Basic French Test For Travellers
The summer holiday is coming and maybe you are planing to visit France.
Even though France is a great, multicultural country, speaking English with the locals is far from being the reality.
That is why I invite you to check your knowledge of some basic expressions and and words in French that are essential before visiting this country.
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Knowing the names of countries in French is essential for a beginner. Not only will it allow you to speak about yourself properly, but also it will let you understand your speaker when they introduce themselves.
In France, especially in big cities like Paris, Mareseille or Nice you will come across people of different origins and nationalities. It will be easier for you to understand them if you know the names of the countries they are coming from.
What you need to know about the names of countries in French is that they normally come with a definite article (masculine or feminine). However, they are often dropped, depending on the context and the sentences in which they are used.
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Here is a simple lesson on French personal pronouns.
There are more personal pronouns in French than there are in English. Their use is quite interesting. Read about their use and do the interactive exercises below.
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10 Basic French Verbs
In this lesson you will learn 10 besic albeit probably the most important and the most frequent French verbs.
It is always wise to start learning any language by trying to master the most frequent verbs as they they allow to express the most important needs.
The list below doesn't include the two key verbs in most of the languages: to be: être, and to have: avoir. These verbs have a separate article dedicated to their meaning and their conjugation.
These verbs are also the most useful for a tourist or someone going to France and who would like to know the basis.
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French Art and Museums
One of the reasons people visit France, especially Paris, is because of the art and culture. The city is one the world's leading cultural centers among other things.
It is home to many museums and cultural attractions such as the Louvre, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Musée Cluny and Musée d'Orsay or Musée Picasso just name the most famous ones.
But visiting all these magnificent places without the slightest knowledge of French can be dull. Wouldn't it be great to get more from your visit to the Louvre for example if you could exchange in French a little with another tourist or a guide about a particular work of art ?
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