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



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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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