How to Complain in French

How to Complain in French It’s important to know how to complain. Sometimes you just want to moan and grumble and it would be fun to know a few words so that you could do it in French. Here are 14 excellent ways to start groaning like the French.   Be careful using some of these expressions. I’ve written the clean English translations, but some of these can be pretty vulgar.* Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? Ça y est, ça commence. Here we go again. Ça suffit, maintenant! That’s enough, now! I’ve had enough! C’est chiant.* That’s annoying. This is boring. What a pain. That sucks. Tu me fais chier.*** You’re ticking me off. You’re _____ me off. You’re getting on my nerves. J’en ai marre. I’m tired of this. I’m fed up. I’ve had enough. I’m sick and tired. C’est pas possible! You’ve got to be kidding me. I can’t believe it. You can’t be serious. This is getting ridiculous. J’en ai ras le bol. I’m fed up. I’ve had it up to here. Je m’en fous.* I don’t care. I don’t give a _____. Va te faire foutre.****** —- you. Tu vas trop loin. You’re going too far. Je m’emmerde.** I’m bored stiff. I’m bored to tears. Tu m’emmerdes.*** You’re getting on my nerves. You’re ticking me off. J’en peux plus. I can’t take it anymore. C’est vraiment casse-pieds. What a pain in the neck. RÂLER – TO GRUMBLE, TO COMPLAIN je râle nous râlons tu râles vous râlez il – elle – on râle ils...

Beginner French Listening Comprehension Exercise and Course

Beginner French Listening Comprehension Exercise and Course  Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? Exercice 1 – J’ai soif J’ai envie de boire quelque chose, mais je ne sais pas quoi.  J’aime bien boire de l’eau, mais j’ai envie d’autre chose aujourd’hui.  Je vais regarder dans le frigo.  Peut-être qu’on a du jus de pomme.  J’adore le jus de pomme.  Je n’aime pas boire du soda parce que c’est mauvais pour la santé.  Il ne faut pas boire trop de jus non plus.  Ma tante mange trop de sucre et elle a des problèmes de santé.   Questions 1 Qu’est-ce que j’aime bien boire? 2 Qu’est-ce que je cherche dans le frigo? 3 Pourquoi est-ce que je n’aime pas boire du soda? 4 Pourquoi est-ce qu’il ne faut pas boire trop de jus? 5 Pourquoi est-ce que ma tante a des problèmes de santé? Réponses 1 J’aime bien boire de l’eau. 2 Je cherche du jus de pomme dans le frigo. 3 Le soda est mauvais pour la santé. 4 Il y a beaucoup de sucre dans le jus. 5 Ma tante a des problèmes de santé parce qu’elle mange trop de sucre.  Translation: I’m thirsty I feel like drinking something, but I don’t know what.  I really like to drink water, but I feel like something else today.  I am going to look in the fridge.  Maybe we have some apple juice.  I love apple juice.  I don’t like to drink soda because it is not healthy.  You must not drink too much juice either.  My aunt eats too...

French Double Pronouns Exercise

French Double Pronouns Exercise Rewrite the following sentences replacing the words in italics with French pronouns. Use the charts below to determine the order of pronouns. Pay close attention to the tenses used.  Order of pronouns Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? reflexives direct objects indirect objects direct objects indirect objects adverbial pronoun adverbial pronoun ME TE LE NOUS LA LUI VOUS LES LEUR Y EN Order of pronouns in affirmative commands le moi nous la toi vous les lui leur y en     ORIGINAL SENTENCE SENTENCE WITH PRONOUNS 1 J’ai donné de la soupe à mon enfant parce qu’il est enrhumé. 2 Est-ce que vous préparez les escargots que j’ai achetés au marché pour vos amis? 3 Tu lis les comptes de Grimm à la classe? 4 Nous avons mangé les pommes de notre jardin sur la terrasse. 5 Qui a fait ce gâteau pour mes amis et moi? Answer key ORIGINAL SENTENCE SENTENCE WITH PRONOUNS 1 J’ai donné de la soupe à mon enfant parce qu’il est enrhumé. Je lui en ai donné parce qu’il est enrhumé. 2 Est-ce que vous préparez les escargots que j’ai achetés au marché pour vos amis? Est-ce que vous les leur préparez? 3 Tu lis les comptes de Grimm à la classe? Tu les leur lis? 4 Nous avons mangé les pommes de notre jardin sur la terrasse. Nous les y avons mangées. 5 Qui a fait ce gâteau pour mes amis et moi? Qui nous l’a fait? Connect with LLL WEBSITE YOUTUBE FRENCH BLOG FACEBOOK – LEARNERS OF FRENCH...

