Posts from 2017-09-25

Simply French for Beginners - sentence practice, our hometown

I like Whitley Bay because it is a pretty town

J’aime Whitley Bay parce que c’est une jolie ville


In Whitley Bay there are many bars and restaurants

À Whitley Bay il y a beaucoup de bars et restaurants


Tynemouth is situated beside the sea

Tynemouth est situéau bord de la mer


Cullercoats is a small town in the north east of England

Cullercoats est une petite ville du nord est d’Angleterre


I don’t like Newcastle, it is too big and too busy

Je n’aime pas Newcastle, c’est trop grand et trop occupé


On Thursdays there isn’t a lot of traffic in Whitley Bay

Les jeudis il n’y a pas beaucoup de circulation à Whitley Bay


Between Tynemouth and Whitley bay there are many beautiful beaches

Entre Tynemouth et Whitley Bay il y a beaucoup de belles plages


I like to eat fish and chips at the beach

J’aime à manger le poisson et pommes frites à la plage


There are two lighthouses at Tynemouth

Il y a deux phares à Tynemouth


In Cullercoats sometimes you can see Souter lighthouse

À Cullercoats quelquefois vous pouvez voir le Phare de Souter


We have several pretty parks in Tynemouth

Nous avons plusieurs de jolis parcs à Tynemouth


In Cullercoats we have a small library, opposite some shops

À Cullercoats nous avons une petite bibliothèque, en face de quelques magasins


The sea is very cold here, but the children like to swim sometimes

La mer est très froide ici, mais les enfants aiment à nager quelquefois


Often we buy ice cream at the beach, of course!

Souvent nous achetons une glace à la plage, bien sûr !


Normally I take the metro from Cullercoats to Tynemouth, it’s easy!

Comme d’habitude je prends le Metro de Cullercoats à Tynemouth, c’est façile !


Where is Whitley Bay? It’s simple, take this road next to the beach and continue straight ahead.

Oú est Whitley Bay? C’est simple, prenez cette rue à côté de la plage et allez tout droit


There is a little restaurant on the beach at Tynemouth. The fish is magnificent!

Il y a un petit restau à la plage à Tynemouth. Le poisson est magnifique !


I would like to take a taxi to Newcastle. Is it far from here?

Je voudrais prendre un taxi à Newcastle. Est-ce que c’est loin d’ici ?


I would like to play football, but we don’t have a ball. Where can I buy a ball?

Je voudrais de jouer au football, mais nous n’avons pas un ballon. Oú peut-je acheter un ballon ?


Vocabulary :

Things to do with location:

·         There is/there are = il y a

·         Opposite = en fâce de

·         Beside = au bord de

·         Next to = à côté de

·         Between (somewhere) and (somwhere else) = entre (somewhere) et (somewhere else)

·         Is situated  = est situé

·         North east = le nord est


Things to do with quantity or time :

·         Many of / a lot of = beaucoup de

·         Too (much) = trop

·         Several = plusieurs

·         Sometimes = quelquefois


Other words:

·         The traffic = la circulation

·         The lighthouse = le phare

·         The ball = le ballon

·         Busy = occupé

·         Easy = facile

·         Of course = bien sûr

 To swim = nager

Simply French for Beginners - our hometown

Our hometown, talking about where we live.

For this exercise we use “there is”. We will also use the exercise to remember some of the places and buildings we learned about in our session on taking and giving directions.

Il y a = there is or there are ….

Il n’y a pas = there is not or there are not ….

(Note you may see “il y en a deux, trios, etc.” = there are two of them, three of them, etc but this is not often used in conversation)

We also will give our opinion of where we live

J’aime Whitley bay = I like/love Whitley bay

Je trouve Whitley bay chouette = I find Whitley bay great

J’aime Whitley bay bien = I like Whitley bay a lot

Je n’aime pas Whitley bay = I don't like Whitley bay

Je déteste Whitley bay = I detest Whitley bay

J’aime la plage bien = I like the beach a lot

So the exercise:

Où habitez-vous? = where do you live?

J’habite à Whitley Bay = I live in Whitley bay (literally I live “at” Whitley bay)

Où est Whitley bay? = where is Whitley bay?

C’est situé du nord est d’Angleterre = it is in north east England (literally “it is situated at…”)

Est-ce que vous aimez Whitley bay? = do you like Whitley bay?

Oui, j’aime Whitley bay bien.

Pourquoi? = why?

Parce que Whitley bay est une jolie ville = because Whitley bay is a pretty town

Parce que c’est au bord de la mer = because it is beside the sea

Est-ce que Whitley bay est une grande ville? = Is Whitley bay a large town?

Non, pas particulièrement = no, not particularly

Qu’est qu’il y a à Whitley bay? = what is there at Whitley bay, what does Whitley bay have?

À Whitley bay Il y a ….. = in Whitley bay there is …… ( a beach, many bars and restaurants, etc. This is where your vocabulary from the directions will help you!)

