French Connection | Y & En

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In this French Connection edition, I’ll be covering aspects of grammar that will make referring to various objects in French much more complicated initially, but much simpler and shorter in the end.

Here’s what we’ve been covering in French class, and what we’ll cover today:

  • Referring to locations in a natural, conversational way using y and en
  • Incorporating negation into y and en
  • Incorporating the past tense into y and en
  • Incorporating infinitives into y and en

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Food Preparation | French Connection

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One of the most defining aspects of French culture, and a topic we covered in class last year (sigh) and again this year (with the same vocabulary)… food. Luckily, I never wrote an article on the preparation of food itself (I believe), so I do have something to write about, if minimal.

What I did enjoy, though, was the deeper cultural exploration that took place in class, learning about the standards of food and the cultural significance that la nourriture holds over France. Between the exclusivity and symbolism of certain dishes to the prestige restaurants are held over, not to mention the unique environment and ways in which food is prepared and enjoyed (described as an artistry), the stark differences between French cuisine and that of the US are clear.

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Negating the Passé Composé & More | French Connection

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In the past, we’ve touched upon the passé using the verb avoir and être, but today, we’ll tie each of those concepts together by negating each kind, and discuss more regarding être in terms of the verbs that require être. Then, we’ll discuss several new vocabulary words.

Let’s get started.

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Preparing for the Holidays | French Connection

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The holidays are nearly here, and with it comes the final French Connection of the year!

We’ve been very busy in French class over the past few weeks, and so I’ll list some additional topics that we’ve discussed below that we won’t get to today.

The topics to be discussed today are in red:

  • Additional work with reflexive verbs (i.e. performing an action on SOMEONE ELSE)
    • This would be written similar to je vous écrire une lettre (I write you a letter)
  • Irregular forms of the passé composé using the verb avoir
    • I made a bonus Quizlet set based on this! Click here to access it!
  • Preparing for a party vocabulary
  • Asking for help

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Holidays & Gifts | French Connection

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Hi there!

While this edition might seem a bit early, I try to correlate my in-class learning with what I publish here.

This edition involves aspects of different holidays (like the 4th of July & Christmas), but also gives vocabulary on different types of gifts for any occasion. Finally, you’ll learn a few phrases that will help you communicate using this vocabulary.

So, here’s the run down. Remember- the topics covered today are in red.

  • Aspects of various holidays
  • Vocabulary regarding gift-giving
  • Communication regarding gift-giving and holidays
  • Clothing Vocabulary (Review)
  • Communication regarding clothing and shopping (Review)

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Using Reflexive Verbs in the Past, Present, and Future | French Connection

New French Connection LogoBonjour! Welcome to another edition of French Connection. Three weeks ago, I discussed using reflexive verbs. They are used when you describe something you do upon yourself, like brushing your teeth, and are extremely useful when describing your routine.

As usual, these are the topics that we have covered in French these past few weeks. In red are the topics we will cover today, and in black are topics that you might want to research on your own.

  • Making commands using reflexive verbs
  • Using reflexive verbs in the past tense
  • Differentiating between positive and negative adjectives & their meanings
  • Additional vocabulary related to jobs, as well as learning the difference between cognates 

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Reflexive Verbs, Beauty, Routine & More | French Connection

New French Connection Logo.pngGood morning, and welcome to the beginning of the fall edition of 12 and Beyond’s original series, French Connection.

While the first week or so of French encompassed review of the previous year, we soon started work on our first unit: Beauty & Daily Routine. That, along with reflexive verbs, is today’s topic. Other than that, I don’t have anything else to share regarding this week’s French Class recap.

Read on for more of this lesson!

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French Connection: Fall 2017 | Announcement

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As I’ve found customary with French, during the first two weeks of school, we spend class reviewing content from the previous year. And unfortunately, that consists of content I’ve already covered on 12 and Beyond, like talking in the past tenseconjugating verbs, and more.

So, I thought I’d take the chance and give a formal announcement to the new and redesigned French Connection, which premieres October 2nd. It now follows a similar format to It All Adds Up with biweekly recaps on topics we discussed in class, a lesson on one particular French subject (whether it be speaking procedures, vocabulary, or French culture), which will, like before, be converted into an interactive study set over on Quizlet. For more details on that, please visit the “Quizlet” page.

French Connection will release every other Monday at 6am EST.

Until then, you can check out previous French Connection lessons by clicking here.

Thanks for reading!

Gabe

Parts of the Body | French Connection

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Hi there, and welcome to French Connection! In this edition, I have created an awesome diagram to teach you the parts of the body. In addition to that, I’ll also be teaching you about different emotions, since it (somewhat) goes along.

In the diagram you see below, I’ve labeled many different parts of the body with a number, and I’ll display a reference table thereafter with each French term and English equivalent.

Parts of the body are essential when learning the French language, especially in medical emergencies. The same goes for emotions, which are part of our personalities. Using these vocabulary words, they’ll definitely assist in conversations and with expressing how you feel.

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