Interpreting French Writing

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In French class, we’ve practiced countless interpretive techniques, involving interpersonal communications, spoken responses, interpreting audio, and of course, writing.

In my opinion, writing in French is the easiest of all of these, simply because you can create workarounds to words you don’t know and still be successful in expressing what you desire. When you are presented with a written piece and asked to interpret it (like we had to do for our final), though, it’s a whole other story.

You essentially have to work with what you are given, as there’s no getting around the way the text is written, and what the text consists of. Often, it won’t be written in a way that you’d be used to (especially if it’s a native text).

There are still several techniques that can be used though to get the most out of understanding a piece of writing and improving your comprehension as a whole.

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Talking In Tense 2: The Imparfait | French Connection

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Every single proper sentence (that is, includes a verb) that you say in French is spoken in one of several tense, and that makes learning each tense of utmost importance. Back in February, I covered the Passé Composé (past tense) and the future tense in this edition. In French recently, we learned a third one.

I consider the Imparfait (or imperfect) tense to be a variation of the past tense, so it’s important to differentiate the two. The Passé Composé speaks to a precise event, like going to the grocery store last Tuesday. The Imparfait can be best explained using childhood events. These were events that took place in the past, but repeated themselves over time (think of them like habits). For example, when I was younger, I loved playing with Legos. While each individual time I played legos can be defined using the passé composé, the act of playing Legos over a general amount of time can be used with the imparfait.

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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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