Passé Composé Versus Imparfait + Video - Learn French In this lesson, I am not going to go over the constructions of Passé-Composé or Imparfait, but I will concentrate on their uses and differences. To me, understanding when to use these tenses is probably one of the most difficult thing for an English speaker, since they cannot translate literally from English. You need to understand it’s mostly a question of background/specific event, kind of like in a movie a close-up versus a background shot, and develop an ear for it. 1 – You can not Translate Imparfait or Passé Composé Literally “I was singing” or verbs in past progressive are going to be imperfect.
Blog French Sports Vocabulary: 200 Football Terms and Expressions Sports is easily among the topics that people love to discuss, argue, butt heads, or bond over immediately like brothers-in-arms. Whether or not you’re in a pub in a French-speaking city, in the dining table discussing with French-speaking friends, or watching a World Cup game in your couch, French words for sports can surely come […]
25 Funny French Onomatopoeia that will make you LOL - Talk in French Before we dive into today’s lesson, let me address the elephant in the room. Some are probably asking: Onomato-WHAT? OK, it does sound like a big scary word. But onomatopoeia is a figure of speech that mimics the sound of an item it describes. Newsletter #140 Bonjour tout le monde, tout va bien ? If you visited Paris recently (or the northern part of France), you may know that the weather has been a complete disaster. May is supposed to be one of the best months to visit France. Raven Symbolism Raven Symbolism and Deeper Meaning of the Raven If you're looking for raven symbolism pertaining to ill omen, death or other gruesome turns of thought, look elsewhere. There are plenty sources to feed macabre minds, and malign the raven. It's not that I'm a big advocate of raven energy, and even if I were, it wouldn't matter because the raven needs no champion.
LE PRESENT: -er verbs Conjuguemos French French verbs French vocab (book) French vocab (theme) New! How to Turn Rubric Scores into Grades I have written several posts about the different types of rubrics—especially my favorite, the single-point rubric—and over time, many teachers have asked me about the most effective way to convert the information on these rubrics into points. Even if you are moving toward a no grades classroom, as a growing number of educators are, you may still be required to supply points or letter grades for student assignments. Despite the title of this post, all I can really offer here is a description of my own process. It has been refined over years of trial and error, and the only evidence I have to back up its effectiveness is that in over 10 years of teaching middle school and college, I can only recall one or two times when a student or parent challenged a grade I gave based on a rubric.
Classroom Games for Introductory / Beginning French Classes Every week in my first semester French class, we played games to review and reinforce what we did in the previous class. For other French teachers out there who are looking for more activities, these are what I actually used in my class this year. A lot of these I found on Pinterest, where I have a Teaching French at Uni board. Some of these classroom games require little to no prep, but having dice and maybe some playing pieces on hand is always a good idea. Hangman is the first game I start with to practice the alphabet, though I change it to Escape from Alcatraz (draw the stickman jumping into the water and escaping from the island) to make it somewhat less depressing.