The French like talking about the weather: so do not hesitate to engage into a small talk ( culturally, the Germans are opposite on this matter…it is considered as ” superficial talk” in Germany and not relevant. So you will need a different approach as a learner of German).
But while staying in Paris, speaking of the weather is totally approriate: most people will respond to your small talk.
To complete the last article, here are a few French expressions related to meteorological conditions:
Hope this will help you perfect your conversation. Feel free to contact me for any question you may have.
Your French is still basic, but you’d be keen on engaging conversation with French people? There is an easy way to get involved into a superficial conversation. In France we are calling it ” parler de la pluie et du beau temps” ( literally speaking of the rain and good weather), so taking part in some small talk.
The weather forecast is called “la météo”.
Here are a few basic expressions that are very easy to use
Using “Il fait”
It is cold= Il fait froid
It is hot= il fait chaud
Il fait mauvais= the weather is bad
Il pleut= it is raining
Il neige= it is snowing
Il fait beau= the weather is nice
Using ” Il y a”
Il y a du soleil= it is sunny
Il y a du vent= it is windy
Il y a du brouillard= it is foggy
Il y a de l’orage= a thunderstorm is breaking out
Think of using ” avoir” when speaking of sensations about the weather ( being hot, being cold)
J’ai froid= I am cold
Je gèle= I am freezing
J’ai chaud= I am hot
J’ai très chaud= I am very hot
DO NOT USE TO BE IN FRENCH WHILE SPEAKING OF BEING HOT! IT COULD BE MISINTERPRETED AS LEWD SPEECH AND PUT YOU INTO SERIOUS TROUBLE!
Always mind your grammar.
Do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to help you progress and succeed in your learning.
Some language learners sometimes complain that they have spent months, or even years, without reaching any progress.
Whether you are a beginner in French or in German, there are some common mistakes you should avoid if you really want to make some consistent progress in your language.
First of all, DO NOT MAKE ANY VOCABULARY LIST!
The following rule is true for ANY language. You don’t learn a language by acquiring numerous words of vocabulary. You start learning a language by INTEGRATING YOUR WORDS WITHIN SPECIFIC STRUCTURES.
As a beginner, you must make an effort to learn ¨PLAIN SENTENCES”.
French and German lessons are ALL à la carte. You decide what really fits your needs!
Also, you will be given the right tips by a professional and native speaker to improve your skills DAILY.
By acquiring idioms, you will not only be aware of the literal meaning of the expressions, but you will also understand the metaphor. It will make the memorization of simple words easier.
In addition, you will sound more authentic!
“Nicht alle Tassen in Schrank haben”, literally ” to not have all the marbles in your cupboard”, to be out of your mind, to be mad.
You could hear from a German person’s mouth: “Ich glaube, du hast wohl nicht alle Tassen im Schrank!”
“Quand les poules auront des dents” literally means “when chicken will have teeth”, so to say NEVER, since chicken don’t possess teeth!
“Quand est-ce que Charles fera ses devoirs sérieusement?”
“Quand les poules auront des dents!”
Are you committed to make some considtentprogress in French or German? Contact me and we will arrange some lessons. BOOK NOW!
You’ve been working on your favorite language-French or German- for years. You now master structures and are much at ease. You are receiving great compliments for your fluency.
You have been asking yourself if it would be possible to reach a higher level of mastery of your language that would allow you to be mistaken for a native speaker?
People have probably told you that this is impossible.
Well, a lot of things seem impossible until they are done.
So, are you willing to take your “Turing test” in French or German?
Here are a few advices to succeed in your goal:
What else? Practice, practice, practice…be a parrot, copy speech and body language…
If you manage to turn impossible into I’m possible, you’ll certainly pass your Turing test!
Until then: fake it…until you make it!
Good luck on your future endeavors!
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Why learn idioms?
It is very important that you learn your idiomatic expressions while progressing with your language. Idioms will truly make a difference and will make you sound more confident and more fluent.
You can trust your native tutor, who will introduce you into them very naturally.
Here are a few of them. Have fun!
“tomber dans les pommes”
A proper conjugation of your French verbs is a MUST if you want to be able to communicate properly.
Therefore, here are some basics you need to know.
-Learn the conjugation of the auxiliaries « être » or « avoir » by heart. Do it once at all. It will always serve your conversational goals !
J’ai Je suis
Tu as Tu es
Il, elle, on a Il, elle, on est
Nous avons Nous sommes
Vous avez Vous êtes
Ils, elles ont Ils, elles, sont
There are three groups of verbs in French that are characterized by their specific infinitive endings
-first group : infinitive endings in -er example : manger, regarder, aimer
-second group : infinitive endings in -ir example : finir
first person plural:-issons
-third group : infinitive endings in -ir, -oir, example : courir, savoir, prendre
I usually don’t push clients to buy books, but I would strongly advise that you acquire le Bescherelle, that is excellent for French and foreign learners.
It contains very helpful explanations and specific conjugation tables.
Another tip I’d like to give you is to speak French as much as possible ! Do not be afraid to make mistakes. This is how you will better yourself constantly.
Always remember that the French are willing to help you. People will be keen on correcting you-if you DARE to at least TRY.
If you have a specific grammar point that poses you problem, I am here to help. Do not hesitate to contact me and we will work it out together.