Names of Countries in French: Masculine Feminine Articles

Masculine Feminine Definite Articles with the Names of Countries in French

When evoking the names of countries in French, you will usually use a definite French masculine, feminine or plural article (le / la / les) to go with it.

It means that when speaking about a specific country, let’s take France and Germany for example, you will need to say ” l’Allemagne” but not “Allemagne” and “la France” and not just “France”. Example:

  • A: Quel est le nom du pays à l’est de la France ? What’s the name of the country east of France ? 
  • B: C’est l’Allemagne. It’s Germany. 

However if you are interested in expressing in French the idea of going to a country, city or continent (Eg. Je suis à Paris, Je vais en Russie, Je vis aux Etats-Unis), you should check the “à”, “en” and “aux” lesson.

When Use the Definite Article ?

In general, you must use a definite article in front of the names of countries, continents, mountains, seas, lakes and rivers. Some of the frequent usage examples:

 

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Lesson 11: Asking For Information

In this lesson you will learn how to approach people in the street and ask politely for information. You will learn the vocabulary related to travel and you will also be introduced to the French conditional. The content of this lesson corresponds to A2 CEFR level of French. Enjoy !   Asking for information = demander des renseignements

Dialogue

Excusez-moi, je suis perdu. Pourriez-vous m’aider, s’il-vous-plaît ?  
Bien sûr ! Comment je peux vous aider ?
Pourriez-vous me montrer sur la carte où je suis?
Nous sommes ici, à cet endroit.
D'accord. Merci beaucoup.

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French Grammar: Different Tenses Present, Past, Future Tenses

How well do you know the French Present, Past, Future Tenses ?

One of the efficient ways to assimilate grammar is to use it in a meaningful context.

Read the story of a person who lives in France. Choose the appropriate form of the verb. The present, past and the future tenses are used. This exercise is useful not only to check your knowledge of the different forms of different important French verbs, it is also an example of how to speak about you: where you are from, what your nationality is, what your work is, what you did in the past and what you would like to do in the future. 

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Edith Piaf Je ne regrette rien Lyrics Paroles

Edith Piaf Je ne regrette rien French Lesson

Listen to this iconic French song and try to fill in the lyrics in the exercise below.

This song is quite interesting in terms of learning content. Several interesting expressions are still in use today, lots of basic albeit important vocabulary. And the famous “trilling” French r that that was quite in vogue at that epoch.

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Describing Weather in French

Weather in French in France

Weather Vocabulary in French

This lesson is A1 CEFR lesson to describe the weather in French in a simple way.

To speak about weather in French, there are three simple ways to do this. You can use either “Il fait + adjective”, which literally means “It makes cold / hot / bad / etc.”, or you can use “Il y a ….” (There is ….).

There are 12 sentences in this lesson followed by a quiz and exercises section.

Quel temps fait-il ?

What’s the weather like ?

Il fait froid.

It’s cold.

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