In our 13th June 2018 session we used ordinary playing cards to practise our knowledge of numbers.
- we ignored the suits for this game, only using the numbers;
- the dealer places one card on the table for a player, they have to say the number in French e.g. 5 = cinq);
- They are then dealt a second card and they have to say this one in French and then add it to the first (e.g. 4 = quatre, so 4 et 5, c'est 9);
- Then they have to view the cards as "tens" and "units", so in the above, cards 4 and 5 together reads as 45, so they have to say 45 in French;
- Finally they are dealt a third card and they have to read this as hundreds, tens and units, so if card 7 was placed alongside 4 and 5, it reads as 745, and the player has to say 745 in French. We even added thousands by adding a 4th card...
- Then you move to the next player and repeat.
- to make the maths easier the picture cards dropped their "tens" value to only their "units" value - therefore: Jack which normally is 11, drops the ten and becomes 1; queen is normally 12 so drops the ten and becomes 2; King is normally 13 becomes 3, Ace becomes 1.
Some general French vocabulary for playing cards.
Picture card names:
- Le valet = the jack
- La dame = the queen
- Le roi = the king
- L’as = the ace (pronounced “ass”)
- Diamonds = Carreau
- Clubs = Trèfle
- Spades = Pique
- Hearts = Cœur
- So, Le deux de carreau = the 2 of diamonds
- Le six de pique = the 6 of spades
- Le roi de trèfle = the king of clubs
- La dame de cœur = the queen of hearts