Tuesday, April 22, 2008

French lesson 13 coming up

Just a quick update to let you know I'm working on the next French lesson. I always give a lot of thoughts to what I'm going to be teaching even though I do not work from a script.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Gender and the French language

This is a question I get a lot. French people just learn which is which as you should always learn new vocab with the appropriate le or la in front of the new noun you're learning.
For example I taught you : le train and la table. Don't just learn train is train. Learn le train means train.

Here are some tricks to help you BUT be aware that there are always exceptions lurking:

Nouns ending on -ble are usually feminine (la table, la bible) BUT (le cable)
Nouns ending on -age are usually fem (la page, la page, la cage, la rage)
Nouns ending on -tre are usually fem (la montre) BUT (le centre)
Nouns ending on -me are usually fem (l'alarme, l'arme)
Nouns ending on -de are usually fem (la méthode)

Nouns ending on -ion are usually masculine (le lion, le pion)
Nouns ending on -ce are usually masc (le silence)
Nouns ending on -ite are usually masc (le granite)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Lesson 12 is up and running

Click here to get to the video.

I just finished uploading lesson 12. Verb manipulation and how to extract the stem from the ending is not an easy thing to teach but is important to know of course. One has to know about the building blocks.
I see grammar as a cook book and conjugation as a recipe to be followed.
The infinitive form of a verb is like a raw vegetable that might need cooking. For the "er" verbs, you need to peel off the "er" to cook them in the sauce of the preseent. In the written language you then need to add a pinch of salt or pepper like an "e" or an "es".

adorer is to adore. If you want to say "I adore". Take adorer and remover the "er" ending. You come up with "j'ador". That IS the way you actually say it. In the written language you need to add a dash of salt in the form of an "e" with is not actually said. You end up with "j'adore"

J'adore = I adore
Tu adores = You adore
Il adore = He adores
Elle adore = She adores

This system works for most "er" verbs of which there are thousands. Many amongst those are quite similar to the english.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

French musicals

I got a questions about French musicals I'd recommend. Not a lot of French musicals I can think of. I have enjoyed:
"Donkey Skin" and "The Young Girls of Rochefort".
Although not a musical as such I do recommend "The Chorus".

All available on Netflix

Friday, April 4, 2008

Lesson 11 released

At one point I talk about "laine". It's hard to understand that I'm saying that "la laine" is "wool" :-)
I did misspell the word responsibility at the end. I got my French mixed up with my English. In French responsibility is "responsabilité".

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Why the delays?

I know many of you check my YouTube page daily to check on my progress. I have been working on the lessons and have recorded some but I was not happy with the end result thus the delay. I'm trying to find a way to be on track to post weekly but without having to spend six hours on each lessons as I have in the past :-)
In the meantime I have been studying and answering all of the comments and questions concerning my videos.
Thank you for keeping on my toes.

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