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Verb faire to do, to make

Lesson on the Verb “Faire” (To Do, To Make)

Person Conjugation Pronunciation
je (I) fais /fe/
tu (you sg.) fais /fe/
il/elle (he/she) fait /fe/
nous (we) faisons /fe.zɔ̃/
vous (you pl.) faites /fɛt/
ils/elles (they) font /fɔ̃/

Usage:

The verb faire is frequently used to express an activity, profession, project, preparation, study, etc. When asking the question What are you doing? (Tu fais quoi? Qu’est-ce que tu fais? Que fais-tu?), there are many possible answers depending on the context. Here are the different uses of the verb faire.

Definitions and Examples:

1) Faire + household task

Examples:

  • Je fais le ménage.           I am doing the cleaning.
  • Je fais les courses.         I am doing the shopping.
  • Je fais la lessive.            I am doing the laundry.

2) Faire + studies

Examples:

  • Je fais mes devoirs.            I am doing my homework.
  • Je fais de l’anglais.            I am studying English.
  • Je fais du français.            I am studying French.

3) Faire = to prepare

Examples:

  • Je fais un gâteau.            I am making a cake.
  • Je fais un château de sable.            I am making a sandcastle.

4) Faire + de + activity (sports or leisure activities)

Examples:

  • Je fais du sport.            I am doing sports.
  • Je fais du judo.            I am doing judo.
  • Je fais de la danse.            I am dancing.
  • Je fais de l’équitation.         I am horseback riding.

5) Faire quoi dans la vie = What do you do for a living (profession)

Question:

  • Tu fais quoi dans la vie? What do you do for a living?

Answers:

  • Je suis employé(e).            I am employed.
  • Je suis étudiant(e).            I am a student.
  • Je suis retraité(e).            I am retired.
  • Je travaille comme serveur dans un café.            I work as a waiter in a cafe.

6) Faire quoi + project + time

Question:

  • Tu fais quoi demain?            What are you doing tomorrow?
  • Qu’est-ce que tu fais demain?            What are you doing tomorrow?
  • Que fais-tu demain?            What are you doing tomorrow?

Review the interrogative form in French.

Answer:

  • Demain, je fais un pique-nique.            Tomorrow, I am having a picnic.
  • Demain, je fais une randonnée avec des amis allemands.            Tomorrow, I am going hiking with German friends.

This lesson demonstrates the versatile uses of the verb faire in French, showing how it can be applied in various contexts from daily activities to professional life. Remember these examples as you practice speaking and writing in French.

Review and Conversation Practice

Review and Conversation Practice

Lesson 23: Review and Conversation Practice

Introduction

Welcome to Lesson 23, where we’ll consolidate our knowledge from previous lessons through review and conversation practice. This lesson is designed to reinforce your understanding of basic prepositions, the verb “aller,” country names in French, the present tense, frequency adverbs, possessive adjectives, common adjectives, discussing weather and time, hobbies and leisure activities, and directions and locations.

Review Highlights

➡︎ Basic Prepositions

Recall “à,” “de,” “sous,” “sur,” etc., and their uses in sentences.

➡︎ The Verb “Aller”

Practice conjugating “aller” and using it to discuss destinations.

➡︎  Countries in French

Review the names of countries and their corresponding prepositions.

➡︎ Present Tense

Reinforce the regular and irregular verbs in the present tense.

➡︎ Frequency Adverbs

Recall how to express frequency in activities.

➡︎ Possessive Adjectives

Practice using possessive adjectives in sentences to show ownership.

➡︎ Common Adjectives

Review the top 10 French adjectives and their correct gender and number agreement.

➡︎ Discussing Weather and Time

Recall how to talk about the weather and tell time in French.

➡︎ Hobbies and Leisure Activities

Review vocabulary related to common hobbies and leisure activities.

➡︎ Directions and Locations

Reinforce the expressions used to ask for and give directions.


🍀 Conversation Practice 🍀


Now, let’s apply what we’ve learned in some conversation scenarios. Each scenario combines elements from the lessons above.

Scenario 1: Meeting a New Friend

  • Discuss where you’re from, your hobbies, and how often you do them.

Scenario 2: Planning a Day Out

  • Use weather vocabulary to suggest activities and use directions to explain how to get to various locations.

Scenario 3: At a Party

  • Describe people at the party using adjectives, talk about relationships using possessive adjectives, and discuss plans using the verb “aller.”

Exercise: Create Your Dialogue

Choose one of the scenarios above and write a short dialogue, incorporating the grammar and vocabulary from previous lessons. Aim to use a variety of structures and expressions.

Conclusion

This lesson aimed to integrate and practice the French language skills we’ve developed. Continue practicing these scenarios, and don’t hesitate to mix elements from different lessons to build more complex and rich conversations. Bonne chance!

Directions in French

Directions in French

Lesson 23: Directions and Locations in French

Introduction

Navigating through directions and discussing locations are essential skills in any language. This lesson focuses on French phrases and vocabulary for finding your way around and describing where things are located, tailored for English speakers aiming to enhance their conversational abilities in French.

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Key Vocabulary and Phrases

Directions

French English
à gauche to the left
à droite to the right
tout droit straight ahead
en face de opposite
à côté de next to
derrière behind
devant in front of
près de near
loin de far from
entre between

Locations

French English
le parc the park
la bibliothèque the library
le supermarché the supermarket
la gare the train station
l’hôtel the hotel
le restaurant the restaurant
l’hôpital the hospital
l’école the school
la plage the beach
le cinéma the cinema

Asking for and Giving Directions in french

  • Où est… ? (Where is… ?)
  • Comment aller à… ? (How to get to… ?)
  • Pouvez-vous me dire où se trouve… ? (Can you tell me where… is located?)
  • Prenez la première rue à gauche. (Take the first street on the left.)
  • C’est tout droit. (It’s straight ahead.)

