Friday, 28 December 2012
Monday, 24 December 2012
Pour déposer dans mes doux souliers
Quelques surprises, quelques jouets
Quand les flocons blancs tourbillonneront dans le ciel
Et quand le sapin resplendira de lumières
Alors je serais que c'est le moment
D'aller m'endormir dans un lit douillet
Et bien sur quand je me réveillerai
Je trouverai dans mes souliers quelques jouets
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Consider a scenario where you are hosting a few friends at a Christmas party or are about to meet your French friends at a gathering. It will be an amazing idea to impress them with your French language skills. Albeit you do not need to get a Masters in French literature but knowing how to speak, listen to and correspond can be thrilling enough.
If you are visiting France anytime soon, for Christmas or for some other reason, knowing the French language would be immensely helpful. When in Paris, you would perhaps find most people being able to speak and correspond in English but as you go farther from Paris and explore the country sides, small towns and villages, you would need the help of your French language skills. Foreign tourists in France were predominantly restricted to Paris but the real picturesque France and the true essence of French culture can be best experienced when you hit the road and explore the small towns and remote areas.
French language is also one of the sweetest languages in the world and learning it can be a very fulfilling experience.
Saturday, 15 December 2012
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Friday, 30 November 2012
Monday, 26 November 2012
Nearly eighty million people in the world speak French, and it is among the most popular modern languages spoken today. Not only is the French language spoken throughout Europe, but it also widely spoken throughout Canada and even in some places in the U.S. (such as New Orleans, where the French language gave birth to the Creole culture). Nearly thirty countries all over the world have chosen French as their official language, as have over a dozen dependent territories, so it is easy to see that it is not only beloved in its native land, but around the globe as well. This is probably why so many people choose it as their second language—it is well-known in many places, and it is a very useful language to know when traveling. People who become fluent in French have a definite advantage because it is more of a universal language than an obscure one. If they become lost while abroad, the chances that they will find someone who speaks French in order to ask them for help is much better than it would be of finding someone who speaks Mandarin or Japanese.
The French language is also one of the fast-growing business languages in the world. French is becoming more popular in America along the Canadian border as Americans look to their neighbors in the north for employment. Nearly a quarter of the Canadian populace speaks French, and this would be a definite advantage to anyone traveling there for the purpose of finding a job. From fun to business and so much more, the French language is one of the most popular in the world, with more and more people learning the language of love each and every day.
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Monday, 12 November 2012
Sunday, 4 November 2012
Firstly, try making a deck of cards with English sentences or words on them. These should be words that you already know, or that your students already know. You could play a game where you randomly select a card and choose a student to say that word or phrase in French. Equally, if your studying on your own, then write down words and phrases that you know in French, but use the equivalent terms in English. Flick through the cards, select a random one and speak the English word/phrase in French. If you do this regularly, you'll soon begin picking up fluent English/French translation and your ability to speak French will greatly improve.
Typically speaking, the human mind benefits the most from visual aids, as opposed to hearing somebody say it out loud. As such, you should always try and use visual aids wherever possible. You could for example, invest in computer software which teaches French through a program. They will usually speak the words or phrases and display the French spelling of those words - which will let you get an idea of how to pronounce it, and spell it.
Learning French through using French learning resources can be a great way to get engaged.
French Learning Resources
Saturday, 3 November 2012
Today's poem is " La Coccinelle et la goutte d'eau" by Almaya
And the slang word I chose is one that my Grandmother used a lot
Have a lovely weekend
Monday, 29 October 2012
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Today's pick is a cute little poem about Halloween.....again
And the slang word is a happy one
I wish you a very relaxing weekend
Thursday, 25 October 2012
The children wore costumes and, pumpkins were carved and lighted up.
Monday, 22 October 2012
Teach children the basics first. You do not want to bore them with advance lessons.
Start with the alphabet and then with the numbers. Once you are certain that they have mastered it, you can then move to the simpler words (animals, food, colours...). Theaching children French can be really fun and satisfying to do. When your kids grow up, it will help them boost their confidence as well as boost their chances of getting a good job. Being able to speak multiple languages is a plus factor, especially French. It can definitely add a certain appeal when a person speaks it fluently.
Flashcards with Pronunciation
Posters with Pronunciation
Saturday, 20 October 2012
My weekly poem has been posted on the following page http://frenchhandmadeteachingresources.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/french-poems-for-children.html
It is an Halloween poem which I like very much. I hope you will too.
I also added 2 slang words. Have a great weekend.
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
The word schoolbag is relatively new. Until the end of the 20th century satchel, was the term children used to describe the bag which carried their text books and their school supplies.
In France, however the word cartable has not lost its flavour, on the contrary it is now used when talking about a server online or a USB key ( le cartable électronique).