Other helpful vocabulary:

Joli(e) = pretty

Bel(le) = beautiful

Le bel bateau = the beautiful boat / La belle mer = the beautiful sea

C’est très occupeé = it is very busy

Le weekend, c’est plein = on the weekend it is extremely busy, literally “full”

Beaucoup de = a lot (of), many (of)

Peu de = few (of), not many (of)

Le weekend, il y a beaucoup de voitures = at the weekend there are many cars

Pendant le soir, il y a peu de voitures = during the evening, there are few cars

La circulation = the traffic

La voiture = the car

La camion = the lorry

La camionette = the van

Assez = quite

Whitley bay est assez grand = Whitley bay is quite big

La plage est assez jolie = the beach is quite pretty

Aussi = also

La plage est assez longue, aussi c’est assez jolie = the beach is quite long, also it is quite pretty

Je ne sais pas = I don't know (if you don't know something, a fact, or information)


Quelle est votre restaurant favorit? = which is your favourite restaurant?

Simply French for Beginners - role play camping

Arriving at a camp site.

Camper: Ask if they have a space free for one week.

Site owner: Ask if they want a space for a tent or a caravan? Do they want to stay starting tonight?

C: Answer you have a large tent and a car. You want to stay tonight for one week.

SO: Ask how many people will stay.

C: Say three people, oh and are you allowed to have a dog on site?

SO: Say yes, you have a site next to the toilets and one next to the park.

C: Say you would like the one next to the toilets please. Ask how much it costs per night?

SO: Say it costs €25 per night, and €5 more for electricity.

C: Say that’s fine, and yes you would like electricity please. Ask if the water on site is drinkable.

SO: say no the water is not drinking water. Bottles of drinking water can be bought from the shop.

C: Ask where is the shop?

SO: Say the shop is behind the toilets.

C: Ask what time does the shop open and does it sell bread in the mornings.

SO: say the shop opens from 7:00am until 9:00pm and yes, it sells bread in the mornings.

C: Say thanks, do I need to pay my bill now or when I leave?

SO: Say you can pay when you leave. You have to leave site by 11:00am on your day of departure. Tell the guest the camping slot is straight ahead, take the first left and drive 250 metres. At the small roundabout turn right towards the toilets. The space is there. Say, enjoy your stay.


C: Say thank you and goodbye.



Caravan = une caravane/roulotte

Camping space = un emplacement

To stay = rester

To start = commencer

Tent = une tente

Per night = par nuit

To be allowed = Etre permis

Drinking water = l’eau potable

Shop = le magasin

To sell = vendre

Open / Closed = overt / fermé

To have to = devoir


Towards = vers

Simply French for Beginners - important verbs

Verbs practise:

I am =  Je suis

It is = Il est

We are = Nous sommes

You are = Vous êtes


I have = J’ai

It has = Il a

We have = Nous avons

You have = Vous avez


I make = Je fais

It makes = Il fait

We make = Nous faisons

You make = Vous fâites


I do = Je fais

We do = Nous faisons

It does = Il fait

You do = Vous fâites


I go = Je vais

It goes = Il va

We go = Nous allons

You go = Vous allez


I take = Je prends

It takes = Il prend

We take = Nous prenons

You take = Vous prenez


I must = Je dois

It must = Il doit

We must = Nous devons

You must = Vous devez


I see = Je vois

We see = Nous voyons

It sees = Il voit

You see = Vous voyez


I buy = J’achète

It buys = Il achète

We buy = Nous achetons

You buy = Vous achetez



Simply French for Beginners - recap lesson 11

Simply French recap session – warm up exercise:

My name is ….. = je m’appele

I live in Whitley Bay = j’habite à Whitley Bay

I would like …. = je voudrais

I would like to introduce Mr(s)….. = je voudrais presenter ….

Have you any butter please? = avez-vous du beurre, s’il vous plait?

Excuse me, where is the bank? = excusez-moi, oú est la banque?

Is it far from here? = c’est loin d’ici?

Where is the nearest restaurant? = oú est le restaurant plus proche?

How much is that? = c’est combine?

The hospital is behind the cathedral = l’hôpital est à derrière la cathedrale

I live next to the swimming pool = j’habite à côte de la Piscine

When is breakfast served? = à quelle heure servez-vous le petit-déjeuner ?

Can I have the bill please? = l’addition s’il vous plait?

Can I see the menu please? = est-ce que je peux voir la carte s’il vous plait?

Do you have any vegetarian meals? = est-ce que vous avez des repas végétariens ?

Please take a seat, madam = installez-vous, madame, s’il vous plait

Is the flight delayed? No, it is on time. = est-ce que le vol est en retard? Non, c’est à l’heure

The toilets are at the back, next to the kitchen = Les toilettes sone la bas, presque la cuisine

From which platform does the train to Lyon leave? = de quell quai part le train pour Lyon?