French Dictées – French Dictation Course

French Dictées – French Dictation Course This is a French dictation course that will help improve your French listening comprehension, writing and pronunciation. There are four chapters of French dictations spanning four different levels. Beginner Level – 15 dictations Beginner Plus Level – 11 dictations Lower Intermediate Level – 10 dictations Intermediate Level – 12 dictations Listen to the dictations and write what you hear. Each dictation is read slowly as you write and then is read at a normal pace. Once you have finished the writing exercise listen to the dictation again and repeat the words as they are pronounced slowly, then read the entire dictation at a normal pace to build fluency. Answer keys and English translations are included for each dictation exercise. Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? What are French dictations? Dictation is the transcription of spoken text: one person who is “dictating” speaks and another who is “taking dictation” writes down the words as they are spoken. Among speakers of several languages, dictation is used as a test of language skill, similar to spelling bees in the English-speaking world. Connect with LLL WEBSITE YOUTUBE FRENCH BLOG FACEBOOK – LEARNERS OF FRENCH FACEBOOK – TEACHERS OF FRENCH TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS SUPPORT ME ON PATREON NEWSLETTER – LEARNERS OF FRENCH NEWSLETTER – TEACHERS OF...

French Dictées – French Dictation Exercises

French Dictées – French Dictation Exercises Here are three French dictation exercises BEGINNER – ADVANCED levels. The theme for each dictée is AU MARCHÉ. Each time you move up a level the dictées become more advanced and faster. The French text and English translations for each dictation are just beneath the video. 48 French dictations mini-course: Enroll now Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? Dictée 1 TITRE:  Au marché TEXTE: Je vais au marché ce matin.  Il fait beau. Je fais les courses pour la semaine. J’achète des fruits, des légumes, des oeufs, du fromage, des olives et du poisson. Je remplis mon panier de bonnes choses.  Après le marché, j’attends mes amis devant le café. Nous allons prendre un thé ensemble, et après nous allons rentrer chez moi pour le déjeuner.  Je vais préparer une bonne salade.  Il ne faut pas oublier d’acheter du pain à la boulangerie. TRADUCTION: I am going to the market this morning.  The weather is nice.  I am grocery shopping for the week.  I’m buying fruits, vegetables, eggs, cheese, olives and fish.  I am filling my basket with good things.  After the market, I’m waiting for my friends in front of the café.  We are going to have tea together, and then we are going to go back to my house for lunch.  I am going to prepare a good salad.  I must not forget to buy bread at the bakery. Dictée 2 TITRE: Au marché TEXTE: Aujourd’hui nous sommes vendredi et il fait très beau.  J’irai ce matin au marché où je...

