi tu gâches ta vie (x3)
Danse, danse, danse

 

Elle me dit
Fais comme les autres garçons
Vas taper dans un ballon
Tu deviendras populaire

 

Elle me dit
Qu’est-ce tu fous sur Internet ?
Ca va pas bien dans ta tête
Regarde le temps que tu perds

 

Elle me dit
Pourquoi tu te plains tout le temps ?
On dirait que t’as huit ans
C’est pas comme ca que tu vas m’plaire

 

Elle me dit
Un jour je serais plus là
Mais c’est quand elle me dit ça
Qu’elle me dit un truc que j’aime

 

Elle me dit, c’est ta vie
Fais c’que tu veux, tant pis
Un jour tu comprendras
Un jour tu t’en voudras

 

Elle me dit, t’es trop nul
Sors un peu de ta bulle
Tu fais n’importe quoi
On dirait que t’aimes ça

Pourquoi tu gâches ta vie (x3)
Danse, danse, danse

Elle me dit danse
Pourquoi tu gâches ta vie (x3)
Danse, danse, danse
Elle me dit danse

 

Elle me dit
T’as pas encore des ch’veux blancs
Mais t’auras bientôt trente ans
Vaudrait mieux que tu te réveilles

 

Elle me dit
Tu es toujours un enfant
Tu ne seras jamais grand
Et moi je suis déjà vieille

 

Elle me dit
Regarde un peu tes amis
Qu’est-ce qu’ils vont faire de leur vie ?
Il y a de quoi se foutre en l’air

Elle me dit

Oui un jour tu me tueras
Mais c’est quand elle me dit ça
Qu’elle me dit un truc que j’aime

Elle me dit danse (x8)

Elle me dit, c’est ta vie
Fais c’que tu veux, tant pis
Un jour tu comprendras
Un jour tu t’en voudras

 

Elle me dit, t’es trop nul
Sors un peu de ta bulle
Tu fais n’importe quoi
On dirait que t’aimes ça

Pourquoi tu gâches ta vie (x3)
Danse, danse, danse

Elle me dit danse
Pourquoi tu gâches ta vie (x3)
Danse, danse, danse
Elle me dit danse

 

She Told Me

She told me
Write a happy song
Not a depressing song
A song that everyone loves

 

She told me
You will become a millionaire
You will be proud
Do not end up like your father

 

She told me
Don’t shut yourself in your bedroom
Go ahead shake yourself and dance
Tell me what your problem is

She told me

Why aren’t you more suave
You’re stoned/broken or you win
You’ll end up like your brother

She told me

She told me, it’s your life
Do what you want, oh well
One day you’ll understand
One day you’ll want it


She told me, you’re stupid
Get out of your bubble a little
You don’t do anything important
Looks like you like that

Why are you wasting your life (x3)
Dance Dance Dance
Why are you wasting your life (x3)
Dance Dance Dance

 

She told me
Act like the other boys
Go kick a ball around
You will become popular


She told me
What are you doing on the internet
It’s not good in your head
Look at the time you lose


She told me
Why do you complain all the time
You act like you’re eight years old
That’s not how you’re going make me happy

She told me
One day I will be gone
But when she said that

She told me something that I love

 

She told me, it’s your life
Do what you want, oh well
One day you’ll understand
One day you’ll want it


She told me, you’re stupid

Get out of your bubble a little
You don’t do anything important
Looks like you like that

Why are you wasting your life (x3)
Dance Dance Dance

She told me dance
Why are you wasting your life (x3)
Dance Dance Dance
She told me dance

 

She told me
You don’t have grey hair
But soon you’ll be thirty years old
It would be better if you wake up


She told me
You’re still a child
You will never grow up
And I am already old


She told me
Look at your friends
What will they do with their lives
There is something to f**k up
She told me


Yes one day you will kill me
But when she said that
She told me something that I love

She told me dance (x8)

She told me, it’s your life
Do what you want, oh well
One day you’ll understand
One day you’ll want it


She told me, you’re a zero
Get out of your bubble a little
You don’t anything important
Looks like you like that

Why are you wasting your life (x3)
Dance Dance Dance

She told me dance

Why are you wasting your life (x3)
Dance Dance Dance
She told me dance

 

 

 

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