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chez ma tante – French expression

chez ma tante – French expression

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chez ma tante = au crédit municipal

What does the French expression ‘ chez ma tante ’ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s audio.

chez ma tante – at my aunt’s. chez ma tante’s official name is ‘au Crédit Municipal’ and it means ‘at the pawn shop’. Sometimes, you can also hear ‘au mont-de-piété’ and ‘au clou’.

  • « J’ai besoin de liquide tout de suite et je vais mettre ma guitare chez ma tante. »
    “I need cash right away and I’m going to put my guitar at the pawn shop.”

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Strikes and Protests – French Puzzle

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Mots Croisés – Crossword Puzzle in French

Les Grèves et les Manifs – Strikes and Protests

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Définitions – Clues

claim, demand job insecurity
conflict layoff
unemployment delegation
union
compensation
short for protest
abbreviation for ‘compensatory time’

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French vocabulary Strikes and Protests

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Strikes and Protests French terms – Grèves et Manifs en France – French terms about worker’s claims and about the recession.

Find or search your word in this long list

France is in a full-on recession period. I compiled this list of words you might come across as you read a French paper or listen to the French news.

  1. authorities — fp — collectivités
  2. base salary — m — salaire de base
  3. benefits — mp — avantages sociaux
  4. blue-collar worker — m/f — ouvrier/ ouvrière
  5. compensation — f — indemnité, indemnisation
  6. compensatory time — f — RTT, Réduction du Temps de Travail
  7. conflict — m — conflit
  8. day / night shift — f — équipe de jour / de nuit
  9. delegation — f — délégation
  10. demand, claim — f — revendication
  11. employment agency — f, m — agence pour l’emploi, Pôle Emploi
  12. financial difficulty — f — difficulté financière
  13. job insecurity — f — précarité
  14. jobless — m/f — sans-emploi
  15. layoff — m — licenciement
  16. looking for a job — f — recherche d’un emploi
  17. march, protest — f — manif, manifestation
  18. minimum wage — m — SMIC, Salaire Minimum interprofessionnel de Croissance (used to be SMIG)
  19. overtime — f — heure supplémentaire
  20. paid leave, vacation — m — congé payé
  21. recession — f — récession, crise économique
  22. solidarity measures — f — action sociale
  23. staff reduction — f — compression de personnel
  24. strike — f — grève
  25. to protest, to march — ø — manifester
  26. unemployment — m — chômage
  27. union, trade union — m — syndicat
  28. vacancy (job) — m — poste vacant, poste à pourvoir
  29. welfare solidarity income — m  — RSA, Revenu de Solidarité Active
  30. white-collar worker — m/f — employé/e de bureau

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Qui va payer pour la manif ?– Who’s going to pay for the demonstration? – French dictation with Anne

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Qui va payer pour la manif ?

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Practice French past participles

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Il a appris à admirer les fleurs.

Practice past participles – What the past participles in French?

Practice past participles

Il a appris à admirer les fleurs.

He learned to admire flowers.

Il avait appris à admirer les fleurs.

He had learned to admire flowers.

 In these two sentences, the compound verbs have a helping verb – A and AVAIT – and a past participle – APPRIS. Learning what the past participle for each verb isn’t intuitive. You can see how it works here.

Today’s French task is to say the past participle for each infinitive you hear.

 

infinitif participe passé
accueillir
aimer
apprendre
avoir
construire
courir
détruire
être
mettre
mourir
naître
ouvrir
pouvoir
produire
recevoir
reconnaître
rendre
savoir
sortir
souffrir
sourire
valoir

 

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French past participles list

French past participles list

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Elle est partie cueillir des fleurs dans le champ.

French past participles – Les participes passés – What are the French past participles? How do you say them? Listen to Anne’s AUDIO.

  • Bad news: past participles are all over the place, have no logics, and have to be memorized.
  • Good news: past participles don’t change with the conjugation.

Memorizing past participles is a long chore. I compiled this list organized by past participle endings. Learn it in bits and pieces, don’t try to memorizing the whole thing at once. Make flash cards, write down lists for yourself, have a friend quiz you on it. This list has all of the verbs you need to know to hold a near-fluent conversation. There are four columns. The last one tells you which verb uses which helping verb.

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-é participles

All –er verbs end their past participle in –é. That’s a good rule to know.

past participle infinitive English helping verb
aimé aimer to like, to love avoir
chanté chanter to sing avoir
mangé manger to eat avoir
voyagé voyager to travel avoir
…é all –er verbs

-ert participles

past participle infinitive English helping verb
couvert couvrir to cover avoir
découvert découvrir to discover avoir
offert offrir to offer avoir
ouvert ouvrir to open avoir
souffert souffrir to suffer avoir

 -i participles

past participle infinitive English helping verb
accueilli accueillir to welcome avoir
cueilli cueillir to pick avoir
dormi dormir to sleep avoir
fini finir to finish avoir
menti mentir to lie avoir
parti/e partir to leave être
ri rire to laugh avoir
senti sentir to smell, to feel avoir
servi servir to serve avoir
sorti sortir to leave, to go out avoir/être
souri sourire to smile avoir
suffi suffire to be enough avoir
suivi suivre to follow avoir

 

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