Short French Adverbs

Short French Adverbs Placement of common adverbs In French, when common adverbs modify verbs they are placed AFTER THE FIRST CONJUGATED VERB. This is a strict rule in French.  If you put the common adverb somewhere else in the sentence it will sound wrong. See examples below the list of adverbs. Practice and master these short, common French adverbs by using the Quizlet study set at the bottom of the page. Note: When there is negation in the sentence, put the adverb after the PAS. You may enjoy this lesson: How to form adverbs in French Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? Common, short French adverbs assez enough aussi also beaucoup a lot bien well bientôt soon déjà already enfin finally mal badly peu not much; little rarement rarely souvent often tant so much toujours always très very trop too much Examples Pay close attention to the placement of short French adverbs in the following sentences and tenses. ADVERB VERB PRÉSENT TENSE PASSÉ COMPOSÉ PC + NÉGATION FUTUR PROCHE assez parler Tu parles assez bien le français. Tu as assez bien parlé le français. Tu n’as pas assez bien parlé le français. Tu vas assez bien parler le français. beaucoup attendre Nous attendons beaucoup. Nous avons beaucoup attendu. Nous n’avons pas beaucoup attendu. Nous allons beaucoup attendre. bien faire Vous faites bien vos devoirs. Vous avez bien fait vos devoirs. Vous n’avez pas bien fait vos devoirs. Vous allez bien faire vos devoirs. déjà pleuvoir Il pleut déjà. Il a déjà plu. Il n’a pas déjà plu. inapplicable mal...

French Verb METTRE

French Verb METTRE The irregular French verb METTRE is an important one to learn. Many times this verb is idiomatic in nature which means you wouldn’t necessarily think of using it if you come from an English speaking background. In this lesson we will look at six different ways to use the verb METTRE in the present and passé composé tenses. Watch the video lesson below and use this text lesson as a support guide. Use the QUIZLET study set at the bottom of this page  to practice and master your new skill and start using the verb METTRE next time you speak French. Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French?             METTRE – TO PUT Je mets mon sac sur la table. I put my bag on the table. I am putting my bag on the table. METTRE – TO PUT ON Tu mets ton tee-shirt bleu. You put on your blue t-shirt. You are putting on your blue t-shirt. METTRE – TO SPEND TIME DOING SOMETHING Il met quinze minutes pour aller à l’école. He spends fifteen minutes going to school. METTRE – TO SET THE TABLE Nous mettons la table. We set the table. We are setting the table. METTRE – TO TURN SOMETHING ON Vous mettez la radio. You turn on the radio. You are turning on the radio. SE METTRE À – TO START DOING SOMETHING Ils se mettent à faire leurs devoirs. They are starting to do their homework. They’re starting their homework. Other ways to use the French...

French Banking and Money Vocabulary – Love Learning Languages

French Banking and Money Vocabulary – Love Learning Languages Knowing how to talk about money in French may not sound too interesting, but if you know the vocabulary when the time arises you’ll be glad you took the time to learn it! Whether you’re planning to travel to a French speaking country or if you’re planning to move to one you need to know how to talk about money. You may be looking to spend it, to save it, to open a bank account with it, to borrow it, who knows…you may even want to buy stocks and bonds. Whatever you have planned I encourage you to practice and master the following vocabulary. You’ll see a QUIZLET study set right at the bottom of this page that you can use to practice. Once you’re familiar with the vocabulary you can even take a test. Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? money de l’argent currency la monnaie paper money un billet a coin une pièce a check un chèque a certified check un chèque certifié a bank card une carte bancaire to pay with cash payer en espèces to pay with a credit card payer par carte bancaire to buy acheter to spend dépenser cheap bon marché expensive cher a bank une banque an ATM un distributeur automatique a checking account un compte-chèques a savings account un compte d’épargne to save money faire des économies a loan un prêt to borrow emprunter the interest rate le taux d’intérêt a deposit un dépôt a bank transfer un virement a withdrawal un...

