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Saturdays (session 1 - Sept. 24 - Oct. 22), 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM



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About this Class

For this special edition of French through Songs, join Farida to learn all about Dalida. Born Yolanda Gigliotti in Egypt in 1933, Dalida was an internationally recognized French-Italian singer and movie star. She moved to France in 1954 and two years later, she released her first of more than 70 gold disc records, "Bambino", which stayed in the Top 10 for 46 weeks and sold over 300,000 copies. In December 1968, Dalida received the Médaille de la Présidence de la République by General Charles de Gaulle and remains the only musician to have received it. Despite being an icon for happiness, energetic performance and glamorous appearances, Dalida’s life was marred with drama which eventually led to her tragic death. From Il venait d'avoir 18 ans to Bambino or Paroles, paroles, discover and enjoy her most famous songs!

About Farida Talantikit

Farida began teaching at the French Library in 2006 after moving to Boston in 2004. She primarily teaches core language classes for adults at the beginner level in addition to intermediate and advanced grammar courses and conversation classes for all levels.

Farida holds a Doctorate in Occupational Health Medicine (a branch of medicine dealing with the prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses) from UCL, Bruxelles. She lived in Salon de Provence, France where she taught biology at Avignon University and worked as an occupational health doctor. She also worked for several human rights non-profit organizations in Marseille.

She loves spending time with her family and travelling. She enjoys listening to classical music and reading about the humanities, especially history and cinema, and she is intrigued by people, different cultures and world politics. She also takes great pleasure in cooking.

Above: Brigitte performing at Paris Plage in 2011, photographed by R. Gacogne.