Model Phrases for Directions and Locations

French Phrase | English Translation

  • Où est… ? | Where is… ?
    • Où est la gare ? | Where is the train station?
  • Comment aller à… ? | How to get to… ?
    • Comment aller à la plage ? | How to get to the beach?
  • Pouvez-vous me dire où se trouve… ? | Can you tell me where… is located?
    • Pouvez-vous me dire où se trouve l’hôtel ? | Can you tell me where the hotel is located?
  • C’est à quelle distance de… ? | How far is it from… ?
    • C’est à quelle distance du centre-ville ? | How far is it from downtown?
  • Tournez à gauche/droite. | Turn left/right.
    • Tournez à gauche au feu. | Turn left at the light.
  • Allez tout droit. | Go straight ahead.
    • Allez tout droit jusqu’au rond-point. | Go straight ahead until the roundabout.
  • C’est à côté de… | It’s next to…
    • C’est à côté de la poste. | It’s next to the post office.
  • C’est en face de… | It’s opposite…
    • C’est en face du parc. | It’s opposite the park.
  • C’est derrière… | It’s behind…
    • C’est derrière le supermarché. | It’s behind the supermarket.
  • C’est devant… | It’s in front of…
    • C’est devant la bibliothèque. | It’s in front of the library.
  • C’est près de… | It’s near…
    • C’est près de l’école. | It’s near the school.
  • C’est loin de… | It’s far from…
    • C’est loin de la gare ? | Is it far from the train station?

These model phrases and their translations are designed to equip you with a variety of expressions for discussing directions and locations in French. By familiarizing yourself with these phrases, you’ll improve your navigational communication and your overall conversational fluency in French.

Now, we are going to practice directions in French.


🍀 PRACTICE DIRECTIONS IN FRENCH 🍀


Exercise 1: Translate to French

Translate the following sentences into French.

  1. Where is the nearest pharmacy?
  2. The park is behind the supermarket.
  3. Take the second street on the right, then continue straight.
  4. How far is the hotel from the train station?
  5. The library is opposite the school.
answers
  1. Où est la pharmacie la plus proche ?
  2. Le parc est derrière le supermarché.
  3. Prenez la deuxième rue à droite, puis continuez tout droit.
  4. À quelle distance se trouve l’hôtel de la gare ?
  5. La bibliothèque est en face de l’école.

Exercise 2: Fill in the Blank

Fill in the blanks with an appropriate direction or location.

  1. Le restaurant est ______ de la banque. (next to)
  2. Pour aller à la gare, tournez ______. (to the left)
  3. L’hôpital est ______ entre la bibliothèque et l’école. (located)
  4. Vous trouverez le cinéma ______ du parc. (near)
  5. La plage est ______ loin de l’hôtel. (not far from)
answers
  1. Le restaurant est à côté de la banque.
  2. Pour aller à la gare, tournez à gauche.
  3. L’hôpital est situé entre la bibliothèque et l’école.
  4. Vous trouverez le cinéma près du parc.
  5. La plage est peu loin de l’hôtel.

Exercise 3: Asking for Directions in French

Create dialogues asking for directions to two of the locations mentioned above, including both the question and the directions given as an answer. Extend this to create five unique dialogues.

answers

Dialogue 1:

  • Q: Excusez-moi, où est la plage la plus proche ?
  • A: Continuez tout droit, puis prenez la troisième rue à droite. La plage est juste là.

Dialogue 2:

  • Q: Pouvez-vous me dire comment aller au supermarché depuis ici ?
  • A: Bien sûr, allez tout droit jusqu’à la place, puis tournez à gauche. Le supermarché est en face de la poste.

Dialogue 3:

  • Q: Où se trouve l’hôpital, s’il vous plaît ?
  • A: L’hôpital est derrière la gare. Prenez cette rue jusqu’au bout, puis tournez à droite.

Dialogue 4:

  • Q: Comment puis-je arriver à la bibliothèque d’ici ?
  • A: Allez tout droit pendant deux blocs, puis la bibliothèque sera sur votre gauche, juste après le café.

Dialogue 5:

  • Q: Excusez-moi, je cherche l’école primaire.
  • A: L’école primaire ? Continuez tout droit et prenez la première à gauche. Vous ne pouvez pas la manquer, elle est à côté du parc.

Translation :

Dialogue 1:

  • Q: Excuse me, where is the nearest beach?
  • A: Go straight ahead, then take the third street on the right. The beach is right there.

Dialogue 2:

  • Q: Can you tell me how to get to the supermarket from here?
  • A: Of course, go straight ahead to the square, then turn left. The supermarket is opposite the post office.

Dialogue 3:

  • Q: Where is the hospital, please?
  • A: The hospital is behind the train station. Take this street all the way to the end, then turn right

Dialogue 4:

  • Q: How can I get to the library from here?
  • A: Go straight for two blocks, then the library will be on your left, just after the café.

Dialogue 5:

  • Q: Excuse me, I’m looking for the elementary school.
  • A: The elementary school? Go straight ahead and take the first on the left. You can’t miss it, it’s next to the park.

Keywords

  • Directions in French
  • French location vocabulary
  • Asking for directions French
  • French travel phrases
  • Learn French directions
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Hobbies and Leisure Activities in French

Hobbies and Leisure Activities in French: A Guide for English Speakers

Introduction

Diving into the world of hobbies and leisure activities in French is an exciting step towards broadening your conversational topics. This lesson focuses on introducing a variety of pastimes, providing you with the vocabulary and phrases needed to discuss your interests and inquire about others’ in French.

