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  • How is the French language structure different then English?

  • What is the Francophone world?

  • What are the basic greetings and expressions?

  • How do we count in FRENCH from 1-100?

Source: pacing guide BASD French 1 unit 1


Student will be able to:

  1. Pronounce the French alphabet
  2. Learn chart format for verb conjugations and the subject pronouns
  3. Learn how gender and number determine the article that preceeds the noun in French
  4. identify and translate the subject pronouns in French.

Source: pacing guide BASD French 1 unit 1

Les Lettres de L'Alphabet

Alphabet - A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T-U-V-W-X-Y-Z 



Les Lettres de l'alphabet

Source: French alphabet song - L'alphabet en Français Music & Animations by Alain Le Lait ©2011 This song is from the CD 'C'est Si Bon' ©2002 ...

alphabet and greeting and salutations... and a few questions that we have discussed!

Les Accents! How and when to use the accents.



les accents

The acute accent (´), l'accent aigu, and the grave accent (`), l'accent grave, are used to indicate the quality of the vowel sound represented by the letter e.

A. Listen to each example and repeat.

Follow the link:

é /e/
è /ɛ/

When used with letters other than e, the accent grave does not indicate a sound difference but serves to distinguish different words which have the same spelling but different meanings.


ou (or)   où (where)
la date (the date)   là (there)
il y a (there is/are)   à l'heure (on time)

The circumflex (ˆ), l'accent circonflexe, arose historically as a marker for vowels which were followed by another letter (usually s) in an earlier state of the language:

être (<estre)   hôtel (<hostel)   forêt (<forest)   plaît (<plaist)

The cedilla (ç), la cédille, is used only with the letter c to indicate the sound /s/ when it is followed by the letters a, o, or u:

Ça va? /sa/   cahier /ka/

The cedilla is not used with the letters e and i:

Ce   merci
c'est   ici

The dieresis (¨), le tréma, is used with vowels to indicate that they are pronounced separately from a preceding vowel:

Noël   naïf   Loïc

B.  Placez les accents.   What accents are missing in these words from the vocabulary list of Chapter 1?
 Answers ...

  1. Vous etes d'ou?
  2. À tout a l'heure.  À bientot.
  3. Je me presente.
  4. C'est un etudiant.
  5. Ca va?
  6. Il est ingenieur.  Elle est medecin.
  7. C'est une fenetre.
  8. Repetez, s'il vous plait.

Gender and number...what does that mean?

Gender and number of nouns... TAKE notes!!!!

Subject pronouns

What are subject pronouns?

Subject pronouns

Subject pronouns are used to replace a noun which is the subject of the verb, ie the person doing the action.

Here are the subject pronouns:

je (I) - when speaking about yourself
tu (you) - when speaking to a friend, young person or family member
il (he/ it) - instead of a masculine noun
elle (she/ it) - instead of a feminine noun
on (one, we, you) - when speaking about people in general
nous (we) - when speaking about a group of people including yourself
vous (you) - when speaking to more than one person, an adult you don't know or a stranger
ils (they) - for more than one male, a mixed group or a masculine noun in the plural form
elles (they) - for more than one female or a feminine noun in the plural form

Note that the subject pronoun je becomes j' before a vowel or silent h.




les numéros - video with listening comprehension...

Get out a paper and pencil, there will be 8 questions, write out the question and the answers.
Bonne chance.

Pause the video if you need more time to copy the question, write out the numbers of course!

Les couleurs...

Follow the link to another Sophia tutorial just to learn numbers!