Thursday, April 15, 2010

Leçon du jour

A little practice goes a long way. I am spending at least ten minutes twice a day (once in the morning and again before bedtime) with my little French phrases book and visiting online sites that offer free language lessons and activities. Below is the lesson I just did this morning, which is on YouTube. The man's voice is loud and clear, and the visuals reenforce what he is saying very well. You can watch the video and learn - or just listen to the audio and train your ear to the nuances of the French language. The video covers the different articles that go before masculine and feminine nouns, something we don't have in English (although I am familiar with this concept from my Spanish lessons in high school and college). For instance ...

- la balle or une balle (the ball/a ball) - feminine
- le razoir or un razoir (the razor/a razor) - masculine

See for yourself:

And so my morning leçon du jour is complete.

Until Paris ... five months and eight days to go!


Melissa said...

Lady, I LOVE your blog idea. You are just about the most adorable person I have come across all week (even if you are online and in PA.) !!!
Don't hesitate to seek me out for tips and ideas!

Sabina said...

That was fun! I wonder why ball is feminine and dessert is male? To me it seems it should be the other way around? ;)

Bonne journée!

Eli said...

and moustache is femine!!!

let me know your exact dates in Paris (maths never my strong point) as I visit at least once a month - and often two or three times eg Liege on 21-23 April to see the French touring version of 'Hair!' (yes I know its Belgium but they do have the best frites in the world!), 1-3 May to see 'Zorro!' yet again and dinner with French friends. 13-16 May with an Australian friend to see Garou at l'olympia and meet up with assorted UK/French friends. 28-30 May to see the english version of les mis at Chatelet. Nothing really planned after that until October for a musical about Joe Dassin at Grand Rex - but doubtless I can find a few more shows to see before then!


fromBAtoParis said...

Bonjour Cynthia,

Thanks for stopping by !! I already share your excitement about this trip to Paris...if you have questions, don't hesitate to ask me !!
Bon courage et à bientôt !!!

From the BBC series on Paris, Blood and Chocolate (Part 2 of 3). Enjoy!

Streets of Paris - I shot this the day I left Paris, on a rainy September morning.

Small group Paris tours for women