Bon Voyage Chapitre 4 – La Famille et La Maison

Bon Voyage Chapitre 4 – La Famille et La Maison

Chapter 4 is about family, pets, the neighborhood (houses, apartments, things in & around them), prepositions, the important verb avoir, possessive adjectives, & the irregular adjectives beau, nouveau, & vieux.

Read through this information, and click on the links under les jeux (games) for activities like flashcards, matching…all sorts of things!

MOTS 1- La Famille (Visit this link: “La Famille” for more vocab and info, remember how they express relations between family members)

 la mère       le père           la sœur             le frère       la demi-soeur       le demi-frère      

  le beau-frère        la belle-soeur  (beau/belle are step-relations, and demi are half-relations)

 la fille       le fils      le mari       la femme      le beau-père      la belle-mère        

 l’oncle            la tante        la nièce           le neveu

 le cousin         la cousine      les cousins        les cousines

 la grand-mère            le grand-père            la petite-fille          le petit-fils

There are several ways of showing relationships between family members. You could call your uncle – “My uncle” or “The brother of my mother”

Here are some games to review family relations: “Help Jean-Luc figure out his family tree

les animaux domestiques
le chien  –  dog               le chiot  –  puppy    l’oiseau  –  bird            le cochon-dinde  –  guinea pig             le serpent  –  snake

le chat –  cat               le chaton  –  kitten                      le poisson rouge  –  goldfish             le lapin  –  bunny      (you don’t need to know all of these!)

La fête et les Anniversaires

C’est quand, ton anniversaire?  Ah, mon anniversaire?! C’est le premier janvier!
When is your birthday?  Oh, my birthday?! It’s January 1st!

un anniversaire– a birthday   un cadeau– a gift   un gateau– a cake  une bougie– a candle  donner une fête– to throw a party inviter des amis– to invite friends

Des Jeux (games)

 Quizlet family vocab flashcards as well as scatter and space-race

 Link to some family games and practice with ages
 Link to games/practice with animals (pets here, more animals here) (some we went over, some we didn’t, and we covered others as well- still fun to play)


MOTS 2- La Maison et Les Immeubles –

Français Anglais
une pièce a room
une salle de séjour a living room
une cuisine a kitchen
une salle à manger a dining room
une chambre à coucher a bedroom
une salle de bains a bathroom
des toilettes the bathroom, toilets
une maison a house
un appartement an appartement
un immeuble an apartment building
un quartier a neighborhood, district
une station de métro a metro station
une terrasse a terrace, patio
un jardin a garden, yard
un arbre a tree
une fleur a flower
un garage a garage
une voiture a car
un balcon a balcony
une vue a view
le rez-de-chaussée the ground floor
un étage a floor
un escalier a staircase
un ascenseur an elevator
un entrée an entrance
un code a code
une cour a courtyard
un voisin/une voisine
a neighbor
beau* handsome
belle* beautiful
nouveau, nouvelle* new
vieux, vieille* old
premier, première first
deuxième second
troisième third
près de close to
loin de far from
donner sur to face, overlook
monter to go up
monter à pied to go up on foot
monter en ascenseur to go up in the elevator
une journée a day
tout le monde everybody

**see irregular adjectives below for more information**

La maison-( Mots 2) study rooms in the house (know how to spell these), and all vocabulary relating to houses and apartments, neighborhoods, etc…

la salle                   un quartier                un appartement                 une maison

la chambre             la salle de bains          les toilettes        le quartier    la cour    un ascenseur   (etc…)

Les prépositionsWatch this fun video on prepositions! (Ch. 4 tests includes them, except for entre, la-bas, & ici, but you do need to also know near/far/around)


 Des Jeux (games)

Mots 2 vocab flashcards and more

Rooms in the house vocab and games

GRAMMAR: the irregular verb avoir – “to have”  

j’ai     (I have)          nous avons    (we have)

tu as   (you have)        vous avez       (you (all) have)(you have (formal))

il*/elle*/on a   (he has)        ils/elles ont     (they have)(masculine or mixed group/feminine)
             (she has/one has
*il could be a noun like “le garage” (le garage a une porte = the garage has a door), or elle like “la maison” (la maison a trois pièces) 

Avoir is an important irregular verb (meaning you must memorize all its different forms). Read on for more information about its many uses in French.

(Practice your knowledge of avoir with this quiz)

Expressions with Avoir

Avoir is used in a number of idiomatic expressions, many of which are translated by the English verb “to be”:

   J’ai 30 ans
   I am 30 years old

   Il y a
   There is/are… 

  avoir __#__ ans =  to be _#_  years old

  il y a = there is, there are

  avoir … we will resume going over the avoir expressions from the packet in following chapters!


Here is a link where you can hear a song to the the tune of the Pink Panther soundtrack. Sing it in your head to help you learn the conjugation!
You could also listen to Etienne’s song Avoir II, which helps with the conjugation, but may be a little overwhelming (it’s a techno-y fast song)

Here are a few example sentences using the verb avoir:

Quel âge as-tu?        J’ai quinze (treize, dix-sept, etc…) ans. 
(How old are you?)   (I am fifteen (13, 17, etc…) years old.)

Tu as des sœurs ou des frères?   Non, je n’ai pas de sœur ou de frère.
Do you have any sisters or brothers?   No, I don’t have a sister or a brother (or any sisters or any brothers)

GRAMMAR- Les Adjectifs Possessifs  – (possessive adjectives)

In English, we use possessive adjectives to show ownership: my, your, his, her, our, their
In French, possessive adjectives change based on the object being possessed. Remember:
         it’s not who is doing the possessing, it’s what is being possessed.

Read here for more info!

GRAMMAR- Les Adjectifs Irréguliers (adjectives, including the irregular adjectives vieux, nouveau, and beau and all their forms!)

Read here for more info. ou need to know what all of the following mean and how they change, depending on the noun they are modifying:

jeune, vieux (and all the other forms), joli(e), moche, petit(e), grand(e), nouveau (and all the other forms), & beau (and all the other forms)



belle beautiful
nouveau, nouvelle new
vieux, vieille old

masculine singular masculine singular, starts with a vowel masculine plural feminine singular feminine plural
beau bel beaux belle belles
(all forms of beautiful/handsome)        
nouveau nouvel nouveaux nouvelle nouvelles
(all forms of new)        
vieux vieil vieux vieille vieille
(all forms of old)        

**Remember you will be given the chart, you have to remember how to apply them!** (for your final exam you will probably have to memorize them, but Mlle. is being kind)

Des Jeux (some random games)

Spelling counts- Play this review game to help!

Java games !

Final review game (like Jeopardy), which includes great practice with those irregular adjectives! : Chapter 4 review game

Last, but not least, the book site!

Here is the book’s site with some activities and games, and practice quizzes.