Oui, c’est ça!

A blog for learning French, and having fun along the way : lessons, cartoons, songs and more…

Ça sert à quoi? (Part 1)

Have you ever tried to describe a common object to someone who doesn’t know what it’s for? Take the Smartphone. If you had presented someone with it in the 80’s, they would have had no idea what it was, or how to use it. The sight of us...

Team Assois Or Team Assieds?

S’asseoir, the way to say “to sit”, is difficult on many levels. 1)      It’s a reflexive verb, which means you’ll have to use the pronouns: me te se nous vous 2)      It starts with a vowel, which means the pronouns will...

New Blogs on the Block (Updated)

A few French teaching/learning blogs that came to my attention lately… Le rendez-vous de Non-gae  is a collective by the students at the Alliance française de Daejeon. It is very well built, with lots of  historical bits,  expressions...

Making a suggestion

Making a suggestion is not easy because it requires tact. It also requires knowing the Conditional. Review it in English at Tex’s French Grammar. Review frequently used verbs conjugated in the Conditional on Prof. Ousselin’s page. Where was I...

How to pronounce “u” (/y/)

Somewhere in the late 50’s, my father, then a young American learning French, showed up at my French, old fashion and very strict grandparent’s house to take my mother out. He was lead to the “salon”.  As he sat on a dainty Louis XV...

The Freaky Sams

There are a bunch of verbs in French that are just plain freaky. Anyone who’s attempted to say “I miss you” knows exactly what I’m talking about.   They are verbs that say what they mean in reverse. Instead of the subject being where it...

Usage de faut (Part 2)

In the last post, we saw how to translate in French the idea of “needing to” using “il faut”. In this post, we will explore its negative counterpart, “il ne faut pas”. While “il faut” means “(someone) needs to”, “il ne faut...

Usage de faut (Part 1)

When we need to do something, in French, the words to use are “il faut”. Il faut utiliser il faut! You will write and read “il faut” but generally hear “Y faut” ( /ee foe/). You’ll hear the “L” pronounced (/eel foe/) in the...

Avec. Such a handy little word… or is it?

Problem: A common mistake when we learn French is overusing the word “avec”. This comes from the fact that in English, “with” is used much more freely and more frequently. See the difference: In English… A man with boots and a hat:  ...

Intercomprehe…what?

There is a fascinating article over at Nadeau&Barlow about the concept of intercomprehension. The learning technique, based on cognates, allows you to understand very quickly foreign languages by recognizing words that look like ones from your...