Monday, 15 October 2012
There are four easy steps for everyone who has the heart and the interest to go learning French verbs.
They are easy and simple steps that will lead you to mastery and perfection when followed accordingly.
Get a French verb handbook.
The handbook is a very essential thing you need to have when you want to learn French verbs the fast and easy way. With the handbook, you will have the source on the different key verbs, the index that contains thousands of verbs such as model verbs, irregular verbs, etc. The handbook will also teach you different ways by which a particular type of verb is conjugated. So instead of browsing the internet for the French verb guide, it is still best to make use of the paper, the handbook so to speak.
Focus your attention to irregular verbs
When making use of the different tenses such as past, present, and future tenses, conjugation is highly required. Through conjugation, the form of the verb is being modified making it much easier for you to understand and memorize them. The same rule also applies to the different pronouns such as I, you, he, she, etc.
Focus on the major tenses
Based on your handbook you will see that there are sixteen tables designated for each verb. However, you will realize that some are rarely used especially when spoken. The tables can be downright confusing. It is advisable to get by at least four or five of them and that suffices. Keep in mind to learn the present tenses of French verbs because they are considered as the most flexible among all other forms of verbs in the French language.
Focus on the more commonly used verbs
You will learn from the start that French verbs consist of thousands and thousands of verbs, yet only less than a hundred are used in an everyday conversation. As a matter of fact, only nine irregular verbs account for about forty per cent of all the verbs used in an ordinary conversation. Such irregular verbs include être, faire, avoir, aller, dire, savoir, pouvoir, vouloir and devoir. In short, if you already speak a little bit of French, you would use or encounter these verbs frequently. Of course when you want to go learning French verbs, you want to make sure you're learning by heart.
Verb Posters with Pronunciation
Ex: Mets ton falzard
La bécane - bicycle
Le gamin - child
La valoche - Suitcase
Le bahut - Sideboard
Ex. Ce vieux bahut
Un soupçon - A little
Ex. J'en prends un soupçon
La clope - Cigarette
Ex. Il fume sa clope
La bouffe - Food
Ex. Achète la bouffe
La flotte - Rain
Ex. Sous la flotte
Rafistoler - To mend
Ex. Il rafistole son pantalon
Le pieu - The bed
Ex. Je vais au pieu
Jaser - To gossip
Ex. Elles jasent toute la journée
Le barouf - the noise
Ex. Ils font un tel barouf!!
La loupiote - little light
Ex. Allume ta loupiote
La frousse - to be frightened
Ex. J'ai la frousse
Se bidonner - to laugh heartily
Ex. Je me bidonne
Turbiner - to work
Ex. Il turbine toute l'année
Se balader - to go for a walk
Ex. Je me balade dans le parc
Se barrer - to leave/to escape
Ex. Je me barre tous les soirs
Déguster - to suffer
Ex. Ce que je déguste avec elle!!
Le pépin - umbrella
Le pif - nose
Le bouquin - book
La godasse - shoe
Le fric - money
Le canard - Newspaper
La bicoque - House
La nippe - Item of clothing
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Looking back to the Vintage School Days, we can immediately notice how much has changed in the learning process. Going back several decades, the books were much more basic and compact. The pages were stuffed with small font's in order to cram as much information in as possible. In the Vintage School Days, there was little to no research about the human brain. Scientists did not understand how children learned, and how they could further improve their learning experience.
It was used by children of 10 and 11 years old
As you can probably notice today, the ability to contrast between different colors in a book is a great visual aid.
While times have changed, and learning resources have been more extensively developed for the better, some material from the Vintage School Days are still extremely similar to what we have available to us today.
Home studying can sometimes be boring and unexciting since you don’t have your friends that will make it more enjoyable for you. But it also has many advantages such as allowing the students to learn at their own pace and letting them create their own style of learning. Learning about the things you like is truly a different matter. It seduces your interest in learning and captures your imagination into creating unique but effective ways of learning.
French language is the primarily language spoken in 29 different countries including France. Most people consider French to be one of the languages that are difficult to learn. But it sure is interesting, exciting and challenging. Time, effort, and patience are what you need to achieve your very main goal which is to learn the French language.
Still, the French Language is also one of the most beautiful languages spoken around the world even though it is quite difficult to learn. But don’t you worry for here are some tips you will need to make your home learning easy and fun.
Easy and fun, right? Why don’t you start now and have fun while learning the French language. Fun and learning could definitely work hand in hand. Just follow the tips above and you’ll surely learn how to speak in French in less time than what you have expected. Also, remember these phrases: Small steps can lead to big accomplishments. Vouloir, c’est pouvoir. Profitez de l’apprentisage!