French is a language spoken as a first
language in France, the Romandy region
in Switzerland, Wallonia and Brussels in Belgi
um, Monaco, the provinces
of Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick
in Canada, the Acadiana region of the U.S.
state of Louisiana, the northern parts of the
U.S. states of Maine, New
Hampshire and Vermot .
How are you-comme ca va?
I’m fin-ca va bien
Of course-bien sur
Good bye-au revoir
Good luck!Bonne chance!
Happy birthday!Joyeux anniversaire!
Happy new year!Bonne année!
Merry Christmas!Joyeux Noël!
!Enjoy! (for meals...)Bon appétit!
Chercher la bagarre
(to be spoiling for a fight).
A verb expresses an action or a state of being.
This action has a subject (such as the person
who acts or the thing or idea that exists).
Les petits oiseaux chantent.
The little birds are singing.
An adverb is a word which modifies (describes) a
verb, an adjective, or another adverb. In
English, most adverbs end with –ly, as
in, "Please, speak slowly." In French, the adverbs
end in -ment. So the same sentence would
be: "Parlez lentement, s'il vous plaît"
Les petits oiseaux chantent joyeusement.
The little birds are singings joyfully.
Adjectives describe nouns. Because French nouns have
both gender and number, any adjectives have to match
the nouns they qualify in gender and number.
Remember, too, that in French, some adjectives are
placed before the noun while others follow the noun.
le papier blanc (luh pah-pyay blahN) (the white paper)
la grande maison (lah grahNd meh-zohN) (the big house)
les feuilles vertes (lay fewy vehrt) (the green leaves)
les petits oiseaux (lay puh-tee-zwah-zo) (the little birds)
Ce is the masculine singular demonstrative
Ce prof parle trop. - This (That) teacher talks
J'aime ce livre. - I like this (that) book.
Ces is the only plural demonstrative
adjective: "cettes" does not exist.
Ce prof-ci parle trop. - This teacher talks too
Ce prof-là est sympa. - That teacher is nice.
Cet étudiant-ci comprend. - This student
Cette fille-là est perdue. - That girl is lost.