Can I have a second class return ticket to Marseille please? = Je voudrai un aller retour deuxième classe pour Marseille, s’il vous plait.

I have a problem in my bedroom, the electricity is not working = j’ai un problème dans ma chamber, l’électricité ne marche pas


The bus station is quite far from here, perhaps 20 minutes’ walk? = le routier est assez loin d’ici, peut-être vingt minutes à pied

Simply French for Beginners - role play airport

Role play – finding the right gate at the airport.

Traveller – ask someone to stop and say you are lost. Ask if they know which gate the flight to Paris leaves?

Helper – Ask them what is the flight number and what time does the flight board?

T – tell them the flight is Air France 2356 and boarding time is 16:45

H – say, let’s look at the screen. There it is. It leaves from gate G25.

T – ask if it is on time.

H – say no it is delayed by 40 minutes.

T – say thank you and goodbye.



I am lost = Je suis perdu

The flight = le vol

Boarding = embarquement

To board = embarquer

From which gate does the flight to Paris leave ? = De quelle porte part le vol pour Paris?

The screen = l’écran


Boarding card = la carte d’embarquement

Simply French for Beginners - role play train ticket

Role play – buying a train ticket.

Buyer – ask for a single ticket to Lyon for this afternoon.

Seller – ask what time do they want to travel?

B – say after 3pm.

S – say there is a train at 3:15pm.

B – ask what time does the train arrive at Lyon?

S – say it arrives at 5:30pm

B – say yes, you will have that ticket. Ask how much is it?

S – say it is 54 Euros exactly

B – ask if you can pay by credit card?

S – say yes, that is fine.

B – ask if the train is on time and from which platform will it leave?

S – say no the train is 15 minutes late and it will arrive at platform 5.

B – say thank you and goodbye.



From which platform does it leave? = de quell quai part-il?

How much is it ? = c’est combien ?

on time = à l’heure

delayed = en retard

Is the train on time ? = est-ce que le train est  à l’heure (OR )      c’est  à l’heure ? 

I take it = je le prends

Simply French for Beginners - role play hotel

Role play – going into a hotel

Greet the receptionist.

Ask if they have a room free, for 2 people, for two nights, starting tonight.

Ask if it has a shower and a hair dryer? Ask if it has a double bed or two single beds?

Ask if there is parking on site.

Ask how much is it? Ask if they have a restaurant and if they do, ask to see the menu.

Ask where the dining room is.

Ask if they have a map of the town available?

Ask how far is it to the town centre? Ask where the nearest bars and restaurants are situated?

Ask where the tourist information office is located.



Double room = une chambre double

Single room = une chambre individuelle

A map = une carte

Parking = le parking

Hair dryer = un séchoir à cheveux

Shower = une douche

Bath = un bain

Town centre = la centre ville

Is it far from here? = c’est loin d’ici ? Is it near (here) ? C’est proche ?

Nearest = le plus proche

To see the menu = voir la carte

Can I see the menu please = (using est-ce que) est-ce que je peux voir la carte s’il vous plait?

(Or) Puis-je (may I) voir la carte s’il vous plait ?

Has it…. ? does it have…. ? =( use either)  a-t-elle….? (elle because chambre is feminine) 

(or, easier) Est-ce qu’elle a….? (literally, is it that it has… ?)

Simply French for Beginners - shop role play

Role play – going into a shop.

Greet the shopkeeper

Say you would like a traditional baguette and 4 croissants please.

Ask how much is a “pain au chocolat”?

Ask for 3 of these.

Ask if the shop keeper sells butter and strawberry jam.

If they do, ask how much the butter costs. And the jam?

Buy them both.

Ask how much the total is?

Ask if they have green olives? And black olives?

Ask for a kilo of green olives and half a kilo of black olives.

Ask for 4 thick slices of ham.

Ask how much are the apples, per kilo?

Ask for 2 kilos of apples.

Say that’s everything. Ask how much is it all that together?

Count out the amount from your hand in euro coins and cents.

Say thank you and say goodbye.



How much is = combien côute…

Size = la taille

Slice = la tranche

Thick = épais(se)

A thick slice = une tranche épaisse

Thin = mince

A thin slice = une tranche mince


Each = chacun

Simply French for Beginners - relations and family members

Relations and family members

Mon père = my father

Ma mère = my mother

Mon frère = my brother

Ma sœur = my sister

Mon fils = my son

Ma fille = my daughter

Mes enfants = my children

Mon enfant = my child

Mon grandpère = my grandfather

Ma grandmère = my grandmother

Mon petit-fils = my grandson

Ma petite-fille = my granddaughter

Mes petits enfants = my grandchildren

Mon oncle = my uncle

Ma tante = my aunt

Mon cousin = my cousin (male)

Ma cousine = my cousin (female)

Mon neveu = my nephew

Ma nièce = my niece

Mon beau-père = my step father

Ma belle-mère = my step mother

Mon beau frère = my step brother

Ma belle-soeur = my step sister

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