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French is Fun – Fin (The End/Last Lesson)

BSCS Students- I have had so much fun with you in our French classes! Merci for making it such a great experience for me, and it sure seemed like you also had fun learning French!!

What Did We Learn?

Every week, we learned a bit of culture and a bit of language, and always sang a song or two! We went over basic vocabulary, like the French alphabet, number 1-20, and greetings.

The K-2 class focused on “Mon Alphabet” – their alphabet book. They also got a mini-lesson based on what the theme was that week. Click here to finish your alphabet book at home!

The 3rd-5th and the Middle School classes learned a whole lot of French and culture, including:

Salutations, Paris, Sports, Family, a Student’s Life in France, Other French-speaking Countries, French Food, Animals, School Vocabulary, Clothes, Colors, Art, and more.

Here are some of our favorite songs from a website resource used in many classes:

Bonjour!                 Dix Petites Fleurs              Bonjour Madame

And other games and activities (a great site to explore for language-learning fun).

I hope you keep having fun learning French. Explore this site for more resources. À bientôt!

 

 

 

La Date

La Date – The Date

Jours de la Semaine
(Days of the Week)

Note- in French they do not capitalize the days of the weeks or the months!)

lundi – Monday
mardi – Tuesday
mercredi – Wednesday
jeudi – Thursday
vendredi – Friday
samedi – Saturday
dimanche – Sunday

Mois de l’Année

janvier - January
février - February
mars - March
avril – April
mai – May
juin – June
juillet – July
aout – August
septembre – September
octobre – October
novembre – November
décembre – December

un jour – a day
une semaine – a week
un mois – a month
une année – a year

La Date – games and activities

l’anniversaire – birthday
Joyeux Anniversaire – Happy Birthday

 

La Météo – The Weather

La Météo – The Weather

Did you know that they use Celsius (the metric system) instead of Fahrenheit with the weather in France?

To convert ºC to ºF, use this formula: C x 1.8 = 32 = F

For example, 0º C = 32º F     or       15º C = 59º F

Le Temps – The Weather

Quel temps fait-il?  “What’s the weather like?” or “How’s the weather?”

   -Il fait du soleil.   =    “It’s sunny.”
  -Il fait beau.  =          “It’s nice out.”
  -Il fait chaud.    =      “It’s hot.”
   -Il pleut.  =                “It’s raining”
   -Il fait mauvais.  =      “It’s yucky out.”
-Il fait du vent.   =    “It’s windy.”
-Il fait frais.     =     “It’s cool.”
-Il fait froid.   =         “It’s cold.”
-Il y a des nuages.  =    “It’s cloudy.” (literally- there are clouds)
-Il neige.  =  It’s snowing.

Les Saisons    (seasons)         (“in” + season)

l’hiver (m)        en hiver                  (Winter)
l’été (m)          en été                    (Summer)
l’automne (m)     en automne             (Fall)
le printemps (m)   au printemps            (Spring)

“It’s the Fall”   =    C’est l’automne        /     “In the Fall”   =      en automne

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Take a look at the forecast in France from France Mété

Les Jeux : Games
 (You will need to know this additional phrase- “Je suis trempé = I’m soaked”)

Le Temps - Get yourself acquainted with the weather vocabulary. After you hear the vocabulary, you click on the correct word to answer the question. 

Quel temps fait-il? -  You will write in the answers.

Cherche les mots -  A weather-related wordsearch.

Jeu de memoire – Memory game

Les Mots Rapides – You have to type in the weather expression you hear before the bowling ball drops.

Est-ce qu’il fait chaud?
 – There will be a weather scenario depicted. You get to roll the scrolls to choose the 2 parts of the correct answer ( oui ou non ) and then the correct weather scenario.

Est-ce qu’il fait froid? – You get to be the Weather DJ! Pick from the records you to choose the correct weather scenario.

La météo en France  -  Fill in the weather for France with the help of the weather-woman.

Attrape les mots  -  In this game, you have to aim for the correct words, and move by using the left and right arrows. You must fill the words in in order!

 Chat-man -  A game very similar to Pacman. You go for the big red circles, and have to answer questions. I’m not sure if the 3rd level questions have any reason behind them. Good luck!

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Autres Activités

Weather picture practice – You’ll need to know “Le ciel est couvert” / “The sky is covered” & “Il fait du brouillard” / “It’s foggy” & “Le temps est nuageux” / “It’s cloudy”.

Quia – matching, concentration, etc. with weather vocabulary

 

Les Sports – Quel Sport Aimes-Tu?

Aimer – How to Express Like/Dislike

Fun French site – Do You Like?… 

Est-ce que tu aimes…? (Do you like…?)

Oui, j’aime ___________ (Yes, I like___________)

Non, je n’aime pas___________ (No, I don’t like___________)

1. J’aime et je n’aime pas

J’aime jouer aux dames.
J’aime jouer à l’ordinateur.
J’aime jouer au tennis.
J’aime nager.
J’aime lire.
J’aime l’équitation.
Je n’aime pas jouer aux échecs.
Je n’aime pas jouer au volleyball.
Je n’aime pas jouer au football.
Je n’aime pas faire mes devoirs.
Je n’aime pas lire.
Je n’aime pas nager.