French verbs followed by À, DE or NOTHING

French verbs followed by À, DE or NOTHING French verbs followed by À, DE or NOTHING : Many French verbs can be followed by an infinitive.  That in itself makes them pretty user friendly. However, there are some verbs that must be followed by an À or DE before you can tack on the infinitive.  Some French verbs are followed by À, DE or nothing at all. Read through the following examples and exceptions, then you can practice and master these verbs using the Quizlet study set provided before completing the exercise (answers provided) at the bottom of the page.   The following verbs can be followed immediately by a verb in the INFINITIVE. Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? aimer J’aime VOYAGER et RENCONTRER de nouveaux gens. I like TO TRAVEL and TO MEET new people. aller Qu’est-ce que tu vas FAIRE ce soir? What do you want TO DO tonight? espérer Ma soeur espère TROUVER du travail dans sa nouvelle ville. My sister hopes TO FIND work in her new town. falloir Il faut TRAVAILLER pour gagner sa vie. It is necessary TO WORK to earn a living. pouvoir Nous pouvons ALLER faire les courses ensemble si tu veux. We can GO grocery shopping together if you like. préférer Vous préférez VENIR avec nous ou RESTER à la maison? Do you prefer TO COME with us or TO STAY at home? savoir Ils savent NAGER et PLONGER. They know how TO SWIM and how TO DIVE. venir Je viens DÎNER chez toi ce soir. I’m coming TO...

Le Nouvel An – French New Year Conversation Questions

Le Nouvel An French New Year Conversation Questions Are you looking for interesting discussion questions about le Nouvel An to use in your French conversation class? Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? Avez­-vous des traditions dans votre famille (ou dans votre pays) pour fêter le Nouvel An? Est-­ce que vos grands-­parents  fêtaient le Nouvel An de la même façon que vous? Les enfants dans votre famille ont­-ils le droit de rester debout jusqu’à minuit la veille du Jour de l’An? Régalez­-vous d’un repas de fête le Jour de l’An? Qu’est-­ce que vous avez fait cette année pour fêter le Nouvel An? Avez­-vous parlé français pendant les vacances? Avec qui? Avez­-vous lu quelque chose en français ou avez­-vous vu un film français? Lequel? Avez­-vous fêté le Réveillon de la Saint ­Sylvestre? Qu’avez-­vous fait? Avez­-vous vu de la famille pendant les Fêtes? Qui? Qu’avez­-vous fait le jour de Noël? Avez­-vous mangé un repas spécial? Quelles sont deux événements de l’an passé qui vous ont vraiment fait plaisir (ou bien qui ne vous ont pas fait plaisir du tout)? Avez-vous pris de bonnes résolutions pour l’an prochain? Par exemple:-Arrêter de fumer -Passer plus de temps en famille -Commencer un régime -Se coucher plus tôt -Être moins stressé -Faire plus de sport -Boire moins d’alcool -Manger plus de fruits et de légumes -Regarder moins la télévision -Passer moins de temps sur Internet ou sur la console -Lire plus de livres -S’inscrire à un cours (de langue, de dessin, …) -Dépenser moins -Ne plus oublier les dates d’anniversaires -Ne plus remettre à demain ce que je pourrais...

Tips for speaking and understanding spoken French

Tips for speaking and understanding spoken French Do you find it difficult to have a decent conversation in French?  Is it really hard for you to understand spoken French?  You’re not alone!  Here are 23 tips for speaking and understanding spoken French from English speaking people living in France.  Read on to discover their marvelous tips to pick up some new ideas!  If you have some ideas please add them in the comments.   Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? 1.  “I have always found commeunefrancaise.com brilliant for phrasing and tips on what to say in conversation. Try it as an add on to your other French learning.” 2. “It helped me to listen to the radio. Eventually, the words start separating and then as you learn French using other avenues (conversation especially), you’ll start understanding the broadcasts too.” 3.  “Just don’t worry about it. Just keep try with the local people ( I know the accent does not help) there will be a few giggles from both side but believe me they will love the fact you are trying.” 4. “Have the radio, music or tv on in the background whilst doing other things (driving, housework etc). Don’t concentrate or try to understand, just let it wash over you. This is how children learn their mother tongue.” 5.  “Watch films in French with English subtitles at first, then when you understand more with French subtitles and eventually with none. Some times you can get subtitles on French TV too, we used to with the cable.” 6. “Read French newspapers....

