Sunday, January 16, 2011

french weather terms definitions

French Weather Terms Definitions: In French and in English.
French Weather is easy to master if you know the definitions of the terms. Just read this article and you will be all set to make simple remarks about the weather. 

English                               French

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

French Verbs Made Easy With Examples Included

The French language is a pretty difficult one compared to English but it can all be made simple if you know the fundamentals. Here, I will show you the basics of French verbs and make them easy for you. There will be examples as well to help you along the way.

You will first need to know how to conjugate a verb before you start using them.

How to conjugate a verb in the present tense:

Mange - to eat

Je mange                    Ending with e
Tu manges                  Ending with es
Il/Elle mange               Ending with e
Nous mangons            Take out the e and replace with ons
Vous mangez              Ending with ez
Ils/Elles mangent         Ending with ent

Next, you will want to learn how to use verbs in a sentence.

          aller means to go. You use it in a sentence when you want to say something along the lines of " Je aller au lac" which means I go to the lake.

          ecouter means to listen to. When you say that you are listening to music you say " Je ecouter de la musique"

          faire- to do something. Faire is used when you are going to do something that you wouldn't "play" such as skiing. Faire would mean "to go" do something. In English, it would be improper to say " I want to play skiing" but instead " I want to go skiing"

         Jouer is used when you are going to play something such as basketball. It would be OK, in English, to say, " I want to play basketball

There are some exceptions and others that you wouldn't use a lot. Here are the common ones:

  • Nager- to swim. You wouldn't need anything in front of Nager and just say "Je nager ( I swim)"
  • Pecher a la ligne- To go line fishing
  • Sauter a la corde- To jump rope

To say you don't do something you put ne.....pas
       Ex. Je ne joue pas au tennis
                I don't play tennis

Some Verbs To Remember:

  • Chanter - To Sing
  • Diner - To Have Dinner
  • Parler- To Talk/Speak
  • Travailler- To work
  • Voyager- To Travel
  • Aimer- To like
  • Habite- Live somewhere
  • Inviter- To invite
  • Regarde- To Watch or To Look At
  • Ecoute- To listen

Now you can expand your French to include how much you do something.
         ex. Je beaucoup ami voyage
It should be "Je ami beaucoup voyage" ( I like to travel a lot)

Here are some useful describing words:
  • Bien- Well. 
  • Tres Bien- Very Well
  • Mal- Badly
  • Beaucoup- A lot
  • Un Peu- A Little
  • Souvent- Often
  • Toujours- Always
  • Aussi- Also
  • Maintenant- Now
  • Rarement- Seldom, Rarly
Now go out there and use your French! I also have more French blog posts that would be helpful as well. 
Thanks, The Informer.

Basic Facts On France

Even though France is not as large as it used to be under Napoleon, it is one of the most powerful and influential nations. It is beneficial to know some basic facts and background information about this prosperous county. I included the basic facts on France in French and English to make it easier on you guys. Whether you need basic facts for a school class or just to find out more of the country who has a larger power to land size than any other country, here are some good things to know about France:

(However, if you are going to travel to France, it won't be hurtful to get some detailed eyewitness travel guides to your doorstep tomorrow:France (Eyewitness Travel Guides) 

France's capital city is Paris

Capitale: Paris

The population is roughly 60 million inhabitants

Population: Soixante millions d'habitants

The French Motto is : Liberty, Equality, Freedom

Devise: Liverte, Egalite, Fraternite

The French Flag consists of the colors Blue, White, and Red in that order from left to right

Le Drapeau Francaise couleurs est Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge

The currency in France is the Euro

Monnaie: l'euro

France consists of many ethnicities. The majority are European but France also has people originating from Afria and Asia.

France est multi-ethnique. Origine de la population: europeenne (Majorite), africane, et asiatique.

The principle religions practiced are: Catholic (Majority), Muslim, Protestant, and Jewish

Le Principales Religions pratiquees: Catholique (Majorite), Musulmane, Protestante, et Juive

Hope you learned something from reading this. If you want to get a cheap and decent sized flag- 30x45 centimeter (12x18 inches), just click on the image on on the bottom.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Du De la Des De -When And How To Use Them In French

"He who fears suffering is already suffering that which he fears"

La Fontaine.
Hello. If you happened to stumble to this article, you are probably like the hundreds of people in the world, including me, it seems like there is not place to give you a quick and precise description about when to use “de” “des” “de la” and “du” without requiring you to take a costly French course. Well your in luck today because I will give you a brief overview of when you should use  “de” “des” “de la” and “du”.

Du- It is masculine and is used when the amount is not specified and means “some”.
              Ex. Je ne mange pas du jambon     ( I do not eat ham)

In that case, you are stating that you do not eat ham and doesn't specify how much ham but only specifies that you do not like it.
Jambon is masculine, and in this case, it’s plural and does not specify on the amount

(Note: Du is actually de + le)

De la- de la is used just like du. However, it is for feminine subjects. De la is still plural and does not specify on the a
mount. In English it would be “some”.

Ex. Je mange de la creme ( I eat cream)

De- de is basically used in a negative sentence.

Ex. Pas de soleil ( No sun)

De can also be used when referring to the amount of something.

For Example, Je mange de la kilo de sucre.  
                     I    ate       a    kilo  OF sugar

Des- The same as De and De La but is the plural form. There is a number attached to the amount and can be specific on the amount given.
Ex. J’aime des noisettes               (I like Hazelnuts)