Learning French in Paris, Leçon 1 – 4

Crépieux, G. Massé, O. Rousse, J. (2013) Interactions 1: Méthode De Français (Course material for Français langue étrangère at Lycée d’Adultes, Paris)

Add the vowels to the letters and make the sounds. For example; pa, ta, ka, etc… The letters are grouped according to the different ways your tongue moves when making the sound.

  • ɲ is the sound nga
  • ʃ is the sound sha
  • ʒ is the sound ja

Meeting people

Take this conversation for example.

Person SpeakingFrenchEnglish
JackBonjour John. Comment allez-vous?Good day, John. How are you?
JohnBonjour Jack. Très bien, merci et toi, Ça va?Good day, Jack. Very well thank you, and how are you?
JackPas malNot bad
JackSalut Max. Ça va?Hello Max. How are you?
MaxÇa va, et trois?Well, and you?
JackJe vous présente Sarah. Notre nouvelle voisine.I present to you, Sarah. Our new neighbor.
JohnAh bon. Enchantée Sarah.Really? Nice to meet you, Sarah.
JohnÀ bientôt Jack. Au revoir Max. Bonne journée.See you soon Jack. Goodbye Max.
SarahOui. À bientôt John.Yes. See you soon, John.

It begins with Jack saying “Good Day” to John with bonjour and then asking how he is with, “Comment allez-vous?”. Jack uses the formal version of hello and how are you. He could have said,”Salut John. Ça va?”. Contrast that with Jack greeting Max. They obviously know each other.

Also, Jack switches back to formal when presenting their new neighbor, Sarah. Note the feminine spelling of nouvelle, voisine, and enchantée instead of nouveau, voisin, or enchanté.

Say who it is

Again, from the conversation above, imagine if Sarah had not been near, or Jack showed John a photo of her. Then the conversation might have been more like this.

Person SpeakingFrenchEnglish
JohnC’est qui?Who is it?
JackC’est SarahIt is Sarah.

These notes are from Interactions 1 Méthode de Française A1.1 and where copyrighted work is used it is done so under the New Zealand Copyright Act 1994.

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