Types of French Pronouns

Types of French Pronouns This lesson focuses on the following types of French pronouns: Q & A Session on French Pronouns:  10 of the most common questions students have and my explanations Click here to enroll in Love Learning Languages online school Download a PDF version of this blog post Reflexive pronouns ME – TE – SE – NOUS – VOUS Direct object pronouns ME – TE – NOUS – VOUS – LE – LA – LES Indirect object pronouns ME – TE – NOUS – VOUS – LUI – LEUR French adverbial pronouns Y – EN One of the tricky things about French pronouns is that ME – TE – NOUS – VOUS can all be reflexive, direct or indirect object pronouns and how to identify whether they are direct or indirect.   Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? How to know which pronoun to use Reflexive pronouns Reflexive pronouns are used when a person is doing something to himself.  They must agree with the subject of the sentence.  In other words, reflexive pronouns must agree with the person who is doing the action to himself.   ME – TE – SE – NOUS – VOUS – SE Je ME couche. Tu TE couches. Il SE couche – Elle SE couche – On SE couche. Nous NOUS couchons. Vous VOUS couchez. Ils SE couchent – Elles se couchent. Direct object pronouns Direct object pronouns answer the questions: WHO or WHAT QUI ou QUOI ME – TE – NOUS – VOUS LE – LA – LES I’m watching TV....

French Dictée A2 – Elementary Level

French Dictée:  A2 – Elementary   Le voyage Listen to the dictée while watching the video, write everything you hear, check your work just beneath the video link. FRENCH DICTATION MINI-COURSE:  CLICK HERE TO ENROLL You may also be interested in the following French dictées: French dictée A1 Beginner Level:  Le Voyage    French dictée A2 Elementary Level:  Le Voyage    French dictée B1 Pre-intermediate Level:  Le Voyage THEME LE VOYAGE LEVEL A2 – ELEMENTARY LENGTH 60 – 80 WORDS: This is the length of the written part of the A2 DELF EXAM INSTRUCTIONS Write exactly what you hear in the dictée.  I will read each sentence twice slowly, but not too slowly.  Keep in mind that in French many words seem to run together and sound like just one word. Useful vocabulary: point = period; full stop virgule = comma point d’exclamation = exclamation mark point d’interrogation = question mark GRAMMAR Grammar points covered in this dictée: regular ER, IR, RE and REFLEXIVE verbs present tense simple future passé composé with être and avoir imperfect tense first conditional «si clauses» vouloir, pouvoir, devoir common irregular verbs: être, avoir, faire, venir, aller, mettre, savoir, voir, prendre direct object pronouns indirect object pronouns pronouns y & en French Dictée A2 – Elementary Level Video Check your work En français Sophie et Julien partent souvent en vacances.  L’année dernière ils sont partis en Italie. Cette année, ils iront en Espagne.  Sophie qui s’amusait bien en voiture quand elle était plus jeune, n’aime plus ça.  Elle veut y aller en train. Julien lui a dit qu’il préfère le train, lui aussi.  Ils y...

FRENCH TASK CARDS

French Task Cards For French conversation groups, self-learners and French teachers What are task cards? On each card you’ll find a question that you can either ask yourself, and to which you will respond, or you can ask the questions to someone else who is learning to speak French.  In that way, these task cards can help you to develop your speaking skills in French. You can also use these task cards to practice your writing skills.  Read the question asked and respond to it in writing. Why task cards? The answer is simple.  Task cards guide you to use the French you already know in ways you may not have yet seen. Exercises are a great way to learn, but sometimes you need to push yourself by responding to open ended questions. Task cards are a nice alternative to worksheets which can get boring.  Download, print and cut out your French task cards and stick them in your back pocket or purse so that you can use them whenever you get the chance. How to purchase? Just click on the task cards that interest you and you will be led to my store.  Once you’re there you will be prompted to create an account.  Don’t worry, it’s easy and fast.  Once you’ve done that you can go ahead with your purchase.                      ...

