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T2: Trainspotting starring Ewan McGregor and all the boys are back in town — the trailer en français

Dreaming of France this week? Moi aussi as my husband and I are planning on spending a week in Paris and several days in the south of France when we head to Europe in May. Watching this trailer for T2:Trainspotting in French (I guess there's no French equivalent for trainspotting), sans subtitles, makes me realize how much I need to practice my own limited knowledge of the language before our trip. I didn’t understand a thing except the occasional “choisi Facebook.’’
At my current level of knowledge when I ask for directions I’ll be lucky if I don’t get directed straight out of the country. Can I make up the lack in a little over a month? Nope, but I’m sure there are a few apps to help us out. 
It would be a bit easier if the French trailer for T2 (based on the novel Porno) included English subtitles but c’est la vie, eh? English or French, it’s pretty wild. Along with Ewan McGregor as Renton, all the boys are back in town: Ewen Bremner as Spud, Johnny Lee Miller as Sick Boy and Robert Carlyle as Begbie.

Here’s a short trailer in English as a point of reference, but I couldn’t find matching footage so I’m not sure how helpful it is. I suggested seeing it to my husband but he’s not interested, the violence, especially the way the poor baby was treated in the first one, totally turned him off. I told him this one is getting good reviews and the guys have aged—which hopefully means mellowed a bit—but he’s adamant. How about you? Are you planning on seeing T2: Trainspotting in English, French or any language? And can you recommend a decent, affordable translation app for a couple of budget travelers? Merci!


  1. Sim, Well, I understood quite a bit on the trailer, but I'm still not tempted by the movie. Ewan MacGregor and Danny Boyle did an interview with Terry Gross the other day and the movie sounds good, but I can't take violence either.
    May I suggest Duolingo for learning (refreshing) French. You can do it on your phone or computer. I also have been listening to the CoffeeBreak French podcast. I went back to the first lesson even though it is very easy to get me to think about specific sounds and pronunciations. Bonne chance!
    Also, I just added another post with a book review of The Enemies of Versailles. You can win a copy and it would be lovely to read it as you travel in France.
    Thanks for playing along with Dreaming of France. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

  2. I won't be rushing out to watch this one I'm afraid, but I didn't watch the first one either! I have seen a few films in French at our local cinema here in France, but what I love is the international films that they show in original version, with French subtitles, perfect! #DreamingofFrance


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