Terra: French Immersion – France

Immersion – this is a word that anyone who’s ever studied a foreign language has heard. It is tough to reach a certain level of mastery before being immersed in the language you’re studying, meaning that everyone around you is speaking that language. … … For me, that language was French and my way of […]

Project Resources: Creative Ideas for Presenting Research (French / Francophone)

… IF YOU WANT TO IMMERSE YOURSELF IN FRANCOPHONE CULTURE: Get a French-speaking pen-pal (e-pal, Facebook, etc.) and ask them about their culture! Check out livemocha.com to find Francophone people, and interview them about their culture! Help out in a bilingual class or daycare center. Visit the “Maison Française” at Nazareth College (get the events […]

Terra: Sur le Pont d’Avignon – Avignon, France

“Sur le pont d’Avignon, on y danse, on y danse…” Do you recognize this song? Whether you do or not, there’s a good chance you’ve heard it before. It refers to a bridge in Avignon, France called “Pont Saint-Bénézet.” I am lucky enough to see this bridge in person on my trip to the Provence […]

French Grammar: Reciprocal Reflexive Verbs

Identify: French Grammar: Reciprocal Reflexive Verbs la grammaire française: les verbes réfléchis réciproques Reciprocal Reflexive Verbs in French help us identify actions done by two or more people – to each other! Study: Reciprocal Reflexive Verbs in French help us identify actions done by two or more people – to each other! Reciprocal Reflexive Verbs […]

French Grammar: Infinitive of Reflexive Verbs

Identify: French Grammar: Infinitive of Reflexive Verbs la grammaire française: l’infinitif des verbes réfléchis Reflexive Verbs are a special class of verbs in French. Be sure to review the lesson on Reflexive Verbs first before moving on to this lesson! Whenever reflexive verbs are used in the infinitive with another verb (for example, aimer, aller, […]

French Grammar: Partitive Articles

Identify: French Grammar: Partitive Articles la grammaire française: les articles partitifs You’ll need to learn to use nouns with their correct articles (les articles) if you want to talk about people, places and things! There are three types of articles in French: definite articles (les articles définis), indefinite articles (les articles indéfinis), and partitive articles […]

French Grammar: Passé Composé with Reflexive Verbs

… Identify: French Grammar: Passé Composé with Reflexive Verbs la grammaire française: les verbes réfléchis au Passé Composé Reflexive verbs are used when the subject and object of a verb (action) are the same. The action “reflects back” onto the subject! Study: Reflexive verbs are used when the subject and object of a verb (action) […]

French Grammar: The Past Participle

… Identify: French Grammar: The Past Participle la grammaire française: le participe passé Study: The past participle is the general equivalent of using [-ED] in English. It can be used in a variety of functions including compound tenses and as adjectives with the verb ‘ÊTRE’. To form the past participle for regular verbs, you’ll need to add a new ending to […]

French Grammar: Reflexive Verbs

Identify: French Grammar: Reflexive Verbs la grammaire française: les verbes réfléchis Reflexive verbs are used when the subject and object of a verb (action) are the same. The action “reflects back” onto the subject! Study: Reflexive verbs are used when the subject and object of a verb (action) are the same. The action “reflects back” […]

French Grammar: The Present Continuous – [ÊTRE EN TRAIN DE] + Infinitive

… Identify: French Grammar: The Present Continuous – [ÊTRE EN TRAIN DE] + Infinitive la grammaire française: le présent continu – [être en train de] + l’infinitif In English, we use the Present Progressive tense to talk about actions that are occurring at this moment in time.  The marker for this in English is a […]