Archive for the ‘FUN WITH FRENCH’ Category

VALENTINE’S DAY PUZZLE IN FRENCH

HERE IS A FUN PUZZLE YOU  CAN HAVE YOUR KIDS COMPLETE IN FRENCH.  ASK THEM TO LOOK UP THE WORDS IN A FRENCH DICTIONARY.  I WILL POST THE ANSWERS TOMORROW NIGHT.

NOTE:  BE SURE TO SKIP A SPACE BETWEEN  THE SUBJECT PRONOUNS /POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES / DEFINITE ARTICLES  AND THE WORD.  EXAMPLE-  MA MAISON- MY  HOUSE -YOU WOULD SKIP A SPACE BEFORE WRITING MAISON.

KEEP YOUR YOUNG ONES BUSY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AN AUDIO ON HOW TO PRONOUNCE THE FRUITS ON THE ACTIVITY SHEET:
A0000025When my three children were younger, I kept them very busy doing fun activities. Hope your little one will enjoy the activity page below. Look for more activity pages during the holiday season, I will be posting some of my favorite ones. HAPPY ACTIVITY!

THE PLURAL FORMS OF ÊTRE

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By now you should have mastered the singular form of the verb être. Today we are looking at the plural forms.
Nous sommes- We are
Vous êtes- You are (more than one)
ILS sont- They group of boys and girls are
Elles sont- They the girls are.
Sample sentences
Nous sommes étudiants à Denver Colorado.- We are students in Denver Colorado
Vous êtes gentiles- You are nice.
ILS sont grands- They are tall.
Elles sont jolies- They (girls) are pretty.

Next lesson we will cover adjectives. Happy study everyone!

THE VERB ÊTRE IN FRENCH

 

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The verb être is a very important verb in the French language.  It is used in daily conversations.

ÊTRE-TOBE

Je suis
Tu es
Il est
Elle est
Nous Sommes
Vous êtes
Ils sont
Elles sont

In many of my previous post I used the verb être to describe and say thing about others.  Notice when saying something about yourself you also use the être.  Here are some examples

Je suis Haïtienne- I am Haïtien
Je suis petite-  I am short
Je suis mince-  I am thin or skinny

Here is where learning when to use the subject pronouns comes in handy.  In my previous posts we covered in details when to use the subject pronouns, now we are ready to study verbs.

Make no mistake; you MUST UNDERSTAND how to use verbs before you can master a new language.

I used the subject pronoun JE to say something about myself
The subject TU is used when someone is talking directly to you
Tu es Haïtienne? – Are you Haitian?

The subject IL is used when speaking about a male
IL est Haïtien ? – Is he Haitian?

The subject Elle is used when speaking about a girl
Elle est Haïtienne? – Is she Haitian?

Please take the time to review this information.  My next post I will cover the plural forms of être.

USING THE PLURAL PRONOUNS ILS/ELLES IN FRENCH

THE PRONOUNS ILS/ELLES IN FRENCH

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Ils and elles are the plural forms of il/elle.  When speaking about more than one you use these plural forms.   ILS- Used when speaking about  a mixed group of boys and girls.

EXAMPLES:  Marie et Paul sont  américains- Ils sont américain- They are Americans(Marie and Paul)

Halle Berry et Morgan Freeman sont acteurs américains- Ils ont acteurs américains. They are Americans
actors.(Halle Berry and Morgan Freeman are American actors)

ELLES-Used when speaking about a group of girls only.

EXAMPLES: Halle Berry et Julia Roberts sont actrices américaines-Elles sont actrices américaines(They are American actresses)

Jennifer Aniston et  Sharon Stone sont blondes- Elles sont blondes( They are blonds)

Learning when to use these pronouns will enable you to speak about people correctly.  It can be very embarrassing to use he when you  mean she and vice versa. 

Happy Study!

USING THE SINGULAR PRONOUNS IL/ELLE IN FRENCH

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Today we will discuss using the third person singular pronouns  IL/ELLE

These two pronouns are used when speaking or saying something about a person, place or thing.

IL-Used for masculine person , place or thing:  Il est grand- He is tall, 

ELLE- Used for feminine  person , place or thing:  Elle est blonde et petite- She is blond and thin.

Remember you always use the third person singular form to say something about a person or thing.

Let’s practice the folowing sentences:

(Halle Berry) Elle est jolie et brune-   She is pretty and is a brunette.

(Britney Spears)  Elle est chanteuse et blonde- She is a singer and blond.

(Angelina Jolie)  Elle est actrice et grande-  She is an actress and tall.

(Whoopi Goldberg)  Elle est noire- She is black.

(Tyler Perry) Il est  grand et beau- He is tall and handsome.

(Brad Pitt) I l est blond- He is blond.

(Denzel Washington)  Il est acteur- He is an actor.

(Chris Rock)  Il est comedien- He is a comedian.

TIP OF THE DAY:  AS YOU LISTEN TO THE AUDIO RECORDING VISUALIZE WHAT EACH SENTENCE MEANS AND REPRESENTS.  HAPPY STUDY!

USING THE PRONOUNS JE/NOUS TO SPEAK

Today we will focus on the pronouns JE and NOUS.  The pronoun JE is used when you the speaker is saying something- Always 1st person singular.

EXAMPLES:  1.JE parle  chinois. I speak Chinese.  2. Je travaille. I am working. 3.Je danse- I am dancing. 4. Je mange la pizza. I am eating the pizza. 5. Je bois le coca cola- I am drinking the coke.