French Fall Vocabulary

French Fall Vocabulary Every season has its own vocabulary and autumn is no exception so let’s learn some French fall vocabulary today.  We will focus on 32 of the most important French vocabulary for autumn.  Practice and memorize the vocabulary with the study sets and exercises below the vocabulary list .  Once you’re comfortable with this new French fall vocabulary you may want to find a partner and play a game of TABOO in French using these same 32 words plus a whole lot more. Download a PDF version of French Fall Vocabulary Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? 1   un gland an acorn 2   la Toussaint All Saints’ Day 3   une pomme an apple 4   un tas de feuilles a pile of leaves 5   une couverture a blanket 6   des bottes boots 7   un blouson a jacket 8   du feu dans la cheminée fire in the fireplace 9   du chocolat chaud hot chocolate 10   des châtaignes chestnuts 11   des nuages clouds 12   venteux windy 13   un pull a sweater 14   un rhume a cold 15   la pluie rain 16   de la tarte à la citrouille pumpkin pie 17   un épouvantail a scarecrow 18   un feu de joie a bonfire 19   l’heure d’hiver winter time 20   la vendange the grape harvest 21   un arbre a tree 22   un râteau a rake 23   la récolte the harvest 24   une pomme de pin a pinecone 25  ...

Halloween Scrambled Sentences in French

Halloween Scrambled Sentences Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? Prêts pour Halloween?  Familiarize yourself with the vocabulary used in this exercise by practicing with the Quizlet study set below the exercise before unscrambling the following sentences.  You can also play Halloween Taboo and Halloween Jeopardy to practice new vocabulary for the month of October.   Free PDF download and answer key below the exercise.  You may like to read more about Halloween in France.  1 du / vampires / des / et / boire / Les / ils / aiment / ont / crocs / sang 2 automne / changent / En / les/  de / feuilles / couleur 3 chauve / est / La / un / nocturne / -souris / mammifère 4 pour / 31 / décore / maison / Le / on / la / octobre / Halloween 5 se / en / faut / de / il / beaucoup / papier / Pour / momie / déguiser / toilette 6 tu / sorcières / des / que / les / magiques / pouvoirs / ont / Est-ce que / penses 7 tu / que / extraterrestres / planète / la / habitent / Penses- / des / Mars 8 a / pattes / fabrique / et / L’araignée / huit / elle / des / pour / mouches / des / toiles / attraper 9 font / cimetières / les / hantées / Les / et / maisons / peur / me 10 potion / la / mijoter / dans / depuis / La / magique /...

Fun Games to Play in French

Fun Games to Play in French Are you a French teacher or a self-learner of French?  Whether you’re on the teaching or learning end of French you’ve got to keep it fun.  I always incorporate games in my French classes.  Playing games in French is an especially good way to build vocabulary that you otherwise may not come across in a textbook.  I’ll highlight some of my favorite group games as well as some that you can play individually.  If you’re a self-learner you may want to scroll down to GAMES FOR 1 PERSON. Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? Games for 2+ people  TABOO:  I think this is my favorite game to play in French.  At the top of the card there’s a word that you have to try to get your partner to guess as you explain it.  Taboo is great for French learners at all levels.  If you’re a beginner you can use the TABOO words listed on the card.  Be sure to try your hardest to form simple sentences.  If you’re a more advanced learner you have to avoid using the TABOO words.  It’s convenient to have a set of cards in both French and English because you probably won’t know a lot of the words. VERB RACE:  This is fun in a classroom setting.  Divide the class into two teams.  One person from each team goes to the board with a marker.  You as the teacher call out a subject or subject pronoun, an infinitive and a verb tense.  For example, “TU / FAIRE /...

