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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French Connection Basics Quizlet Addition #1


Hi! This is pretty big, and I’ve worked for quite a while on doing this. As you may have noticed, there is a page titled “French Connection Basics” on my quizlet account. My goal was to transfer some of my earliest, beginner lessons over to Quizlet so that those who are just beginning to learn the language can study off of them as well.

Today, I am officially releasing 4 new study sets- that’s a lot! With 154 terms added in total, this is a great start for French Connection: Basics! For now, I started out by transferring over notes for numbers, classroom objects and supplies, questions and responses, and the time and date.

These sets are not only useful for a beginner, but they may also be a good resource for reviewing a few of the first things you learned of the French language. I’ll provide the links to these Quizlet sets below, but first, one more thing. I have converted all of the font on my blog from the default font from WordPress onto the font you are reading this in now, which I chose to make my blog look more professional. This also impacted the headers and title, and I like the look of them much better.

Click on each icon to visit the matching Quizlet study set, which is free for you to use:



French Connection Basics: The Classroom





French Connection Basics: Time and Date




French Connection Basics: Greetings, Questions, and Responses





French Connection Basics: Numbers




Thanks so much! Be sure to check out these new sets, among others on the Quizlet page.


French Connection: Talking In Tense

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Hello! We actually had a shortened day yesterday due to snow, and therefore our midterms were split into two days: yesterday and today. See, the thing is, I wrote all of this yesterday. Well, today, but when you read it, it was yesterday. Confusing! I’m talking in the past tense when it is really the present tense, and everything I wrote yesterday is technically in the future tense- but it can’t be because now the future is today and yesterday’s today is- never mind. 😛

In today’s episode of French Connection, I wanted to discuss two things: how to say the word ‘some’ and how to speak in both the past tense and future tense.

Ah, the word some. “Some carrots”. “Some computers” “Some of a carrot”. All have the word ‘some’, but are completely different. What? 

See, in French, we have to remember that every noun has a gender, and that the quantity of the noun really matters. While in English, “some carrot”, “some computers” and “some cake” are all written the same, in French they mean different things. When we use the word “some” in french, we can either mean some of a noun (less than the whole) or some of a noun (plural, greater than the whole).

When we take a noun like a carrot, which is feminine, we can either say that we want some of a carrot or some carrots. The feminine form of the word some is de la. For example, the sentence I would like some carrot would be written as Je voudrais de la carotte. 

What about some carrots? I would like some carrots is written as Je voudrais des carrots. Des is the plural form of some- regardless of the gender of the noun, Des will always be used for a plural noun.

What about a masculine noun, like sandwich? The masculine form of the word is du. I would like some of a sandwich is written as Je voudrais du sandwich. To say some sandwiches, you would write des sandwiches. 

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French Connection- Clothing

Hi there!

This episode of French Connection will be pretty long, but I encourage you to keep reading. Today. I will be covering different forms of the word (this), in addition to vocabulary on clothing.

To start, there are several ways to say “this”, depending on the noun following it. For example, to say “this shirt” you would write “Cette chemise”.

This- Masculine Noun

When the noun that follows is masculine, (who knew that nouns had genders, right?) we use the form ce. An example of this would be ce pantalon, or this pair of pants. If you were in a clothing store, for instance, if you wanted a certain coat, you would say Je veux ce manteau.

Don’t worry if you don’t understand some of the clothing vocab- I’ll get to that later on.

This- Masculine; Noun Starts With Vowel

When a masculine noun starts with a vowel, we use the form cet to say “this”.

This form is rarely used, but can be used to say, for example, Je veux cet anorak. (I want this winter coat). 

Don’t forget- all of these forms can be used for other things besides clothing, such as cet ordinateur (this computer). 

This- Feminine

For the feminine version of the word, you use the form cette. For example, Je veux cette chemise (I want this shirt).

This- Plural Noun

For any noun that is more than one in quantity, you use the form ces. If you wanted to say that you loved these shoes, you would say J’adore ces chaussures!

These are the four forms of how you would say this ___. 

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