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Key Vocabulary and Phrases

Common Hobbies

  • La lecture (Reading)
    • J’aime lire des romans. (I like to read novels.)
  • Le sport (Sports)
    • Je joue au football le weekend. (I play soccer on weekends.)
    • J’aime jouer au baseball avec mes amis. I like playing baseball with my friends.”
  • La musique (Music)
    • Elle joue du piano. (She plays the piano.)
  • Le cinéma (Movies/Cinema)
    • Nous allons souvent au cinéma. (We often go to the movies.)
  • La cuisine (Cooking)
    • Il adore cuisiner des plats italiens. (He loves to cook Italian dishes.)
    • J’aime beaucoup faire de la pâtisserie. ( I like baking. )
  • Le voyage (Traveling)
    • Ils voyagent chaque année en Espagne. (They travel to Spain every year.)

Expressing Likes and Dislikes

  • J’adore… (I love…)
  • J’aime… (I like…)
  • Je n’aime pas… (I don’t like…)
  • Je déteste… (I hate…)

Asking About Hobbies

  • Quel est ton passe-temps préféré ? (What is your favorite hobby?)
  • Qu’est-ce que tu aimes faire pendant ton temps libre ? (What do you like to do in your free time?)
  • Tu joues d’un instrument de musique ? (Do you play a musical instrument?)

Verbs Related to Hobbies and Preferences

French Verb English Translation
aimer to like/love
adorer to love/adore
détester to hate
préférer to prefer
voyager to travel
cuisiner to cook
lire to read
jouer to play
nager to swim
courir to run
faire de la pâtisserie to bake
aller au cinéma to go to the movies
peindre to paint
écrire to write

Nouns Related to Hobbies and Activities

French Noun English Translation
la musique music
le sport sports
la lecture reading
la pâtisserie baking/pastry
le cinéma cinema/movies
la randonnée hiking
le dessin drawing
la danse dance
le football soccer/football
le baseball baseball
la marche walking
le vélo biking/cycling

This structured approach provides a clear division between actions (verbs) you might enjoy or dislike and the subjects or activities (nouns) you might be talking about. Adding verbs like “faire de la pâtisserie” (to bake) and “aller au cinéma” (to go to the movies) alongside hobbies such as “le football” (soccer/football) and “la marche” (walking) enriches your ability to discuss a wide range of leisure activities in French.


In French, expressing preferences, likes, and dislikes involves using the expressions “j’adore” (I love), “j’aime” (I like), “je n’aime pas” (I don’t like), and “je déteste” (I hate). These expressions can be followed by either a noun or a verb in the infinitive form, depending on what you’re referring to. Here’s how to use them grammatically:

➡︎ Followed by a Noun

When followed by a noun, these expressions directly state your preference towards a specific thing, activity, or concept.

  • J’adore le chocolat. (I love chocolate.)
  • J’aime la musique. (I like music.)
  • Je n’aime pas le froid. (I don’t like the cold.)
  • Je déteste les mensonges. (I hate lies.)

➡︎ Followed by a Verb in the Infinitive

When followed by a verb in the infinitive form, these expressions describe your feeling about an action or activity.

  • J’adore voyager. (I love to travel.)
  • J’aime lire. (I like to read.)
  • Je n’aime pas courir. (I don’t like to run.)
  • Je déteste attendre. (I hate to wait.)

📌 Key Points to Remember

  • When expressing likes or dislikes about a general activity or concept, use the infinitive form of the verb.
  • To talk about specific items, people, or concepts, follow the expressions with a noun.
  • The verb “aimer” can also be used in a more nuanced way to express love towards people, in which case it’s often used in the simple present tense (e.g., “J’aime mes amis” – I love my friends).

By understanding how to correctly use these expressions with both nouns and verbs, you can more accurately and richly express your preferences and feelings in French.


Exercises

Exercise 1: Translate to French

Translate the following sentences into French.

  1. I love to travel during my vacation.
  2. She hates cooking, but she loves baking.
  3. We like to watch movies on Friday nights.
answers
  1. J’adore voyager pendant mes vacances.
  2. Elle déteste cuisiner, mais elle adore faire de la pâtisserie.
  3. Nous aimons regarder des films les vendredis soirs.

Exercise 2: Fill in the Blank

Fill in the blanks with an appropriate hobby or leisure activity.

  1. J’adore _______ les magazines de mode. (I love reading fashion magazines.)
  2. Il déteste _______ mais adore _______ à la plage. (He hates swimming but loves sunbathing at the beach.)
  3. Nous aimons _______ dans les parcs. (We like walking in local parks.)
answers
  1. J’adore lire les magazines de mode. (I love reading fashion magazines.)
  2. Il déteste nager mais adore bronzer à la plage. (He hates swimming but loves sunbathing at the beach.)
  3. Nous aimons marcher dans les parcs. (We like walking in parks)

Exercise 3: Expressing Your Interests

Using the vocabulary provided, write sentences expressing your hobbies or asking someone about theirs.

  1. Write a sentence about a hobby you love.
  2. Ask a question about someone’s leisure activities.
answers

Exemples :

  1. J’aime lire.
  2. Est-ce que tu aimes lire ?

Conclusion

Discussing hobbies and leisure activities in French not only enriches your vocabulary but also opens up new avenues for engaging conversations. Practice these phrases and exercises to confidently talk about your interests and inquire about others’. Remember, sharing hobbies can be a great way to connect with native speakers and other learners alike. Bonne chance!

