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Lesson #16 More French verb practice


More French verb practice – Free weekly lessons for kids #16 

comment ca va?


Bienvenue! Welcome to French lesson #16: More French verb practice!

Before the Christmas break, in lesson #14,  we learnt a handful of some of the easiest French verbs to start with. We also learnt how to use the pronoun ‘Je’ to say what we are doing.

This week I thought we would take a look again at the same verbs, but this time introduce the pronouns ‘You’, ‘He’ and ‘She’ so you can start to have conversations about what other people are doing.

In this week’s email I will attach again the eight picture cards for you to print and cut out in case you have just discovered these lessons.

As well asking the question – ‘What are you doing?’

Qu’est-ce que tu fais? (kes-kuh too fay)

You will also be asking

‘What is she doing?’ Qu’est-ce qu’elle fait? (kes-kel fay)

‘What is he doing?’ Qu’est-ce qu’il fait? (kes-keel fay)

Here is a chart showing how each verb is conjugated with its pronouns
(There are a few spelling changes within the verbs but the pronunciation stays the same)

Je‘ (Juh) – I
Tu‘ (Too) – You
Elle‘ (El) – She
Il‘ (Eel) – He

Go out          Je sors – (sore)                   Tu sors              Elle sort          Il sort             
Drink           Je bois – (bwah)                Tu bois               Elle boit          Il boit
Sing             Je chante – (sharnt)        Tu chantes        Elle chante    Il chante
Dance         Je danse –  dornse)           Tu danses         Elle danse      Il danse
Eat             Je mange – (mornge)       Tu manges       Elle mange    Il mange
Swim          Je nage –  (nazj)                Tu nages           Elle nage        Il nage
Talk            Je parle – (parl)                Tu parles          Elle parle        Il parle
Jump        Je saute – (soat)                 Tu sautes          Elle saute       Il saute     

Games to play

Do you remember in lesson 2 when we gathered together lots of our cuddly toys to ask them how they are feeling? We are going to gather them together again and this time we will be asking ‘what is he /she doing?’

To start, cut out the action cards that you will find in your inbox. If you want to use more than eight toys you can print out two sets of cards.

Line up all your cuddly toys in a row and place an action card in front of each one, maybe discussing the suitability of the toy for the action. A kangaroo may jump, a penguin may swim etc!

Then practise asking your child/ren what each individual toy is doing. Don’t forget to decide the sex of each one! Eg.

le chien, qu’est-ce qu’il fait?’
‘La giraffe, qu’est-ce qu’elle fait?’

Encourage your child to respond ‘Il danse / elle chante‘ etc.

Continue talking about all the toys you have together.

Memory game

When you have discussed all of the toys’ actions you can turn the cards over and then ask your child what each toy is doing to test their memory skills!

Using language everyday

Try and use as many of the new verbs you are learning during the day whenever you see an opportunity. For example if you happen to be watching a wildlife programme you can comment on what an animal might be doing. If a lion is devouring its prey you can ask:

qu’est ce qu’il fait le lion?’ 

il mange!’

Or if someone is singing in the shower:

Qu’est-ce qu’elle fait?’

Elle chante!

Happy learning!

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