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.

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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.

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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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French Connection: Directions & The Verbs Voir & Devoir

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As I continue to explore the unit on Locations, I have two important topics to discuss today: giving and asking for directions, and using the verbs voir and devoir.

Asking For Directions

It’s extremely important that when you visit a foreign-language country, you either know how to get around, or how to ask for directions. If you ever forget how to ask for directions, though, you can always resort to le plan.

Here are a few useful phrases:

Excuse me, sir/ma’am… = Excusez-moi / Pardon, monsieur / madame…

For example, in order to ask a man where the bank is, you might say:

Excusez-moi monsieur, où est la banque? 


I’m looking for… = Je cherche…

The phrase above uses the verb chercher in the je form. You can conjugate this (as a regular -er verb) depending on the pronoun, as in the sentence Nous cherchons la pharmacie.

Do you know where I’d find… = Savez-vous où se trouve/où est…

You might say… Savez-vous où se trouve le marché?

Can you tell me where there’s… = Est-ce que vous pouvez me dire où il y a…

Remember, il y a means there is/are. You might say… Est-ce que nous pouvez me dire où il y a l’ecole? (Do you know where there is the school?)

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French Connection: Locations

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Good morning!

Recently in French class, we’ve started an entirely new unit, on locations around town and on giving directions. Since I’ll be taking a month-long posting break in June, I’ll be covering this particular unit in two parts: this edition, and the one that releases in two weeks. After that (and this is another benefit of taking June off), I’ll be able to gather a lot of extra material from school for both French Connection and It All Adds Up during the summer.

Unlike the last edition, today’s French Connection will be largely vocabulary-based, but the vocabulary featured will be of great use to you if you ever visit France, or ask for directions.

Les Endroits (Places)

In the French language, there are many words that are cognates, or words that largely resemble the same word in English, like the pharmacy and la pharmacie. Then, there are others like l’eglise and the church that bear no resemblance to each other. Some are easy to identify, others you have to memorize. You should also note whether a word has la, le, les, or l’ in front of it (words have genders!)

For a quick review:

  • Le means that a singular noun is masculine, typically ends in a consonant (with exceptions)
  • La means that a singular noun is feminine, typically ends in an e (with exceptions)
  • Les means that a noun is plural, and can be used on both masc. and fem. nouns
  • L’ means the same as le or la, but is used when the noun starts with a vowel

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French Connection: Conjugating ER, IR, and RE Verbs

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Good morning! I have a pretty long list of things to cover in this edition of French Connection, so lets get started! One note: I have to do some more research and confirm information on conjugating IR verbs, so that will be featured in a future episode.

Here is what I’ll be covering today:

  • Conjugating ER and RE verbs (a review from previous editions, done right)
  • Writing RE and IR verbs in the past tense, and how to do so
  • A brief introduction into irregular verbs and their past tense forms

When I mention an ER, RE or IR verb, I am speaking of verbs that end in that particular ending in their infinitive (original form, usually preluded by to ___, such as to dance)

Remember, it wouldn’t make sense to say Je danser. The verb danser, which is an ER verb, means (precisely) to dance. Therefore, by saying Je danser, we are essentially saying “I to dance”. To fix this, we have to change the verb (or conjugate it) into it’s appropriate pronoun.

In French, we use six basic pronouns, and each have their own specific conjugations. The six that we use are: Je (I), Tu (You, informal), Il/Elle/On (He/She/One), Nous (We), Vous (You, plural or formal) and Ils/Elles (They).

Note: Il/Elle/On share the same conjugation, and Its/Elles share the same conjugation. When we use the pronoun Ils, we are speaking of a group that contains at least one male. When we use the pronoun Elles, we are speaking of a group that contains all females.

How To Conjugate An -ER Verb

In any verb, to conjugate it into it’s pronoun form, you first remove the ending. Let’s take chanter, another ER verb that means to sing. After removing the -er ending, you are left with chant. The step we just practiced applies to every pronoun, though the letters that we replace the ending with depend on the pronoun.

For Je, we simple add an e at the end. To say I sing, we take the pronoun (je), followed by the verb chanter, which we remove the -er ending from (chant), and then add an e (change). (Je chante)

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French Connection: Houses


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Good afternoon! Today, I will be discussing several topics related to a house, un maison.  I’ll also be sharing vocabulary in a new format- instead of just listing vocabulary, I’ll incorporate the vocabulary, using italicized text, into regular sentences. Let’s start with each room, un piece, that you might need to know. For example, as you enter your house, you go through the entry-way, le foyer. Just before, though, you walked through the yard to pick up leaves, des feuilles, from the yard, le jardin. (This can also be used to describe the garden)

Let’s say it is a school day- you drop your backpack, un sac a dos, off in the living room, le salon, before grabbing an apple, une pomme, from the kitchen, la cuisine. At first, you sit down in the game room, la salle de jeux, hoping to sneak in some time on your phone. However, your mom, ta mere, catches you and tells you to do your homework, les devoirs. So, you travel up the stairs, les escaliers, and head into your bedroom, la chambre. After finishing your apple, you head into the washroom, la salle de bain, (quick lesson: in France, the sink and toilet, la toilette, are separate from each other, so use the correct term!)

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