1. Like and don’t like

I like playing checkers.
I like playing computer games.
I like playing tennis.
I like swimming.
I like reading.
I like horse riding.
I don’t like playing chess.
I don’t like playing volleyball.
I don’t like playing football.
I don’ t like doing homework.
I don’ t like reading.
I don’ t like swimming.2. QU’EST-CE QUE TU AIMES FAIRE?

2. Qu’est-ce que tu aimes faire?

Qu ‘est -ce que tu aimes faire?
J’aime __________.
Je n’aime pas __________.

2. What do you like doing?

What do you like doing?
I like __________.
I don’t like ____________.

Les Sports

Sports using the verb “jouer

le foot(ball)- soccer                                        jouer au football
le football américain- football                jouer au football américain
le hockey- hockey                                             jouer au hockey
le volley(ball)- volleyball                                   jouer au volleyball
le basket(ball)- basketball                                jouer au basketball
le baseball- baseball                                        jouer au baseball
le golf- golf                                                           jouer au golf

Sports using “faire

le vélo- biking                                                     faire du vélo
l’équitation (f)- horse-back riding             faire de l’équitation
le ski- skiing                                                        faire du ski
le ski nautique- water skiing                        faire du ski nautique
la natation*- swimming                                faire de la natation  
(*nager (verb)= to swim))
la planche à voile – wind-surfing                     faire de la planche à voile
une promenade – a walk                              faire une promenade

 

Les Animaux

Les Animaux
(Animals)

le chat – cat

le chatle chat dit <<miaou>>

le chien – dog

le chien      le chien dit <<ouaf>>

le canard – duck

le canard  le canard dit <<coin-coin>>

le lapin - rabbit

le lapin              le lapin ne dit rien! 

la grenouille – frog

la grenouille     la grenouille dit <<ribbit>>

la serpente – snake

la vache – cow                                  la vache dit <<meuh>>

le cheval – horse

le dauphin – dolphin

le coq – rooster                     le coq dit <<cocorico cocorico>>

Some activities with Animals and What They Eat

 

French Fine Art

French Artists

We’re going to learn some French language and some French culture today. We’ll learn how to express what you like to do, through looking at some French fine art. There are many famous French painters!

Here are some of the artists we will be looking at:

Paul Cezanne

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Paul Gauguin    In the News- Stolen Gauguin Painting Just Found!

Henri Rousseau

Edgar Degas

Edouard Manet

Georges Seurat

Van Gogh (Dutch in origin, became famous as a painter in France)

There are many other famous French artists and so many works of arts in museums in Paris and all across France. Explore for yourself!

Le Senegal

Le Senegal

In many places besides France people speak French! I wanted to share a bit about one of the French-speaking countries in Africa (learn more about all of them here), because of a fun custom there (scroll down to find out!).

northern africa senegal et al

- Language, Culture, Customs, & Etiquette

In Senegal, greetings are a very important part of their culture. A greeting in Senegal is unlike one in America, where you may have a short salutation (Hello/How are you?) without much response given or expected. In Senegal, greetings can take up to 15 minutes (and sometimes even longer!). That is because they not only say hello and how-are-you, but, they also ask about your family and how they are as well, and they really want to hear your response.

-An American’s (Lauren’s) Experience Living in Senegal

-Another American’s (Marianne’s) Experience Teaching English in Senegal

-”Discover Senegal

-Video on greetings in Senegal

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“Marianne a la salle des professeurs”

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There are many countries in Africa where the official language is French, along with other dialects. There are hundreds (even thousands!) of different dialects all over the HUGE continent. It’s fun to learn about other languages and cultures, n’est-ce pas? 

 

Les Vêtements et La Mode

Les Vêtements et La Mode
(Clothes and Fashion)

Maybe, like Ms. Amanda, you don’t really care a whole lot about dressing in “fashion”, but you do have to choose what clothes to wear! :) The French people are rather fashionable- they are well known for their fashion and in fact, la mode, (French for fashion), is used in English…have you heard “apple pie à la mode”? It means apple pie with ice cream, which is “in style”.

French Fashion in Paris

Learn more and play games here

 Un Boubou

boubou A “boubou” is a flowing robe worn in Western (and Northern) Africa. It is more commonly worn among men, but in Senegal and a few other countries in Africa, women wear them. This may be called a “m’boubou”.

Have you ever worn anything as a tradition or that represents your family’s culture?

 

Bonne Vacances!

Bonne Vacances!

Happy Vacation! 

Have a great two weeks off! If you are inspired to continue “French is Fun” at home, check out some of the links on this page or elsewhere on the internet (check out this resources page for a starting point!).

Bonnes Vacances…On se voit en deux semaines!

Have a great vacation…We’ll see each other in two weeks!

Paris!

Paris!

Paris Webquest

Your French teacher, Mme. Amanda lived in Paris, the “City of Lights”, for a whole semester (4/5 months) in college, and I feel I just barely started to discover the beautiful, historic city!

Sunset-In-Paris-Wallpaper

Let’s learn about Paris!

 Fun Fact: Did you know the Romans called Paris “Lutèce” originally? It was later named “Parisii” for the fisherman that lived there. There is a lot of rich history in Paris.

Here are some links to learn more about these popular attractions in Paris:

Whether or not you actually ever have the pleasure of visiting Paris, the city of lights, everyone can enjoy learning about this culturally-rich filled city!

Interesting links:

-Listen to the song “Champs Elysees” by Joe Dassin

-Interactive panoramic tour of Paris and its monuments

-official website of Paris

Here’s a presentation to help you learn the names of some monuments in fun ways!