Dire Merci Notes
The word merci is, of course, one of the best ways of conveying politeness, and
its use is, by all means, to be encouraged.
Its usage, however, differs from that of English in at least one important way:
when one is offered something to e
LAlphabet Francais Notes
English and French share the same 26-letter Latin alphabet and, although this is
useful, it is also potentially troublesome.
First, French and English cognates may not be spelled the same.
French spellings must, therefore, be memo
Les Verbes En er Notes
All verb infinitives are made up of a stem and an ending.
To use verbs in the present tense, one removes the ending from the infinitive and
adds new endings to the resulting stem.
Verbs that use the same endings are often classified
Laccent et le rythme
Even more important than mastering any particular sound is the development of correct
habits to thre
Les Verbes En er Cont. Part 3
Before a vowel sound, the final n of on and the final s of nous, vous, ils, and
ells are pronounced and linked to the next word.
Vous (z)habitez ici?: Do you live here?
Chanter (une chanson): to sing (a song)
Il Y A Un Geste Notes
The French often raise the index finger and move it from side to side to
They also may indicate no by raising a hand, palm outward, or by shaking
their heads as do English speakers.
In France, however, the li
In this chapter, Nadeau and Barlow demonstrate how important agriculture is in France.
They remember a McDonalds opening up along the countryside. It was crowded with cars and
people trying to get inside. Then they noticed a group
Buts Communicatifs Notes
It is very important to try to tailor your language to fit the situation.
For example, with a friend or another student, you would normally ask, Ca va? Or
Comment ca va?
For someone whom you address as Monsieur, Madame, or Madamoi
Les Verbes En er Notes Cont.
Whether you are talking to a friend (tu), or about yourself (je), or about one or
more other persons (il, elle, ils, ells), the verb is pronounced the same because the
endings are silent.
Est-ce que tu patines bien?: Do you sk
Les Consonnes Finales Notes
A final (written) consonant is normally not pronounced in French
There are some words whose final consonant is always pronounced (many
words ending in c, f, l, or r, for instance).
When a consonant is followed by e within the s