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Discussing Weather in French

Lesson 20: Discussing Weather in French

Introduction

Discussing weather in French is today’s focus in Lesson 20! This lesson, designed for English speakers, aims to enhance conversational skills in French. Learning to talk about the weather is essential for daily communication and planning activities. Welcome!

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Discussing the Weather in French

Key Vocabulary

FRench Phrase English Translation
Il fait chaud. It’s hot.
Il fait froid. It’s cold.
Il fait beau. The weather is nice.
Il fait mauvais. The weather is bad.
Il y a du brouillard. There is fog.
Il y a du vent. It’s windy.
Il y a du soleil. It’s sunny.
Il pleut. It’s raining.
Il neige. It’s snowing.
Il pleut des cordes. It’s pouring rain.
Il fait lourd. It’s muggy/humid.
Il gèle. It’s freezing.
Le ciel est couvert. The sky is overcast.
Il y a des éclairs. There are lightning flashes.
Il tonne. It’s thundering.

Here’s how to answer the question ‘What’s the weather like today?

Il fait quel temps aujourd’hui ? What’s the weather like today?

1.1 Using “Il fait” for General Conditions

  • Il fait chaud. (It’s hot.)
  • Il fait très chaud en été. (It’s very hot in summer.)
  • Il fait chaud aujourd’hui, n’est-ce pas ? (It’s hot today, isn’t it?)
  • Il fait froid. (It’s cold.)
  • Il fait trop froid pour sortir sans manteau. (It’s too cold to go out without a coat.)
  • Il fait froid ce matin. (It’s cold this morning.)
  • Il fait beau. (The weather is nice.)
  • Il fait beau au printemps. (The weather is nice in spring.)
  • Quand il fait beau, j’aime aller à la plage. (When the weather is nice, I like to go to the beach.)
  • Il fait mauvais. (The weather is bad.)
  • Il fait mauvais toute la semaine. (The weather is bad all week.)
  • Il fait souvent mauvais en novembre. (The weather is often bad in November.)

 

1.2 Using “Il y a” for Specific Phenomena

  • Il y a du brouillard. (There is fog.)
  • Il y a du brouillard sur la route ce matin. (There is fog on the road this morning.)
  • Il y a souvent du brouillard en automne. (There is often fog in autumn.)
  • Il y a du vent. (It’s windy.)
  • Il y a beaucoup de vent aujourd’hui. (It’s very windy today.)
  • Il y a du vent, ferme la fenêtre. (It’s windy, close the window.)
  • Il y a du soleil. (It’s sunny.)
  • Il y a du soleil, mettons de la crème solaire. (It’s sunny, let’s put on some sunscreen.)
  • Il y a enfin du soleil après une semaine de pluie. (There is finally sun after a week of rain.)

1.3 Using “Il + Verb” for Weather Actions

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  • Il pleut. (It’s raining.)
  • Il pleut, prends ton parapluie. (It’s raining, take your umbrella.)
  • Il pleut des cordes. (It’s pouring rain.)
  • Il neige. (It’s snowing.)
  • Il neige, l’école est annulée. (It’s snowing, school is cancelled.)
  • Regarde comme il neige ! (Look how it’s snowing!)

These expanded examples provide a richer understanding of how to discuss various weather conditions in French, adding depth to your vocabulary and conversational skills. Practice using these phrases to become more comfortable talking about the weather in French.

The Weather in French : conclusion

Discussing weather in French is a fundamental skill that will help you in daily conversations, making plans, and understanding forecasts. Practice these exercises to improve your fluency in discussing weather. Bonne chance!


Keywords: Discussing weather in French, French time expressions, Learn French, French vocabulary, French for English speakers

French Adverbs of Frequency

French Adverbs of Frequency

Mastering French Adverbs of Frequency: Essential Guide for English Speakers

Introduction

Welcome to our lesson on French adverbs of frequency! As an English speaker, understanding these adverbs is essential for describing how often activities or actions occur. Let’s dive into the most common French adverbs of frequency and their usage.

Understanding French Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of frequency in French are used to express how often something happens. They are usually placed after the verb they modify, but some can also appear at the beginning or end of a sentence.

The Most Common Adverbs of Frequency

  1. Toujours (Always)
    • Example:  Elle travaille toujours.  (She always works.)
    • Example:  Ils sont toujours en retard.  (They are always late.)
  2. Souvent (Often)
    • Example:  Nous voyageons souvent.  (We travel often.)
    • Example:  Il mange souvent au restaurant.  (He often eats at the restaurant.)
  3. Parfois (Sometimes)
    • Example:  Je lis parfois le soir.  (I sometimes read in the evening.)
    • Example:  Elle parle parfois anglais.  (She sometimes speaks English.)
  4. Rarement (Rarely)
    • Example:  Tu vas rarement au cinéma.  (You rarely go to the cinema.)
    • Example:  Nous utilisons rarement cette porte.  (We rarely use that door.)
  5. Jamais (Never)
    • Example:  Il ne voyage jamais.  (He never travels.)
    • Example:  Elle ne mange jamais de viande.  (She never eats meat.)

Exercises

Exercise 1: Translate to French

Translate the following English sentences into French using the correct adverbs of frequency.

  1. I often go to the park.
  2. They never watch television.
  3. She always drinks coffee in the morning.
  4. We sometimes play tennis on weekends.
  5. He rarely visits his grandparents.
answers
  1. Je vais souvent au parc.
  2. Ils ne regardent jamais la télévision.
  3. Elle boit toujours du café le matin.
  4. Nous jouons parfois au tennis le week-end.
  5. Il rend rarement visite à ses grands-parents.

