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Degrees of J'aime
You're at a fancy restaurant with your colleagues Paul and Martin. You feel a bit nervous as you've just met them today on your first day of work in Bordeaux. They invite you out on your lunch break in order to get to know you. Be prepared, the French are curious, and they usually start a conversation by asking questions, which is exactly what Paul and Martin do after the waiter takes your order.
- Qu'est-ce que tu aimes faire pendant ton temps libre? (What do you like to do in your spare time?)
The most basic way to begin your answer is:
J'aime + infinitive verb
- J'aime lire (I like reading.)
J'aime + noun
- J'aime la lecture (I like reading .) Lecture is the noun derived from the verb lire.
Of course there are many other things you enjoy doing! You enjoy them all differently, but you do have a couple of faves. How do you express different degrees of appreciation?
|J'aime||I like, I enjoy|
|J'aime beaucoup||I like a lot|
|Je suis passionné par + noun||I am passionate about + noun|
If you wish to remain more neutral, you can simply say:
Je consacre mon temps libre à la lecture (I devote my free time to reading.) Literally, to the act of reading.
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Hobbies: Les Loisirs
So besides reading, quels sont tes loisirs? - what are your hobbies? - Paul and Martin ask. You answer: J'adore. . . Let's look at some vocabulary words to describe hobbies you could use to fill in the blank.
|un loisir||a hobby|
|aller au cinéma||to go to the movies|
|aller au musée||to go to museums|
|jouer au théâtre||to play (theatre)|
|me promener dans la nature (reciprocal verb)||going for nature walks|
|écouter de la musique||to listen to music|
|jouer de la musique||to play music|
|jouer aux échecs||to play chess|
|faire de l'équitation||to do horseback riding|
|jouer au tennis||to play tennis|
|faire du sport||to do sports|
You could also use the following grammar scheme:
Je suis passionné par. . . Let's look at some words you can use to complete this sentence.
Paul and Martin are amazed at the lengthy list of activities you've given them and they want to know more! You say, J'aime jouer au tennis. . . (I've liked playing tennis. . .). How could you complete this sentence? Let's look at a few details you could include to add detail to your hobby description.
|depuis longtemps||for a long time|
|depuis dix ans||for 10 years|
|tous les weekends||every weekend|
|à la campagne||in the countryside|
|pendant les vacances||during the holidays|
|avec mes amis||with my friends|
|avec ma famille||with my family|
When you describe your hobbies in French, don't forget that there are several degrees of appreciation, from J'aime (I like) to Je suis passionné par (I am passionate about). In French, J'aime le tennis (I like tennis) and J'aime jouer au tennis (I like playing tennis) have the same meaning. Don't hesitate to add details to your description. For instance, for J'aime jouer au tennis. . . you could finish the sentence by adding depuis longtemps, or tous les weekends, or avec mes amis.
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