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par monts et par vaux – French expression

par monts et par vaux - French expression

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Un mont en Ardèche

What does the French word ' par monts et par vaux ' mean? What does it sound like? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

par monts et par vaux – by small mountains and by valleys. par monts et par vaux means ‘all over the place’, physically ‘all over the place’, not ‘disorganized – all over the place’.

  • « Je ne suis pas joignable car je suis par monts et par vaux en ce moment. »
  • “I’m not reachable because all over the place these days.”

Autre expression avec MONT

promettre monts et merveilles - to promise moon and stars

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se lever – French verb conjugated

Se lever - To get up - French verb conjugated

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La petite fille se lève de sa chaise.

SE LEVER – French verb conjugated – How is this verb – 'to get up, to stand up' in English – conjugated? What does it sound like? AUDIO below, with a French accent.

Se lever is a reflexive verb. You have not only to conjugate the verb but also to decline the pronoun.

LEV- is the root of the verb

-ER is the ending of the verb

Indicatif - Indicative Mode  .... statements

présent .... present tense

je me lève .... I get up*

je ne me lève pas .... I’m not getting up

je me lève .... I get up

tu te lèves .... you get up

elle se lève .... she gets up

il se lève .... he/it gets up

on se lève .... we get up

nous nous levons .... we get up

vous vous levez .... you get up

elles se lèvent .... they get up

ils se lèvent .... they get up

*also I’m getting up…

imparfait .... imperfect

je me levais .... I used to get up*

je ne me levais pas .... I didn’t use to get up

je me levais .... I used to get up

tu te levais .... you used to get up

elle se levait .... she used to get up

il se levait .... he/it used to get up

on se levait .... we used to get up

nous nous levions .... we used to get up

vous vous leviez .... you used to get up

elles se levaient .... they used to get up

ils se levaient .... they used to get up

*also I was getting up, I would get up…

passé composé .... preterite, present perfect

je me suis levé/e .... I got up*

je ne me suis pas levé/e .... I didn’t get up

je me suis levé/e .... I got up

tu t’es levé/e .... you got up

elle s’est levée .... she got up

il s’est levé .... he/it got up

on s’est levé/s/es .... we got up

nous nous sommes levés/es .... we got up

vous vous êtes levés/es .... you got up

elles se sont levées .... they got up

ils se sont levés .... they got up

*also I have gotten up…

futur simple .... future tense

je me lèverai .... I will get up

je ne me lèverai pas .... I won’t get up

je me lèverai .... I will get up

tu te lèveras .... you will get up

elle se lèvera .... she will get up

il se lèvera .... he/it will get up

on se lèvera .... we will get up

nous nous lèverons .... we will get up

vous vous lèverez .... you will get up

elles se lèveront .... they will get up

ils se lèveront .... they will get up

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poireauter – French expression

poireauter - French expression

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des poireaux et des légumes

What does the French word ' poireauter ' mean? What does it sound like? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

If un poireau is 'a leek' - the vegetable, what to make of poireauter, then? It means 'to wait for a long time', sometimes with no expected result.

  • « Je poireaute depuis une plombe. Qu'est-ce tu fiches ? »
  • "I've been waiting for an hour. What on earth are you doing?"

Tenses and Modes

présent : je poireaute, nous poireautons

passé composé : j'ai poireauté, nous avons poireauté

futur : je poireauterai, nous poireauterons

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Adjectives – French Vocabulary

Adjectives - French Vocabulary

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Cette courette est charmante.

Liste d'adjectifs – List of French adjectives – French Vocabulary – Vocabulaire – Learn French vocabulary with Anne’s French accent and her list.

absolute absolu/e
absurd, unbelievable absurde, aberrant/e
admirable, worthy admirable
apocalyptic apocalyptique
arrogant arrogant/e, hautain/e
astounding renversant/e
attractive séduisant/e
average moyen/ne
awful, hellish infernal/e
bad mauvais/e, nul/le
bearable supportable, vivable
big, large gros/se
bold hardi/e
boring, worrisome, tedious, annoying ennuyant/e, ennuyeux/yeuse
brave courageux/geuse
brilliant magistral/e[1]
busy occupé/e, chargé/e
calm calme
captivating captivant/e
cataclysmic, catastrophic cataclysmique
catastrophic catastrophique
charming, sweet charmant/e, attachant/e
cheap bon marché
clean propre
commendable louable
condescending condescendant/e
correct, fair correct/e
credible crédible
cut-out, out there disjoncté/e
cute mignon/ne
cynical cynique
dangerous dangereux/reuse
dazzling éblouissant/e
dear (person) cher, chère
deeply moving bouleversant/e
delectable délectable
delicious délicieux/euse
delightful ravissant/e
dirty sale
disgusting dégoûtant/e, dégueulasse (fam.)
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[1] un cours magistral is a lecture

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La Belle Bière – Français Tel Quel

La Belle Bière - Français Tel Quel

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La belle bière

La Belle bière - Learn even more French with this very advanced post featuring French people talking about a particular topic and Anne’s worksheets.

La Belle Bière

Nous goûtons de la bière aujourd'hui. Elle s’appelle « La Belle » et elle est brassée à Lille, dans le nord de la France. Que vous aimiez la bière ou pas, écoutez cet extrait et apprenez encore du français cette semaine.

Today, we’re going to taste a new beer. It’s called ‘La Belle’ and is brewed in Lille, Northern France. Whether or not you like beer, listen to this passage and learn more French this week.

In the companion worksheet –  10 pages

  • script
  • translation
  • vocabulary around beer
  • saying “in their thirties, forties” and so on
  • French verbs and their prepositions. For instance: décider uses de and means ‘to decide to (do something)’ whereas se décider uses à and means ‘to make up your mind’
  • practice on all of the above

Text excerpt – Transcribe it first and check your answers

La Belle Bière

À cette heure, vous êtes peut-être à table. L’occasion de vous désaltérer avec une bonne bière. Elle est blonde,...

 

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changement d’heure – French expression

changement d'heure - French expression

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Dessin de Geluck - Le Chat

What does the French expression " changement d'heure " mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's AUDIO.

Changement d'heure - change of hour. Changement d'heure really means "daylight saving time".

  • « Ah zut ! Je l'ai réveillé. Je l'ai appelé en pensant qu'il était 8 heures, mais avec le changement d'heure, il n'était que 7 heures du mat. Il faut que je me rappelle: en octobre, on recule les aiguilles. En avril, on les avance. Merci Le Chat. »
  • "Oh bummer! I woke him up. I called him  thinking it was 8:00, but with daylight saving time, it was only 7:00 in the morning. I have to remember: in October, you move the hands back. In April, you move them forward. Thank you Le Chat."

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