Exercise 2: Choose the Correct Adverb

Fill in the blanks with the correct French adverb of frequency.

  1. Je regarde _____ des films étrangers. (sometimes)
  2. Elles vont _____ à la gym. (rarely)
  3. Nous avons _____ des devoirs. (always)
  4. Tu étudies _____ le français. (often)
  5. Il mange  _____ de la glace. (never)
answers
  1. Je regarde parfois des films étrangers.
  2. Elles vont rarement à la gym. (rarely)
  3. Nous avons toujours des devoirs. (always)
  4. Tu étudies souvent le français. (often)
  5. Il ne mange  jamais de la glace. (never)

Exercise 3: Sentence Construction

Create a sentence using each of the following French adverbs of frequency.

  1. Toujours
  2. Souvent
  3. Parfois
  4. Rarement
  5. Jamais
answers

Toujours (Always)

  1. Elle répond toujours rapidement aux emails. (She always responds quickly to emails.)
  2. Il mange toujours des céréales au petit-déjeuner.  (He always eats cereal for breakfast.)
  3. Nous arrivons toujours à l’heure pour les réunions. (We always arrive on time for meetings.)

Souvent (Often)

  1. Ils vont souvent au cinéma le vendredi soir. (They often go to the cinema on Friday nights.)
  2. Je lis souvent avant de dormir. (I often read before going to sleep.)
  3. Tu voyages souvent pour ton travail. (You often travel for your work.)

Parfois (Sometimes)

  1. Parfois, nous allons nous promener après le dîner. (Sometimes, we go for a walk after dinner.)
  2. Elle parle parfois en espagnol avec ses amis. (She sometimes speaks Spanish with her friends.)
  3. Il mange parfois végétarien. (He sometimes eats vegetarian.)

Rarement (Rarely)

  1. Nous mangeons rarement au restaurant. (We rarely eat at restaurants.)
  2. Il utilise rarement son ordinateur portable. (He rarely uses his laptop.)
  3. Tu regardes rarement la télévision. (You rarely watch television.)

Jamais (Never)

  1. Je ne manque jamais mes cours de yoga. (I never miss my yoga classes.)
  2. Il ne boit jamais de soda. (He never drinks soda.)
  3. Elle ne rate jamais une échéance. (She never misses a deadline.)

Conclusion

Mastering French adverbs of frequency is crucial for expressing the frequency of actions or events. Practice these exercises to improve your understanding and usage of these adverbs in everyday French. Bonne chance!

10 french adjectives

10 french adjectives

The Top 10 Most Used Adjectives in French: A Guide for English Speakers

Introduction

Welcome to our lesson on the top 10 most used adjectives in the French language! As an English speaker, learning these adjectives will not only enhance your vocabulary but also improve your ability to describe people, places, and things in French.

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Important Note on Adjective Placement

In French, these adjectives typically come before the noun they modify, unlike in English where adjectives usually follow the noun. This is a crucial aspect of French grammar to remember.

1. bon, bonne (Good)

  • Bon is used for masculine nouns: “un bon livre” (a good book).
  • Bonne is for feminine nouns: “une bonne idée” (a good idea).

2. grand, grande (Big, Tall)

  • Grand for masculine: “un grand arbre” (a big tree).
  • Grande for feminine: “une grande maison” (a big house).

3. petit, petite (Small, Little)

  • Petit for masculine: “un petit chien” (a small dog).
  • Petite for feminine: “une petite table” (a small table).

4. jeune (Young)

  • Used for both genders: “un jeune homme” (a young man), “une jeune femme” (a young woman).

5. vieux, vieille (Old)

  • Vieux for masculine: “un vieux livre” (an old book).
  • Vieille for feminine: “une vieille chaise” (an old chair).

6. beau, belle (Beautiful, Handsome)

  • Beau before masculine nouns: “un beau jardin” (a beautiful garden).
  • Belle for feminine: “une belle vue” (a beautiful view).

7. nouveau, nouvelle (New)

  • Nouveau for masculine: “un nouveau téléphone” (a new phone).
  • Nouvelle for feminine: “une nouvelle voiture” (a new car).

8. mauvais, mauvaise (Bad)

  • Mauvais for masculine: “un mauvais film” (a bad movie).
  • Mauvaise for feminine: “une mauvaise expérience” (a bad experience).

9. joli, jolie (Pretty)

  • Joli for masculine: “un joli tableau” (a pretty painting).
  • Jolie for feminine: “une jolie fleur” (a pretty flower).

10. long, longue (Long)

  • Long for masculine: “un long voyage” (a long journey).
  • Longue for feminine: “une longue histoire” (a long story).

Important

In French, the adjectives “nouveau,” “vieux,” and “beau” have special forms when followed by a masculine noun starting with a vowel or a mute ‘h.’ This rule is applied to facilitate pronunciation and to avoid an awkward pause between words. Here is the specific rule for each of these adjectives:

  1. Nouveau:
    • Becomes “nouvel” in front of a masculine noun starting with a vowel or a mute ‘h.’
    • Example: “un nouvel appartement” (a new apartment) instead of “un nouveau appartement.”
  2. Vieux:
    • Becomes “vieil” in the same case.
    • Example: “un vieil homme” (an old man) instead of “un vieux homme.”
  3. Beau:
    • Becomes “bel” before a masculine noun starting with a vowel or a mute ‘h.’
    • Example: “un bel arbre” (a beautiful tree) instead of “un beau arbre.”

These forms are only used in the masculine singular and before a noun starting with a vowel or a mute ‘h’ to improve the flow of pronunciation in French.

