If you want to improve your French oral comprehension and learn to speak more modern, everyday French, music can be a great tool! And if you want to sound more romantic when speaking French, there are plenty of French love songs to discover. Let’s look at one today! Françoise Hardy is a famous French singer, and her song Message Personnel (= Personal Message) can help you express your love in French. If you’ve never heard it before, you can watch the video below to listen. Want all the vocabulary of the lesson ? Download Lesson as PDF Let’s walk through […]
In this video we introduce the story of a little astronaut girl called Léa, together with 8 individual space objects & 8 colours. Suggested activities: 1. Watch the story for enjoyment. 2. Pause and ask learners to repeat phrases/words or ask them questions eg. What do you see? What colour is this? 3. Learners act out/mime the story or continue the story by drawing pictures of what else they think Léa can see in space. 4. Ask learners what other words they recognise & can work out the meaning of eg. Attention/Zoum. This video is part of our French – […]
When I started learning French, verbs were a difficult topic for me. Mostly because, being a native, I relied on my extensive experience of spoken French to determine what tense and ending I should use. I did not even think about it. It was just… the way it had always been. Which, you can imagine, was difficult to share with my students. So I dived deep into the mechanics of French tenses, learned about my own language’s conjugation. Tenses, modes, groups, endings, and everything that could help me design a structure. Then, my plan was to simply share the structure. […]
Bonjour tout le monde! I think that we can all agree that this has been a tough year…but that doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate a meaningful Thanksgiving together. While we all have struggled this year – due to financial stress, school closures, or family upheaval, we can still find things to be thankful for. Personally, I am thankful for all my fantastic students, and the joy I get to share with them while teaching French. Although we can’t be in person this year, we can still share many warm, pleasant moments via Skype. As long as we can still […]
You may be scratching your head and asking yourself why does Bonjour & Bienvenue, a fun family friendly cultural center write a blog about the French Foreign Legion? And we would not blame you. Let us clarify a couple of things first. For one, it’s French and related to France, although not touching on the most romantic component of the French culture. What’s really interesting about the FFL (French Foreign Legion) however, is that despite amazingly tough physical and mental requirements, one cannot join unless one learns to speak French, fast, very fast. New recruits are given about 4 months […]
If you try to translate all the sentences below in French, you might get a bit muddled. Expressing quantity in French is tricky. The French have a specific list of words to communicate either vague or specific quantities. ‒I would like some water please! ‒Right away! Do you wish a bottle or a glass of water? And more wine? ‒No, no more wine, just a few glasses of water for everyone! And bring a slice of that beautiful looking apple pie… Combien de… ? One easy word that we learn quickly in French is combien de which means “how […]
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#10: If you go to a French bakery, you cannot help but have a big smile when your child says: “Une baguette et 4 croissants, s’il vous plaît”. #9: If you have little ballet dancers at home, they can tell their friends what “Jeté”, “Pas de deux” and “Battement” mean. #8: You will feel less guilty about the kids watching TV, if they watch “Ratatouille” in French. #7: Quebec is gorgeous. And a trip to a “cabane à sucre” to eat “crêpes au sucre d’érable” (maple sirup) is an experience no child will ever forget. #6: Most children, and parents, […]