Ehsan Ghanbari

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10 interesting and strange Idioms in French!

I'm listing 10 strange idioms in French that could sound a little bit weird in English literal meaning!

 

French: il fait un temps de chien!

English: The weather is so bad!

 

French:Avoir un poil dans la main

English: to be lazy

 

French: Avoir un chat dans la gorge

English: to have a frog in your throat

 

French: les doigts dans le nez

English: Doing something easily

 

French: L’habit ne fait pas le moine

English: To judge something by appearance

 

French: C’est dommage

 English: that's too bad!

 

French: Appeler un chat un chat

English: To tell the truth!

 

French: Être à l’ouest

English: Being out of something

 

French: Avoir du pain sur la planche

English: Having a lot to do

 

French: Poser un lapin à quelqu’un

English: to stand somebody up

 



Learn to Speak French Workbook

Today I'm gonna introduce you a nice and complete book about learning French language. It's been more than a decade that I've started learning French but unfortunately it's not been continuously. During the years I've seen and sometimes read a lot of books about French. Although reading the book does not suffice on learning a language but it would be helpful of course.

"Learn to Speak French, Workbook (The Learning Company)" by Linda S. Leppig is the title of the book that I'm talking about and I've approximately read it. You can get the book from amazon Online store. To tell you in detail about this book I'm listing the content of the book below:

 

