This first lesson teaches many important aspect of French like prepositions, vocabulary list about directions and finally common phrases about how to introduce yourself. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at French Classes.
Prepositions are used in almost every sentence. They can be a great tool to link words with each other. For example by simply knowing how to use "to", "with", "from", "after" you can expand your conversation scope. In short, a preposition describes a relationship between words in a sentence, for example: I agree with you.
Below is a list of 27 prepositions that you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, French, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.
|In front of||en face de|
|On top of||sur|
|About (in regards to)||sur|
|As (similar to)||comme|
|From||à partir de|
|Instead of||au lieu de|
|Until||jusqu'à ce que|
Now we will try to implement some of the prepositions above into full French sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.
|Can I practice Italian with you?||Puis-je pratiquer l'italien avec vous?|
|I speak French but with an accent||Je parle français mais avec accent|
|I was born in Miami||Je suis né(e) à Miami|
|I'm from Japan||Je suis du Japon|
|The letter is inside the book||La carte est dans le livre|
|The pen is under the desk||Le stylo est sous le bureau|
|Can I help you?||Puis-je vous aider?|
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Below is a list of 28 words and sentences related to directions that you might need when lost or asking for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to travel from point A to point B by following directions.
|Can you help me?||Pouvez-vous m'aider?|
|Can you show me?||Pouvez-vous m'indiquer?|
|Come with me!||Venez avec moi!|
|Downtown (city center)||Le centre-ville|
|Excuse me! (to ask someone)||Excusez-moi!|
|Go straight||Allez tout droit|
|How can I get to the museum?||Pour aller au musée?|
|How long does it take to get there?||Ça prend combien de temps pour y aller?|
|I'm lost||Je suis perdu(e)|
|I'm not from here||Je ne suis pas d'ici|
|It's far from here||Il est loin d'ici|
|It's near here||Il est près d'ici|
|One moment please!||Un moment, s'il vous plaît!|
|Turn left||Tournez à gauche|
|Turn right||Tournez à droite|
|To drive||conduire / aller en voiture|
|Traffic light||Les feux|
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Finally, a couple sentences to help you know how to introduce yourself in French. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our French Phrases page. Enjoy!
|Do you speak English?||Parlez-vous anglais?|
|Just a little||Oui, un peu|
|What's your name?||Vous vous appelez comment?|
|My name is (John Doe)||Je m'appelle (Jacques Bonhomme)|
|Mr... / Mrs. ... / Miss...||Monsieur... / Madame... / Mademoiselle...|
|Nice to meet you!||Enchanté(e)!|
|You're very kind!||Vous êtes très gentil!|
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Congratulations! You finished your 4th lesson in French about prepositions, and directions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend French Lesson 5. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn French homepage.