The pronoun NOUS is used when the speaker includes herself/himself in the conversation- Always  1st person plural

1.Nous parlons chinois- We speak Chinese. 2.Nous travaillons- We are working 3.Nous dansons- We are dancing. 4.Nous mangeons la pizza-We are eating the pizza. 5. Nous buvons le coca cola- We are drinking the coke.

These two pronouns are very important to know and undertand  because they are used in daily conversation.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AN AUDIO ON HOW TO PRONOUNCE THE ABOVE SENTENCES:  A0000015

TIP OF THE DAY:  Make flashcards of the above sentences/ either draw or print out pictures from the internet that represent each sentence.  As you listen to the audio  take the time to look over the flashcards, this will help you learn the material a lot faster.  This is a proven method  I have used in my classroom for the past 25 years.

BASIC GREETINGS IN FRENCH

  • CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO RECORDING OF BASIC GREETINGS IN FRENCH: A0000013 
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  •  WHEN SPEAKING WITH SOMEONE YOU KNOW- INFORMAL
  • RÉPETEZ APRÈS MOI.(Reapeat after me
    Bonjour!
    Salut ! Ça va?
    Ça va très bien, merci.
    Comment t’appelles-tu?
    Je m’appelle ( Name) _____.
    Quel âge as-tu?
    J’ai (number) ______ans.
    Moi, j’ai (number) _____ ans.
    Merci, à bientôt!
    au revoir!
  • Practice
    Matching
    __1. Au revoir!                                                                                               A. What is your name
    __2. Bonjour.                                                                                                  B. Delighted/ Nice to meet you
    __3. Enchanté(e)                                                                                           C. My name is
    __4. Comment vousappellez-vous                                                        D. See you tomorrow
    __5. Je m’appelle                                                                                          E. Good-bye
    __6. Á demain                                                                                                F. Hello
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  • Put the conversation in logical order.
    _____ Enchanté,  Marie. Je m’appelle Henri.
    _____ Bonjour. Je m’appelle Marie.
    _____ Comment vous appellez-vous?
    _____ Au revoir Henri.
  • The Formal form is used to speak to someone  you do not call by first name.

  •  Comment vous- appellez-vous?- What is your name?
  • Je m’appelle- My name is…
  • comment allez-vous? -How are you?
  • Answering

    • Je vais bien (I am fine)
    •  Bien, merci (Fine, thanks)
    • Bien, et vous? (Fine, and you?)
    • Je vais bien merci, et vous? (I am fine thank you, and you?).

    THE ROLE OF SELF-ESTEEM IN LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

    Ever wonder why it is so very easy for a young child to master a new language? It is because children are not easily intimidated, they are eager to learn and most importantly they do not care if they make mistakes. This carefree attitude is essential for language acquisition. Learning a new language requires a certain amount of risk taking. Not everyone feels comfortable speaking in front of other people, especially strangers. The learning environment has to be a place that is conducive to risk taking. It is the responsibility of the instructor to determine how he or she will make the classroom a safe place for all learners to feel comfortable and welcomed.

    Once a student feels comfortable he or she can thus begin to open up so he or she can start the process of acquiring the skills necessary to learn how to speak the language. Since language is a set of skills to be acquired; the student must be given ample opportunities to practice over and over again. That is why chain drills are very important. Before long, the student will develop a huge sense of accomplishment, and with that comes the building up of his/her self-esteem.

    I have had students who flatly refused to participate in the chain drill activities. They reasoned that they do not want to make a fool of themselves. Consequently, the students in question failed the class and ended up dropping it at the end of first semester. What I learned from these situations is that students with low self-esteem are too afraid to make mistakes; they are usually very shy and keep to themselves.

    Early on in my teaching career, I was able to achieve great successes with the students who were risk takers; most of these students had very high self-esteem. They had achieved a high degree o f success in other areas, so it was easy for them to apply that in my class too. High self-esteem and desire to learn goes hand in hand, you can’t have one without the other. Both are essential for acquiring the skills necessary to learn a new language.

    BEST WAY TO ACHIEVE ORAL PROFICIENCY IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

    How many times do you hear people say, “I studied this or that language for two years but I can’t speak a word of it.” I would like to share some thoughts on this subject. The artificial classroom scene is not an ideal place to master a second language. Most people feel very unsure and even foolish because they have to give up the security of their native tongue in order to learn the new language. Additionally, people may suffer a huge blow to their self-esteem which can make it even more difficult to learn the new language. How do you overcome these obstacles? It is not good enough to simply memorize vocabulary, verbs and such, it is more important for the language experience to be as real as possible. The best way to accomplish this is through active meaningful oral work. Oral work should consist of exchange of ideas, experiences and emotions.

    I have been able to achieve great success with my students by providing them with meaningful experiences through active speaking. This is done through chain drills one of the most useful ways to teach new learners how to communicate effectively. The goal is to give the student ample opportunities to engage in conversation that he or she can relate to. Every topic being covered can easily be adopted in a meaningful way. Here are some examples:

    GREETINGS-

    Teacher is not dominating the procedure, students are required to answer a question, and then that student turns to his or her neighbor and asks the same question. Je m’appelle Nicole. Et toi, comment t’appelles tu?-My name is Nicole. And you, what is your name? This continues until everyone has had a turn. This exercise may seem very childish and simplistic, but is very effective because the student is exchanging personal information.

    FOOD ITEMS:

    Everyone loves to eat; the same kind of drill can be used to foster oral proficiency. Students can thus bring in pictures of their favorite foods.

    Lastly, the language experience should model real life experience as much as possible. After all, we all learned our native tongue quite naturally by learning how to speak first.