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Ch 8: French Expressions

About This Chapter

The French Expressions chapter of this Basic French: Help & Review course is the simplest way to master French expressions. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of French expressions.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering French expressions material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn French expressions. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the use of French expressions for different situations
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning French (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about French expressions
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra French learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the French Expressions chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the French expressions chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any French expressions question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a French expressions unit of a standard basic French course. Topics covered include:

  • Techniques for writing the end of French letters
  • Idiomatic and time expressions in French
  • Communication skills, styles, and French phrases of love
  • Simple sentences in French
  • French conversation starters and common sayings
  • Describing yourself and other people in French
  • Vocabulary for weather expressions
  • Asking and providing directions
  • Apologies and negative French expressions
  • Travel phrases and ordering food
  • Terms of endearment in French

28 Lessons in Chapter 8: French Expressions
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Common French Sayings

1. Common French Sayings

Because the French are known to be very creative, you might come across the most unusual expressions during your stay in France. Here are some good ones to know, in order for you to have the proper reaction when you come across them.

Simple French Sentences

2. Simple French Sentences

While it may seem easy to just memorize vocabulary, eventually you'll need to put those words to use in sentences. This lesson will help you jump-start that process and make French more useful to you today.

French Conversation Starters

3. French Conversation Starters

It can be unnerving to start a conversation with people, and it gets more daunting when it's not in your own language! In this lesson, we'll learn about how to open a conversation in French with anyone, even a complete stranger.

French Negative Expressions & Sentences

4. French Negative Expressions & Sentences

When learning a new language, it's often just as useful to say what you don't do or what you aren't like, because you will have a limited vocabulary. Increase your skills by throwing in some negative expressions from this lesson!

Ordering Food in French

5. Ordering Food in French

French culture has a deserved reputation for being devoted to food, both in quality and the rituals of its consumption. This lesson will give you some basic phrases and vocabulary for sampling the delights of French cuisine.

French Time Expressions

6. French Time Expressions

French idioms and expressions for telling time are often far removed from English in their literal translations. This lesson aims to give you an overview of expressions both useful and colorful.

French Idiomatic Expressions

7. French Idiomatic Expressions

Have you ever felt like a fish out of water? Have you ever had to burn the midnight oil? Idiomatic expressions give a vivid description of a feeling or an experience. In this lesson, you will learn several common French idiomatic expressions.

Describing People in French

8. Describing People in French

Are you optimistic? Athletic? Serious? Lazy? Realistic? What about your friends and family members? In this lesson, you'll learn how to describe someone in French by using adjectives.

Describing Yourself in French

9. Describing Yourself in French

Are you tall or short? What color is your hair? In this lesson, you will learn to describe yourself in French. You will learn how to talk about your height and explore the names of eye and hair colors.

French Weather Expressions & Vocab

10. French Weather Expressions & Vocab

This lesson will cover the ~'Il fait~' construction and other ways of talking about the weather in French. Adjectives, nouns, and idioms will all be discussed.

Giving & Asking Directions in French

11. Giving & Asking Directions in French

If you travel in France, you may need help finding your way around. In this lesson, you will learn how to politely ask where a place is located and how to give directions.

How to End a Written Letter in French

12. How to End a Written Letter in French

When you end a written letter, do you like to finish with a 'thank you?' Do you sign off using 'sincerely?' In this lesson, you will learn some common ways to end written correspondence in French.

Il y a in French

13. Il y a in French

In this lesson, we'll work with the expression il y a in the affirmative and the negative and learn how to use it in questions and popular idiomatic expressions. You'll be able to use the phrase right away, whether you decide to travel to a Francophone country or practice your French closer to home!

How to Say Sorry in French

14. How to Say Sorry in French

While no one wants to constantly be apologizing, being able to express regret is a useful skill in any language. In this lesson, we learn a number of different ways to apologize in French.

French Phrases for Travel

15. French Phrases for Travel

This lesson provides a quick overview of some useful vocabulary to help you get around in Francophone countries. Modes of transportation and lodging will all be discussed.

French Love Phrases

16. French Love Phrases

Love makes the world go round! In this lesson, you will learn some French phrases to express love. We will look at ways to express love in romantic relationships and family relationships.

How to Say I Like You in French

17. How to Say I Like You in French

This lesson will discuss how to say that we like, love, or appreciate someone. In addition, direct objects will be discussed to explain how object placement is different in the French language than in the English language.

French Terms of Endearment

18. French Terms of Endearment

Does your mom call you 'honey' or 'sweetie pie?' Do you use a pet name for your main squeeze? Are your friends your 'peeps' or your 'crew?' This lesson will introduce you to some of the French words you can use with the people you care about in your life.

Happy Birthday in French: Song & Wishes

19. Happy Birthday in French: Song & Wishes

All around the world, people wish each other 'Happy Birthday!' In this lesson, you'll learn how to express birthday wishes and sing a birthday song. You'll also learn the ways French people typically celebrate their birthdays.

Compliments in French

20. Compliments in French

Rumor has it that Paris is the City of Love. France is also a proud country. Indeed, the French are hard workers and take pride in what they do. In this lesson, we'll learn how and when to pay compliments, depending on the context, but also how to receive them.

French Email Greetings

21. French Email Greetings

How do you begin and end email messages in French to your boss? An acquaintance? Your family? It all depends on who is receiving the email! This lesson will explore different ways of greeting someone in an email in French.

French Food Idioms

22. French Food Idioms

Was an exam ever a piece of cake and you were as cool as a cucumber while taking it? In this lesson, learn about some French food idioms like 'raconter des salades' and what they mean in English (telling an unlikely story).

How to Introduce Yourself in French

23. How to Introduce Yourself in French

The art of introduction is crucial in France. Not only does it give your addressees an idea of who you are, but it also helps them form a first (hopefully positive) opinion of you. Here are some tips for giving a good impression right from the start!

French Opinion Words & Phrases

24. French Opinion Words & Phrases

The French are known for having strong opinions and are not afraid to share them! In this lesson, we'll go over the basics of French Opinion Words and Phrases, so that you never run out of ideas!

How to Say How Old You Are in French

25. How to Say How Old You Are in French

How do you say how old you are in French? In this lesson, we'll learn how to say how old you are and ask how old someone else is. We'll also go over some other expressions and situations that are related to age.

Informal French Greetings

26. Informal French Greetings

''Bonjour'' is probably one of the very first words you learn in French, and it's a very useful word. But what if you want to say hello in a less formal way? In this lesson we'll learn how to greet someone in an informal way.

Ways to Say Goodbye in French

27. Ways to Say Goodbye in French

You know how to start and hold a conversation in French, but one of the most important impressions you can make on someone is when you say goodbye. Let's go over the different ways you can say goodbye in French.

Seasons in French

28. Seasons in French

Which season is your favorite? In this lesson, we are going to learn about the four seasons, or 'les quatres saisons' in French. You will learn how to describe the weather and some of the activities you can do.

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