FRENCH VERBS: JOUER À vs JOUER DE

FRENCH VERBS: JOUER À vs JOUER DE Scroll down to watch video lesson and take a test on FRENCH VERBS:  JOUER À ou JOUER DE Why do you need to know if you should use À or DE after the French verb JOUER?  First of all, you want to speak correctly. When you start wanting to use the French pronouns Y and EN and RELATIVE  PRONOUNS you’ll see why the À and DE are so very important. Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? Click here to download a printable PDF version of this lesson on JOUER À vs JOUER DE JOUER À ou JOUER DE? JOUER À GAMES AND SPORTS JOUER DE MUSIC AND INSTRUMENTS RAPPEL:  Sometimes you need to form contractions when using the preposition À à + le contraction needed au à + la no contraction needed à la à + les contraction needed aux   JOUER À le Yahtzee Je joue au Yahtzee. I am playing Yahtzee. JOUER À les boules Tu joues aux boules. You are playing bocce ball. JOUER À les billes Il joue aux billes. He is playing marbles. JOUER À les cartes Nous jouons aux cartes. We are playing cards. JOUER À le badminton Vous jouez au badminton. You are playing badminton. JOUER À le ping-pong Ils jouent au ping-pong. They are playing ping-pong. RAPPEL:  Sometimes you need to form contractions when using the preposition DE de + le contraction needed du de + la no contraction needed de la de + les contraction needed des   JOUER DE la batterie Je...

French Food: À or DE ?

French Food:  À or DE ? French Food:  À or DE?  Sometimes in French it is very tricky to know when to use À versus DE.  In this post we will focus on when to use À or DE with French food. Why would we say une glace au chocolat  to mean chocolate ice-cream,  but un jus de pomme to mean apple juice ? Fortunately, there are rules that can help us out. Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? Teachers:  Visit my TPT store for more French resources When to use À, AU, À LA, AUX When to use DE Use À when the dish is flavored with an ingredient. Use DE when the ingredient following is the main component of the dish. If you took the ingredient away from the dish, there would still be something left. If you took the ingredient away from the dish, you wouldn’t have anything left. EXAMPLE:  une glace au chocolat If you take the chocolate away from the ice-cream, you’ll still have some ice-cream. EXAMPLE:  un jus de pomme If you take the apple away from the juice, there’s nothing really left. OTHER EXAMPLES: une soupe à l’oignonune tarte aux fraises une pizza aux champignons des moules à la crème un éclair à la vanille du pain aux céréales une soupe aux pâtes une tarte aux poivrons une sauce aux concombres OTHER EXAMPLES: un confit d’oignonsun sirop de fraises une crème de champignons un pot de crème une gousse de vanille une barre de céréales une salade de pâtes une ratatouille de...

French Adjectives Before the Noun

French Adjectives Before the Noun Teachers:  Visit my TPT store for more French resources Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French? Some French adjectives come before the noun they describe:  BAGS = Beauty, Age, Goodness, Size When an adjective falls into the BAGS category you need to put it in front of the nouns that it describes. You may also want to see lessons on regular French adjectives,  French possessive adjectives , French demonstrative adjectives, the comparative and superlative of French adjectives and nationalities in French.   Beauty beau C’est un beau chien. That’s a beautiful dog. Age vieux C’est un vieux monsieur. He’s an old man. Good or Bad bon C’est un bon gâteau. This is a good cake. Size grand C’est un grand garçon. He’s a tall boy.   Other common French adjectives that are placed before the noun   English meaning masculine singular masculine plural feminine singular feminine plural young jeune jeunes jeune jeunes little, small, short petit petits petite petites bad mauvais mauvais mauvaise mauvaises best meilleur meilleurs meilleure meilleures false, fake faux faux fausse fausses big, fat gros gros grosse grosses high haut hauts haute hautes pretty joli jolis jolie jolies new nouveau nouveaux nouvelle...