  • Basic Phrases...................................................1
  • GREETINGS AND FAREWELLS ..........................................1
  • GETTING INFORMATION .................................................2
  • INTRODUCTIONS ............................................................3
  • GETTING ACQUAINTED .....................................................4
  • MAKING FRIENDS ............................................................5
  • Story and Action Dialogues ............................. 7
  • TRAVEL............................................................................7
  • Asking for Directions .............................................................. 7
  • Checking into a Hotel .............................................................. 8
  • Maid Service ........................................................................... 9
  • Making a Phone Call ............................................................. 10
  • Room Service ........................................................................ 12
  • Buying a Train Ticket ........................................................... 13
  • At the Airport ....................................................................... 14
  • Taking the Metro .................................................................. 15
  • SHOPPING .......................................................17
  • At the Bakery ........................................................................ 17
  • Shopping for Groceries............................................ 19
  • At the Butcher Shop ............................................................ 21
  • Shopping for Clothes ........................................................... 23
  • Shopping for Sundries ......................................................... 24
  • Comparison Shopping ......................................................... 26
  • EVERYDAY LIFE .................................................28
  • Greetings and Introductions................................................ 28
  • Small Talk .......................................................................... 29
  • At a Café .............................................................................. 30
  • The Family........................................................................... 31
  • Traffic Mishaps .................................................................. 33
  • LEARN TO SPEAK FRENCH
  • ii
  • Labor Day ............................................................... 35
  • Dining Out ............................................................. 37
  • Under the Weather ................................................. 39
  • Reporting a Theft ................................................... 41
  • An Evening Out ....................................................... 43
  • An Invitation ......................................................... 45
  • At the Hair Salon ................................................... 47
  • Finding an Apartment ........................................... 49
  • Moving Day .......................................................... 51
  • Locked Out ........................................................... 53
  • Fire! ...................................................................... 55
  • Grammar Topics .................................57
  • NOUNS...........................................................57
  • Gender of Nouns......................................................... 57
  • Indefinite Articles ......................................................... 57
  • Definite Articles..................................................................... 58
  • Contractions with À and Le ................................................. 59
  • Contractions with De and Le ................................................ 59
  • Negation of “Some”.............................................................. 59
  • Demonstrative Adjectives ..................................................... 60
  • PRONOUNS .......................................................61
  • Subject Pronouns .................................................................. 61
  • Direct Object Pronouns ................................................... 62
  • Pronoun On ..................................................................... 63
  • Pronoun Y ....................................................................... 64
  • Indirect Object ................................................................. 64
  • Pronoun En ...................................................................... 65
  • Celui and Lequel............................................................. 66
  • Stressed Pronouns ........................................................... 67
  • Order and Position of Object Pronouns .......................... 68
  • Pronouns in the Perfect ................................................... 68
  • Impersonal On and Se ................................................... 69
  • Relative Pronouns ........................................................... 70
  • Pronoun Review .............................................................. 71
  • iii
  • Contents
  • ADJECTIVES ............................................................72
  • Gender, Number, and Definite Articles ..................................... 72
  • Nationalities ............................................................................... 73
  • Possession: Mon ......................................................................... 74
  • Possession: Ton, Votre ................................................................ 74
  • Possession: Notre....................................................................... 75
  • Possession: Son, Leur ................................................................. 75
  • Interrogative Adjective Quel ...................................................... 76
  • VERBS ...........................................................77
  • Conjugation ........................................................................... 77
  • Regular -er Verbs ................................................................... 77
  • Regular -re Verbs ................................................................... 78
  • Regular -ir Verbs .................................................................... 79
  • Aller ....................................................................................... 80
  • Aller + Infinitive .................................................................... 80
  • Avoir ...................................................................................... 80
  • Boire ...................................................................................... 81
  • Connaître ............................................................................... 82
  • Devoir .................................................................................... 82
  • Dire ........................................................................................ 83
  • Écrire ..................................................................................... 84
  • Être ....................................................................................... 85
  • Faire ....................................................................................... 85
  • Faire + Infinitive .................................................................... 86
  • Mettre ................................................................................... 86
  • Partir, Venir, Voir ................................................................... 87
  • Plaire .............................................................................. 88
  • Pouvoir ......................................................................... 88
  • Prendre ........................................................................... 89
  • Recevoir ......................................................................... 90
  • Savoir ............................................................................. 90
  • To Know ........................................................................ 91
  • Tenir .............................................................................. 92
  • Vouloir ........................................................................... 93
  • Commands ..................................................................... 93
  • Let’s ............................................................................... 94
  • LEARN TO SPEAK FRENCH
  • iv
  • Il faut ................................................................................... 94
  • Pronominal (Reflexive) Verbs .............................................. 94
  • The Perfect............................................................................ 96
  • The Perfect with Avoir ........................................................... 97
  • The Perfect with Être ............................................................ 98
  • Monter, Descendre, Sortir..................................................... 99
  • Past Participles of Regular Verbs........................................... 99
  • Past Participles of Irregular Verbs ...................................... 100
  • Polite Requests ................................................................... 100
  • The Imperfect (Imparfait) ................................................... 101
  • The Perfect vs. the Imperfect.............................................. 102
  • The Future Tense ................................................................. 103
  • The Conditional ................................................................... 104
  • Time Expressions................................................................ 105
  • Past Perfect (Plus-que-parfait) ............................................ 106
  • Passive Voice ...................................................................... 106
  • Present Participle ................................................................. 107
  • Subjunctive: Use ................................................................. 108
  • Subjunctive: Formation ....................................................... 109
  • Verbs and Infinitives ............................................................111
  • Verb Review .........................................................................113
  • Review of Tenses ................................................................119
  • ADVERBS .........................................................123
  • Adverbs............................................................................... 123
  • Il y a (ago).......................................................................... 125
  • Depuis, Pour, Pendant......................................................... 125
  • SENTENCE STRUCTURE .....................................127
  • Chez ..................................................................................... 127
  • Negation ............................................................................ 127
  • Nothing, Nobody ................................................................. 128
  • Yes / No Questions .............................................................. 129
  • Inversion Questions ............................................................. 129
  • Qu’est-ce que ...................................................................... 130
  • Qu’est-ce qui...................................................................... 130
  • Quel...! and Que...! .............................................................. 131
  • Conjunctions .................................................................... 132
  • Que as Conjunction .......................................................... 133
  • Plus and Moins ................................................................ 134
  • Comparative ................................................................... 134
  • Superlative ............................................................. 134
  • Si Clauses .............................................................. 135
  • EXPRESSIONS.....................................................136
  • Voici / Il y a ........................................................................... 136
  • Question Words .................................................................... 136
  • Avoir Expressions ............................................................... 137
  • Être Expressions ................................................................... 138
  • Faire Expressions................................................................. 139
  • Linking Elements................................................................. 139
  • TIME AND DATES ..............................................140
  • Telling Time .......................................................................... 140
  • Expressing Dates .................................................................. 141
  • Months ..................................................................... 141
  • NUMBERS ..........................................143
  • Numbers 1–101 ....................................................................... 143
  • Grammar Exercises.................................145
  • Exercise Answers.................................... 189
  • Vocabulary.............................................205
  • Appendices............................................223
  • APPENDIX A: ARTICLE WORDS ...............................223
  • APPENDIX B: PERSONAL PRONOUNS ....................224
  • APPENDIX C: VERB REVIEW ..................................225
  • APPENDIX D: GRAMMAR GLOSSARY ......................231
  • Indices ....................................................241
  • DIALOGUES INDEX ...............................................241
  • GRAMMAR INDEX .................................................242

