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Ici, on parle français
Ici, on parle français
Ici, on parle français
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Ici, on parle français

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Le côté divertissant de l’apprentissage du français. Une BD en anglais et français écorché. A comic strip on the funny side of learning French as second language. In English and broken French!

Two cool dudes set out to learn French...

Vics and Sids sign up for a French course at the Alliance Française, and get more than they bargained for. Join the linguistic adventures of the laid-back duo as they grapple with hairy French grammar, their irascible teacher Thelma Snax, and a slightly batty fellow student, Malini, with whom Vics proceeds to fall hopelessly in love. French love.

This was a cartoon strip created by the French-speaking cartoonist Poltu for the Alliance Française de Bangalore in 2015. It was displayed in all the classrooms and gained a cult following. Now released to the general public by the author. For inspiration, Poltu drew on his own experience learning French at the Alliance, plus oodles of comic imagination. If you have ever learnt French as second language, this strip should revive fond memories.


This book also contains a bonus strip: the mystery of the missing circumflex. An allegory on the love-hate relationship that the French have with that little ‘cap’ accent that decorates so many of their words.

A German adaption of this comic strip ‘Hier Sprechen wir Deutsch’ is also available as a separate book on this website

Release dateJul 28, 2017
Ici, on parle français


Pashupati “Poltu” Chatterji is a humor novelist, cartoonist and songwriter. “Poltu” is his pen-name. Poltu describes himself as an overgrown teenager and an incurable Wodehouse addict. He spent the early part of his childhood in Africa, and later in Rajasthan, India. He also lived some years in Munich, Germany. For most of the past decade he had lived in Bangalore, and most of his novels are based out of that city. He is currently based in Lyon, France, with his French wife. Before turning a full time novelist in 2006, Poltu worked in software. He was senior manager in leading tech MNC’s (Siemens, Infineon, Intel). He speaks English, German, French, Hindi, Bengali and smatterings of Kannada, Marathi and Swahili. Poltu has written a number of humorous books, both novels and non-fiction. More information is available on his website His novels are what he calls ‘musical novels’ – they are accompanied by songs, which can be downloaded from his website. He has won an international songwriting competition in France. In 2014, he was the Cartoonist-in-Residence at Alliance Française de Lyon. In 2015 he drew a weekly comic strip in French for Alliance Française de Bangalore which was displayed in all the classrooms. He publishes numerous weekly cartoon strips on his humor blog: Good God! Blandine’s Farm, Naresh NGO, Searching for Godot, and others, in English, French and German.

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