Adjective Special Form Used Before Example (Special Form)
nouveau nouvel Masculine noun starting with a vowel or mute ‘h’ un nouvel appartement
vieux vieil Masculine noun starting with a vowel or mute ‘h’ un vieil homme
beau bel Masculine noun starting with a vowel or mute ‘h’ un bel arbre

Practice

Exercise 1: Translate to French

Translate the following English sentences into French using the correct adjectives.

  1. A beautiful song.
  2. A tall tree.
  3. A small house.
  4. An old book.
  5. A good idea.
answers
  1. Une belle chanson.
  2. Un grand arbre.
  3. Une petite maison.
  4. Un vieux livre.
  5. Une bonne idée.

Exercise 2: Fill in the Blank

Fill in the blank in each French sentence with the correct adjective.

  1. “Une ______ voiture.” (a new car)
  2. “Un ______ garçon.” (a young boy)
  3. “Une ______ femme.” (an old woman)
  4. “Un ______ chat.” (a pretty cat)
  5. “Une ______ histoire.” (a long story)
answers
  1. Une nouvelle voiture.
  2. Un jeune garçon.
  3. Une vieille femme.
  4. Un joli chat.
  5. Une longue histoire.

Exercise 3: Choose the Correct Form

Choose the correct form of the adjective for each French sentence.

  1. Une (beau/belle) fleur.
  2. Un (nouveau/nouvelle) ami.
  3. Une (grand/grande) porte.
  4. Un (mauvais/mauvaise) rêve.
  5. Un (long/longue) film.
answers
  1. Une belle fleur.
  2. Un nouvel ami.
  3. Une grande porte.
  4. Un mauvais rêve.
  5. Un long film.

➡︎ Translation

  1. A beautiful flower.
  2. A new friend.
  3. A big door.
  4. A bad dream.
  5. A long movie.

Exercise 4 : Practice Using Special Forms of “Nouveau,” “Vieux,” and “Beau”

For this exercise, choose the correct special form of the adjectives “nouveau,” “vieux,” or “beau” to complete the sentences. Remember, these special forms are used before masculine nouns starting with a vowel or a mute ‘h’.

  1. Voici un (nouveau/nouvel) hôtel.
  2. Son oncle est un (vieux/vieil) ami de la famille.
  3. Tu regardes le (beau/bel) oiseau dans le jardin.
  4. C’est un (nouveau/nouvel) ordinateur.
  5. Le (vieux/vieil) arbre du jardin est toujours debout.
answers
  1. Voici un nouvel hôtel.
  2. Son oncle est un vieil ami de la famille.
  3. Tu regardes le bel oiseau dans le jardin.
  4. C’est un nouvel ordinateur.
  5. Le vieil arbre du jardin est toujours debout.

➡︎ Translation

  1. Here is a new hotel.”
  2. His/Her uncle is an old friend of the family.
  3. You are looking at the beautiful bird in the garden.
  4. It’s a new computer.
  5. The old tree in the garden is still standing.

Conclusion

Understanding and using these top 10 French adjectives will greatly aid your communication in French. Remember, adjectives in French must agree in gender and number with the nouns they describe. Happy learning and bonne chance!

French possessive adjectives

French possessive adjectives

French Possessive Adjectives: A Beginner’s Guide

Introduction

Welcome, dear students, to our lesson on French Possessive Adjectives. Today, we will explore these unique elements of the French language which are used to indicate ownership or relation. Remember, understanding possessive adjectives is crucial for expressing relationships between people and things in French.

Understanding French Possessive Adjectives

In French, possessive adjectives agree in gender (masculine, feminine) and number (singular, plural) with the noun they describe, not with the owner. This is different from English, where the adjective only reflects the owner.

Singular Forms of French Possessive Adjectives

  • Masculine:
    • “mon” (my) for masculine nouns. Example: “mon livre” (my book).
    • “ton” (your) for masculine nouns. Example: “ton chien” (your dog).
    • “son” (his/her) for masculine nouns. Example: “son vélo” (his/her bike).
  • Feminine:
    • “ma” (my) for feminine nouns. Example: “ma voiture” (my car).
    • “ta” (your) for feminine nouns. Example: “ta maison” (your house).
    • “sa” (his/her) for feminine nouns. Example: “sa robe” (his/her dress).

Note: Before a feminine noun starting with a vowel or silent ‘h’, use “mon”, “ton”, or “son” to avoid a hiatus. For example, “mon amie” (my friend – feminine).

Plural Forms

  • For all genders:
    • “mes” (my) for plural nouns. Example: “mes amis” (my friends).
    • “tes” (your) for plural nouns. Example: “tes livres” (your books).
    • “ses” (his/her) for plural nouns. Example: “ses chaussures” (his/her shoes).
Owner Singular (Masculine) Singular (Feminine) Singular (Before Vowel or Silent ‘h’) Plural (All Genders)
I (My) mon ma mon mes
You (Your) [singular, informal] ton ta ton tes
He/She (His/Her) son sa son ses
We (Our) notre notre notre nos
You (Your) [plural or formal] votre votre votre vos
They (Their) leur leur leur leurs

This table should help you quickly identify the correct possessive adjective in French based on the owner, the gender, and the number of the noun. Remember, the gender and number of the noun (not the owner) determine the form of the possessive adjective in French.

Differences from English

  1. Gender Agreement: In English, possessive adjectives do not change according to the object’s gender. For instance, “his car” and “his house” use “his” regardless of the gender of “car” or “house.”
  2. Plurality: In English, the possessive adjective changes only based on the owner (his/her/their), not the noun.

