Assimil French: Lesson 1

Assimil French Without Toil / Assimil French With Ease

These are the vocabulary and translation exercises for “Assimil French Without Toil” (1940 Edition) that I found available for free on the website of the University of Waterloo Computer Science Club website:

(Unfortunately this link doesn’t seem to work sometimes. However, the Assimil Method booklets from 1940 and 1950 can be found online. Just google it).

The idea is to read the booklet by Assimil and then come back here and try to do the gap filling exercises.

Assimil French: First Lesson – Première Leçon

Bon voyage !

What you will learn in this lesson ?

  • Basic French conjugation of the verbs: aller, partir, rester, avoir
  • Some basic French greetings
  • How to make simple simple statements
  • How to ask questions (inversion + a hyphen “-“)

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Lesson 8: French Basic Words and Expressions 3: Questions and Exclamations

The third part of “Learn the basic words and sentences in French”. Learn the basic Greeting words in French. If you want to start with something really simple or if you just want to to be speaking some basic French words to be polite with the French people on your journey to a French speaking country, then this lesson is for you. You may also see this lesson as a reminder of the words you had learned long, long time ago. Have fun !

1. French Basic Words: Questions and Exclamations

French English
1. Comment allez-vous How are you ? (polite, formal)
2. Ça va How are you doing ? / Is everything all right ? (informal)
3. Tout va bien Is everything all right ? (more formal)
4. Il n’y a pas de problème No problem ! / That’s all right !
5. Allez-y (Please) Go on ! (formal)
6. Ça y est !   That’s it ! / Got it !
7. C’est du n’importe quoi That’s nonsense !
8. C’est fou That’s crazy !
9. C’est bon That’s ok ! / I got it / No worries !

2. Notes

There aren’t any notes so far.

3. Exercise

Translate the following into French:

1. please ! (informal, friendly)
2. please ! (formal, polite)
3. Thank You !
4. Thank You very much !
5. You're welcome !
! (formal)
6. Don't mention it ! (friendly)
7. You're welcome ! (polite)
8. Excuse-me / Sorry ! (formal, polite)

9. I'm sorry !
10.(I'm) sorry !

4. Homework

  1. Learn the words by heart.
  2. Try to imagine a scene in which each of these expressions could occur and write them down.