 



Learning a new language by Pimsleur method

It's for two or three years that the Pimsleur method has been a big part of my language learning plan. At the time being, I'm practicing French, German and Spanish via Pimsleur. Unfortunately, I just can pay time in my way to work in the morning and evening and my progress in learning the new language is so slow! But it's an inseparable daily schedule of my life.

In fact, the Pimsleur method has been created by Paul Pimsleur which is an audio-based course. It presents the different phrases and words and grammar in the language you are going to learn and then in your mother tongue or English (it's is handy). By repeating every phrase and words and grammar for several times in a different form and situation, it forces you to learn the new language; and that's the main point and advantage of the Pimsleur method. The motioned method is great for starting. In order to get familiar with the structure and spelling of the language, it would be helpful! For more information about the supported language, you can refer to https://www.pimsleur.com



French Quick Start 1

Greeting

 

  •  Have a good trip!
  • Where do you come from?/where are you from?
  • what do you want to do (formal)?
  • do you speak English? (formal)
  • it is very nice!
  •  See you tomorrow!
  • Good day!
  • Happy birthday!
  • Welcome!
  • Congratulations!
  • Have a good holiday!
  • Have fun!
  • How old are you? I'm 30
  •  What’s your name?
  •  I’m going to vomit! 
  • I don’t feel very well
  • I don’t speak (much) French
  •  I didn’t understand anything/I haven’t understood anything
  • It’s nothing/don’t mention it 
  • How’s it going?
  • How do you spell that?
  • How do you say __ in French?
  • What does this mean?
  • At what time do the shops open?
  • What time is it please?
  • Would you please write it down here?
  • Could you please speak slowly!?
  • Speak in French, I Understand!
  • Sorry, I know a little French
  • Would you please help me?
  • Excuse me!
  • I'm good!
  • How do you do!
  • My name is…
  • What's your name?
  • It was great seeing you!
  • Thank you!
  • Good Night!
  • Good Afternoon!
  • Good Morning!
  • How are you?
  • Hello

 

  • Bon voyage!
  • D'où venez-vous? / D'où venez-vous?
  • que voulez-vous faire (formel)?
  • parlez vous anglais? (formel)
  • c'est vraiment bien!
  • Rendez-vous demain!
  • Bonne journée!
  • Joyeux anniversaire!
  • Bienvenue!
  • Toutes nos félicitations!
  • Passe de bonnes vacances!
  • S'amuser!
  • Quel âge avez-vous? j'ai 30 ans
  • Quel est votre nom?
  • Je vais vomir!
  • Je ne me sens pas très bien
  • Je ne parle pas (beaucoup) français
  • Je n'ai rien compris / je n'ai rien compris
  • Ce n'est rien / ne le mentionne pas
  • Comment ça va?
  • Comment épelez-vous cela?
  • Comment dit-on en français?
  • Qu'est-ce que ça veut dire?
  • À quelle heure les magasins ouvrent-ils?
  • Quelle heure est-il s'il vous plaît?
  • Pourriez-vous l'écrire ici?
  • Pourriez-vous s'il vous plaît parler lentement!?
  • Parle en français, je comprends!
  • Désolé, je connais un peu le français
  • Pourriez vous m'aider s'il vous plait?
  • Pardon!
  • Je vais bien!
  • Comment allez-vous!
  • Je m'appelle…
  • Quel est ton nom?
  • C'était super de te voir!
  • Je vous remercie!
  • Bonne nuit!
  • Bonne après-midi!
  • Bonjour!
  • Comment ça va?
  • Salut