In French, a unique aspect arises when using the possessive adjectives “mon” (my), “ton” (your), and “son” (his/her) with feminine nouns that begin with a vowel or a silent ‘h’. Normally, these adjectives would change to “ma”, “ta”, and “sa” respectively for feminine nouns. However, to avoid the awkward sound caused by the vowel-on-vowel or vowel-on-silent ‘h’ collision, “mon”, “ton”, and “son” are used instead, regardless of the noun’s gender.

This rule is primarily for ease of pronunciation. In French, smooth flow in speech is often prioritized, and this adjustment helps to maintain a fluid and clear pronunciation.

For example:

  • “mon amie” (my friend – feminine) instead of “ma amie”.
  • “ton école” (your school – feminine) instead of “ta école”.
  • “son horloge” (his/her clock – feminine) instead of “sa horloge”.

It’s important to note that this adjustment is purely phonetic and does not change the gender of the noun. “Amie” is still feminine, but we use “mon” instead of “ma” for smoother pronunciation.

PRACTICE the French possessive adjectives

Exercise 1: Choose the Correct Possessive Adjective

Complete the following sentences with the correct possessive adjective in French.

  1. ______ (my) frère mesure 1 mètre 80.
  2. J’aime ______ (her) chaussures.
  3. Ils rencontrent ______ (their) voisine pour la première fois.
  4. ______ (our) école est très grande.
  5. Je cherche _____ (my) clés.
answers
  1. Mon frère mesure 1 mètre 80.
  2. J’aime ses chaussures.
  3. Ils rencontrent leur voisine pour la première fois.
  4. Notre école est très grande.
  5. Je cherche mes clés.

➡︎ Translation :

  1. My brother is 1 meter 80 tall.
  2. I like his/her shoes.
  3. They are meeting their neighbor for the first time.
  4. Our school is very big.
  5. I am looking for my keys.

Exercise 2: Translate into French

Translate the following sentences into French.

  1. Their cats are cute.
  2. I like your (singular, informal) garden.
  3. She is in her bedroom.
  4. We are going to see our grandmother.
  5. Do you (plural or formal) have your passports?
answers
  1. Leurs chats sont mignons.
  2. J’aime ton jardin.
  3. Elle est dans sa chambre.
  4. Nous allons voir notre grand-mère.
  5. Avez-vous vos passeports ?

Exercise 3: Complete with ‘son, sa, ses’

Complete the following text with ‘son’, ‘sa’, or ‘ses’.

  1. Marie regarde ______ (her) montre.
  2. Elle pose ______ (her) sac et quitte ______ (her) appartement.
  3. Elle rencontre ______ (her) amis au café.
  4. Marie parle de ______ (her) travail et de ______ (her) famille.
answers
  1. Marie regarde sa montre.
  2. Elle pose son sac et quitte son appartement.
  3. Elle rencontre ses amis au café.
  4. Marie parle de son travail et de sa famille.

➡︎ Translation :

  1. Marie looks at her watch.
  2. She puts down her bag and leaves her apartment.
  3. She meets her friends at the café.
  4. Marie talks about her job and her family.

Exercise 4: Complete with ‘mon, ma, mes’

Complete the following text with ‘mon’, ‘ma’, or ‘mes’.”

  1. Je cherche ______ (my) clés.
  2. J’ouvre ______ (my) voiture.
  3. ______ (my) amis m’invitent.
  4. Nous allons à ______ (my) bureau ensemble.
  5. Je retrouve _______ (my) clés dans _______ (my) école.
answers
  1. Je cherche mes clés.
  2. J’ouvre ma voiture.
  3. Mes amis m’invitent.
  4. Nous allons à mon bureau ensemble.
  5. Je retrouve mes clés dans mon école.

➡︎ Translation :

  1. I am looking for my keys.
  2. I open my car.
  3. My friends invite me.
  4. We are going to my office together.
  5. I find my keys in my school.

Exercise 5: Complete with ‘votre, vos’

Complete the following text with ‘votre’ or ‘vos’.

  1. Bonjour,  ______ (your, plural or formal) nom, s’il vous plaît ?
  2. ______ (Your, plural or formal) enfants sont-ils à l’école ?
  3. J’ai des questions sur ______ (your, plural or formal) projet.
  4. Avez-vous ______ (your, plural or formal) documents ?
  5. Nous allons visiter ______ (your, plural or formal) entreprise demain.
answers
  1. Bonjour,  votre nom, s’il vous plaît ?
  2. Vos enfants sont-ils à l’école ?
  3. J’ai des questions sur votre projet.
  4. Avez-vous vos documents ?
  5. Nous allons visiter votre  entreprise demain.

➡︎ Translation :

  1. Hello, your name, please?
  2. Are your children at school?
  3. I have some questions about your project.
  4. Do you have your documents?
  5. We are going to visit your company tomorrow.

Vocabulary used in the lesson on French possessive adjectives.

Vocabulary (French) Translation (English)
le frère (m) the brother
mesurer to measure
le mètre (m) the meter
les chaussures (f) the shoes
rencontrer to meet
la voisine (f) the neighbor (feminine)
l’école (f) the school
les clés (f) the keys
les chats (m) the cats
mignon cute
le jardin (m) the garden
la chambre (f) the bedroom
aller to go
la grand-mère (f) the grandmother
les passeports (m) the passports
la montre (f) the watch
le sac (m) the bag
l’appartement (m) the apartment
les amis (m) the friends
le café (m) the café
le travail (m) the work
la famille (f) the family
la voiture (f) the car
inviter to invite
le bureau (m) the office
l’école (f) the school
le nom (m) the name
les enfants (m) the children
le projet (m) the project
les documents (m) the documents
l’entreprise (f) the company

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present tense in french

Present Tense in French

French Lesson: Understanding the Present Tense in French and its Comparison with English

Introduction

Welcome back, students! Today, we’re going to deepen our understanding of the p.t  in French, and we’ll compare it with the present tense in English. This will help you grasp not just how to form the present tense, but also when and why to use it.

