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Le tennis à Roland Garros – Advanced French

Le tennis à Roland Garros - Advanced French

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Le tennis à Roland Garros - Tennis at the French Open. Guess where France is today. She’s at Roland Garros, the French Open. Learn French with Anne’s AUDIO file and companion worksheet.

Guess where France is today. She’s at Roland Garros, the French Open. Her tennis chouchou – her favorite – is Tsonga and she’s reading an article about him, becoming famous in Ouest-France, her regional paper.

Devinez où est France aujourd'hui. Elle est à Roland Garros. Son chouchou est Tsonga et elle lit un article sur lui qui devient célèbre dans "Ouest-France", son journal local.

In the worksheet – 14 pages

  • whole text with lots of colloquial expressions
  • translation
  • list of Tennis terms in French
  • French origin of tennis
  • how to say SINCE in French
  • difference is between ‘un chiffre, un numéro and un nombre, all translated as ‘a number’ in English
  • practice

Text excerpt – challenge yourself a bit: transcribe it and check your answers

Le tennis à Roland Garros
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a joué la finale de l'Open d'Australie, sa première en Grand Chelem en 2008. Le Français Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 38e joueur mondial, s'était qualifié pour la...

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Today's French

Cryptogramme – Le tennis

Le tennis - Cryptogramme

FrenchLe tennis - Cryptogramme - Do you have a little time? Do this fun cryptogramme and learn a bit of French today.

Discover the hidden message about tennis.

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A letter is assigned to each number. Six letters are already given to you.

Bonne chance !

 

French

Cryptogramme
Le tennis

 

Solution – Answer

The message to decrypt is

La balle rebondit sur le court de terre battue.

The ball bounces on the clay court.

 

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Mot du jour Podcast

Saisir la balle au bond – French expression

Saisir la balle au bond – French expression

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What does the French expression ‘saisir la balle au bond mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s AUDIO

saisir la balle au bond to seize the ball as it bouncessaisir la balle au bond meansto seize the opportunity”.

  • « Finalement, elle l'a invité à ce resto en bord de Seine et il n'a même pas saisi la balle au bond. »
  • "Finally, she invited him to this restaurant by the Seine River and he didn't even seize the opportunity."

Tenses and Modes in French

présent : je saisis la balle au bond, nous saisissons la balle au bond

plus-que-parfait : j'avais saisi la balle au bond, nous avions saisi la balle au bond

conditionnel présent : je saisirais la balle au bond, nous saisirions la balle au bond

Related: balle, bille et boule . QUE vs. CE QUE . Tennis terms in French .

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French Open – True or False

French Open - True or False

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French Open - True or False - Roland Garros - Vrai ou Faux. Fun facts about the French Open. Le saviez-vous sur Roland Garros.

Decide if the following statements are correct – VRAI or incorrect – FAUX.

Questions

1. On appelait René Lacoste, Henri Cochet, Jean Borotra et Jacques (Toto) Brugnon ‘la bande des quatre’.

René Lacoste, Henri Cochet, Jean Borotra and Jacques (Toto) Brugnon were called ‘the gang of four’.

2. Le mot ‘love’ en tennis vient du mot ‘œuf’ qui représente un zéro.

The word ‘love’ in tennis comes from French word ‘l’œuf’ (the egg) which represents a zero.

3. Le mot ‘tennis’ vient du vieux mot parisien ‘tenez’.

The word ‘tennis’ comes from ‘tenez’, old Parisian French for ‘Here you are’.

Réponses

1. FAUX

On appelait René Lacoste, Henri Cochet, Jean Borotra et Jacques (Toto) Brugnon ‘les quatre mousquetaires’.

René Lacoste, Henri Cochet, Jean Borotra and Jacques (Toto) Brugnon were called ‘the four Musketeers’.

2. VRAI

3. FAUX

Le mot ‘tennis’ vient du vieux mot provençal ‘tenez’.

The word ‘tennis’ comes from ‘tenez’, old Provençal French for ‘Here you are’.

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la balle est dans ton camp – French expression

la balle est dans ton camp - French expression

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What does the French expression ‘la balle est dans ton camp mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s AUDIO

la balle est dans ton camp - the ball is in your camp. la balle est dans ton camp means 'the ball is in your court'.

  • « Il a dit ce qu’il en pensait et maintenant, la balle est dans ton camp. »
  • "He said what he thought about it and now, the ball is in your court."

Related: balle, bille et boule . QUE vs. CE QUE . Tennis terms in French .

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French Songs

Court central – French Pop Song

Court central - French Pop Song

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Listen to “Court central”, a French pop song by Vincent Delerm and learn vocabulary and grammar along with it in the companion worksheet.

Cette petite chanson sur le tennis est d’actualité au moment de Roland Garros. Il semble que Vincent Delerm se rappelle les devoirs qu’il faisait en écoutant la radio sur les célèbres rencontres de tennis. Écoutons cette chanson un peu hors du commun, fidèle à l’esprit de Vincent.

This little song about tennis is current at the time of the French Open. It seems that Vincent Delerm recalls doing his homework assignments as he was listening to the radio about famous tennis matches. Let’s listen to this song a little out of the ordinary, faithful to Vincent’s spirit.

In the companion worksheet – 9 pages

  • whole song
  • translation
  • French Open events
  • tennis terms in French
  • weather verbs
  • practice on all of the above and improve your French

Song excerpt – Challenge yourself and transcribe what you’re hearing

Court Central

Chewing-gum chlorophylle

Apprendre à jouer au tarot

À côté d’une fille

Au pied du lycée Clémenceau

[Un petit peu de détente...

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