 

 

At the Airport

  •  What time is check out?
  • Would you please take me to this address?
  • Where is the bus station?
  • Where is the subway?
  • Where is the taxi station?
  • Where can I change my money?
  • It's for my personal use!
  • Here is my passport.
  • I am here for sightseeing only!
  • Where is my baggage!?
  • Quelle heure est-il?
  • Voulez-vous bien m'emmener à cette adresse?
  • Où est l'arrêt de bus?
  • Où est le métro?
  • Où est la station de taxi?
  • Où puis-je changer mon argent?
  • C'est pour mon usage personnel!
  • Voici mon passeport.
  • Je suis ici uniquement pour faire du tourisme!
  • Où sont mes bagages!?

 

 

In the Hotel

  •  I want a room with one/two beds.
  • Do you have an empty room?
  • Where is the…?
  • Do you have an extra blanket?
  • The room is warm.
  • The water is cold.
  • My room is cold.
  • I will be right back in a few hours.
  • Could you please have my hotel key/card for me?
  • Where is it?
  • When is breakfast?
  • How much are the costs?
  • A room with one bed.
  • I want a room for two-person, please.
  • The number 192.
  • I have a reservation at this hotel.
  • Je veux une chambre avec un / deux lits.
  • Avez-vous une pièce vide?
  • Où est le…?
  • Avez-vous une couverture supplémentaire?
  • La pièce est chaleureuse.
  • L'eau est froide.
  • Ma chambre est froide.
  • Je serai de retour dans quelques heures.
  • Pourriez-vous avoir ma clé / carte d'hôtel pour moi?
  • Où est-ce?
  • Quand est le petit déjeuner?
  • Quels sont les coûts?
  • Une chambre avec un lit.
  • Je veux une chambre pour deux personnes, s'il vous plaît.
  • Le nombre 192.
  • J'ai une réservation dans cet hôtel.

 

 

In Taxi

  • How much does it cost?
  • How much does it cost to take us over there?
  • What are the sightseeings of this city?
  • At 8 o'clock.
  • I want a taxi for tomorrow, is it possible for you?
  • Do we want to go to this address?
  •  Combien ça coûte?
  • Combien cela nous coûte-t-il de nous emmener là-bas?
  • Quels sont les sites touristiques de cette ville?
  • À 8 heures.
  • Je veux un taxi pour demain, est-ce possible pour vous?
  • Voulons-nous aller à cette adresse?

 

In the Street

  •  Where is the closest metro station
  • Where is the … street?
  • Where is the nearest restaurant?
  • I'm lost!
  • Excuse me, would you please help me with this address?
  • Où se trouve la station de métro la plus proche
  • Où est la rue?
  • Où est le restaurant le plus proche?
  • Je suis perdu!
  • Excusez-moi, pourriez-vous m'aider avec cette adresse?

 

 

Shopping Center

  • How much do I owe you?
  • I don't want this!
  • Until when your shop is open?
  • Do you have this in another color?
  • Do you have this in a bigger/smaller size?
  • I want this!
  • I like this one!
  •  Combien je te dois?
  • Je ne veux pas ça!
  • Jusqu'à quand votre boutique est ouverte?
  • Avez-vous ceci dans une autre couleur?
  • Avez-vous cela dans une taille plus grande / plus petite?
  • Je veux ceci!
  • J'aime celui la!

 



About Me

Ehsan Ghanbari

Hi! my name is Ehsan. I'm a developer, passionate technologist, and fan of clean code. I'm interested in enterprise and large-scale applications architecture and design patterns and I'm spending a lot of my time on architecture subject. Since 2008, I've been as a developer for companies and organizations and I've been focusing on Microsoft ecosystem all the time. During the&nb Read More

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