Joyeuse Rentrée Scolaire

Je vous souhaite une Bonne Rentrée!

“Rentrée” is a French phrase for “Back to School”, literally meaning “returned”, one can say “Joyeuse Rentrée”, which means “Happy Return to School” or “À la Rentrée” which roughly means “See you in the fall”. There are phrases and words like these in every language that do not easily/exactly translate word for work.

Can you think of another French phrase?

 

 

 

“Bon appetit” =  “Have a good meal” but literally “Good appetite”

 

Looking forward to seeing you/meeting you and to a great school year full of language, culture, focus, and fun!

Deux Vérités et un Mensonge

Deux Vérités et un Mensonge

Pensez de deux vérités et un mensonge que vous voulez partager avec la classe. Amusez-vous! Soyez créatif!

Exemple amusant/créatif

Idées

Je parle/je ne parle pas…

Je suis allée / je ne suis pas allée

J’ai eu / je n’ai pas eu

J’ai mangé/ je n’ai jamais mangé

Je me suis cassé…

J’ai huit soeurs et frères.

Par exemple: Je ne suis jamais restée dans un hôtel (if this was a true fact it would be a good truth (most people would guess it was the lie “le mensonge” because most people have stayed in a hotel at some point in their lives by high-school!)

Aller – Futur Proche – Near Future

Do You Remember How to Conjugate ALLER?™

“Do you remember how to conjugate ALLER?

ALLER means “to go”, Oh! I can’t wait!

JE VAIS

TU VAS

IL/ELLE VA

NOUS ALLONS

VOUS ALLEZ

ILS/ELLES VONT”

“Je vais danser. (dance)
Tu vas chanter. (move hand like singing)
Il/elle va écouter. (put hand on ear, listen) 
Nous allons nager. (swimming motions)
Vous allez voyager. (fly like an airplane)
Ils/Elles vont parler français toute la journée.” (point to everyone, speaking motion, all day with arm motion)

Les Pays – Nationalites

Grand Liste de Pays

le Portugal                                       la Grèce

le Mexique                                       la Russie

le Canada                                          la Suisse                                                                                                              la Belgique
                                                                la Chine
                                                              l’Allemagne
                                                              l’Italie                                                                                                                    l’Espagne

les Canaries                                     les Pays-Bas

les Bahamas                                    les États-Unis

à = en, au, à l’, aux   * remember to use en for a feminine country

de = de, du, d’, des  * remember to use de for a feminine country

 

 

 

Alliance Française Student Essay Competition

Attention Students! The Alliance Francaise of Doylestown is pleased to announce its 2018 Student Essay Competition. The competition is open to all Bucks County 4th and AP-level French students. The topic for this year’s essay is Un pays francophone que j’aimerais visiter (à part la France)” (A French-speaking country I would like to visit – other than France)” 

-Essays must be written in French and should be 750 to 1000 words in length. Essays will be judged on creativity, originality of thought and grammar.
-A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the first place winner! The second  place winner will receive $250. An honorable mention book prize will also be awarded. Additional recognition will be provided by the Fédération des Alliances Françaises and by the French consulate.
 
French 4 students, we hope you will consider participating in this contest!
Applications and competition rules are available on the Alliance Française de Doylestown website: www.afdoylestown.org. The deadline for applications and essay submissions is April 1, 2018. Winners will be announced by May 1, 2018.
 
The Alliance Française de Doylestown is a not- for-profit organization which has been serving the Bucks County community for almost 30 years. Its mission is to promote and enhance knowledge and appreciation of French language and culture, and to encourage interaction among French people, speakers of French, and all those with an interest in the French way of life. The Alliance Française de Doylestown is a chapter of the Fédération des Alliances Françaises, the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world. Its website is www.afdoylestown.org

How to Navigate this Site (for current French Students)

I am always tweaking this website and adding information.

If you look now at the top, your French class will have a link, and if you hover over it, the unit that we are currently studying will appear.

There will also be subsections with sometimes a specific grammar or vocab. section, for easier navigation.

Merci, et bonne chance- amusez-vous en apprenant le français!

Commercials Using French Randomly

In this episode of “Media Using French Randomly”, Mlle. C spotted a Loréal commercial randomly saying “Say Bonjour” to whatever beauty thing they’re marketing.

Have you seen it? Check out this link if you want to see it:

https://ispot.tv/a/wxL9

Fun to notice things like this! 🙂 Tout le monde adore la France/ le français!

Fun (French) Foreign Language Learning Site

For a fun and comprehensive overview of basic French topics, I highly recommend this site: Languages Online – French section

It has a variety of fun language learning topics and methodologies.

It is broken into useful sections, each with activities ranging from fill-in-the-blank, to more fun games, and songs, to help you learn the set of vocab.

Give it a shot! Every level of French learner could benefit from learning some new words, or reviewing some old!!

 

 

La Mode – Another Random Sighting of French Word on American Clothing

“Le Français – C’est Toujours à La Mode”

The French are known for their class and style. I often see words in French on American clothing, from something common like “C’est la Vie”,  “Amour”, or “Bonjour” to less common phrases, this one was a new one for me.

If you have an extra $80 lying around, you could be a dreamer “Rêveur” too. (source) (Dans mes rêves!)