Understanding the Present Tense in French

In French, the present tense, known as “le présent,” is a versatile tense used in several contexts:

Current Actions:

Describes actions happening right now.

French English
Je mange. I eat. / I am eating.
Tu lis un livre. You read a book. / You are reading a book.
Nous écoutons de la musique. We listen to music. / We are listening to music.

Habitual Actions:

Describes regular, habitual actions.

French English
Il joue au tennis le samedi. He plays tennis on Saturdays.
Elle nage tous les matins. She swims every morning.
Ils étudient le français le lundi. They study French on Mondays.

General Truths:

States facts or general truths.

French English
L’eau bout à 100 degrés Celsius. Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius.
Les oiseaux chantent. Birds sing.
Le soleil se lève à l’est. The sun rises in the east.

Future Intentions (sometimes):

In French, the present tense can express near-future plans or intentions, which is not common in English.

French English
Je vais au cinéma ce soir. I am going to the cinema tonight.
Nous partons demain matin. We are leaving tomorrow morning.
Tu commences le travail la semaine prochaine. You are starting work next week.

Emotional States or Descriptions:

Expressing feelings or describing situations.

French English
Elle est heureuse. She is happy.
Ils sont fatigués. They are tired.
Le ciel est bleu. The sky is blue.

Differences Between French and English Present Tense

1. Continuous Actions:

    • In English, we often use the present continuous (I am doing) to describe ongoing actions. French does not have a continuous tense; it uses the simple present for both ongoing and habitual actions.
    • Example: Je lis un livre. (I am reading a book / I read a book.)

2. Near Future:

    • As mentioned, French sometimes uses the P.T  to express near-future actions, while English typically uses ‘going to’ or the present continuous.
    • Example: Nous partons demain. (We are leaving tomorrow.)

📌 Note that it is possible to express the near future with the verb ‘aller’ followed by the infinitive.


3. Habitual Actions:

    • Both languages use the P.T for habitual actions, but English often employs adverbs like ‘usually’ or ‘often’ for clarity.
    • Example: Il regarde la télé tous les soirs. (He watches TV every evening.)

Conclusion

Understanding the nuances of the P.T in both French and English is essential for effective communication. Remember, while there are similarities, the usage can differ significantly, particularly with continuous actions and near-future intentions.  Bonne chance! (Good luck!)

Countries and Capitals in French

Countries and Capitals in French

Global Demographics and Language: A Comparative Table of Countries and Capitals in French, and Nationalities in English and French

Countries and Capitals in French: Explore the diversity of our world with this comprehensive table showcasing 30 countries, ranked by demographic size. For each country, you’ll find its name in both English and French (complete with the definite article), along with the capital city and the French term for its citizens. This informative resource is ideal for anyone looking to enhance their geographical knowledge or language skills, offering a unique blend of demographic insights and linguistic details. Dive into this bilingual exploration and expand your understanding of global nations and their capitals, presented in both English and French.

Country (English) Country (French) Capital (French) demonym (French)
China la Chine Pékin Chinois(e)
India l’Inde New Delhi Indien(ne)
United States les États-Unis Washington D.C. Américain(e)
Indonesia l’Indonésie Jakarta Indonésien(ne)
Pakistan le Pakistan Islamabad Pakistanais(e)
Brazil le Brésil Brasília Brésilien(ne)
Nigeria le Nigeria Abuja Nigérian(e)
Bangladesh le Bangladesh Dacca Bangladais(e)
Russia la Russie Moscou Russe
Mexico le Mexique Mexico Mexicain(e)
Japan le Japon Tokyo Japonais(e)
Ethiopia l’Éthiopie Addis-Abeba Éthiopien(ne)
Philippines les Philippines Manille Philippin(e)
Egypt l’Égypte Le Caire Égyptien(ne)
Vietnam le Vietnam Hanoï Vietnamien(ne)
DR Congo la RD Congo Kinshasa Congolais(e)
Turkey la Turquie Ankara Turc(e)
Iran l’Iran Téhéran Iranien(ne)
Germany l’Allemagne Berlin Allemand(e)
Thailand la Thaïlande Bangkok Thaïlandais(e)
United Kingdom le Royaume-Uni Londres Britannique
France la France Paris Français(e)
Italy l’Italie Rome Italien(ne)
South Africa l’Afrique du Sud Pretoria Sud-Africain(e)
Tanzania la Tanzanie Dodoma Tanzanien(ne)
Myanmar le Myanmar Naypyidaw Birman(e)
South Korea la Corée du Sud Séoul Sud-Coréen(ne)
Colombia la Colombie Bogota Colombien(ne)
Kenya le Kenya Nairobi Kenyan(e)
Spain l’Espagne Madrid Espagnol(e)
Argentina l’Argentine Buenos Aires Argentin(e)

Conclusion

This table offers a unique perspective on the world’s countries and Capitals in French, blending demographic data with linguistic elements. By comparing the names of countries, their capitals, and nationalities in both English and French, it not only serves as a valuable resource for geographical information but also aids in language learning and cultural understanding. Whether you’re a student, a language enthusiast, or simply curious about the world, this compilation provides an engaging way to explore global diversity through the lens of two widely spoken languages.